BCTF Code of Ethics

The BCTF Code of Ethics provides teachers in British Columbia with an ethical framework for exercising our responsibilities and duties as teachers.

The B.C. Teachers’ Federation is a union of professionals and represents the teaching profession in British Columbia. At the heart of this profession is the expertise (professional knowledge) and standards of practice (professional action) that guides teachers’ autonomy when meeting the educational needs of students. Like an profession, the purpose of public education is to serve a benefit to the community at large and to the students we serve. To read more about the BCTF Code of Ethics visit them here.

During this pandemic, the following ethics are important to keep in mind:

  • The member speaks and acts toward students with respect and dignity, and deals judiciously with them, always mindful of their individual rights and sensibilities.
  • A privileged relationship exists between members and students. The member refrains from exploiting that relationship for material, ideological, or other advantage.
  • The member is willing to review with colleagues, students, and their parents/guardians the practices employed in discharging the member’s professional duties.