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Good practice guides
Good practice guides

To complement the Code of professional conduct and practice, we publish a number of good practice guides intended to support registrants in a number of key areas.

Each guide aims to raise the awareness of all registrants across all sectors to help guide day to day professional judgments and decisions:

Good Practice Guides

Mental health and wellbeing

We know that in order to support our children and young people as best they can, our education practitioners need to take care of their own mental health and wellbeing. To support them in this, we have partnered up with national charity, Education Support, to produce a wellbeing good practice guide. The guide discusses some of the core building blocks which are essential to supporting good mental health and wellbeing, along with links to a range of useful tools, resources, and sources of information.   Download print friendly version

Leaders in education

This guide has been developed specifically for education leaders and will be of use for those in both senior, and middle, leadership roles. Download print friendly version

 Tackling racism

All learners in Wales should feel confident that they will be safe, supported and treated with fairness and respect when they attend their place of learning. This guide, endorsed by BAMEed Network Wales and Show Racism the Red Card, provides guidance on ways to ensure your behaviours and practice are inclusive and create an environment where learners, young people and colleagues feel welcome regardless of their race or ethnicity. It also supports all registrants in identifying and addressing issues of racism. Download print friendly version | Read web version

Professionalism in action

There are many important characteristics that contribute to your professionalism. This guide highlights its importance as an EWC registered professional and your commitment to upholding public trust and confidence in your profession. Download print friendly version  | Read web version

Being open and honest as an education professional

This guide aims to help raise your awareness and understanding of key areas of your professional and personal life where openness and honesty is expected. Download the guide

Positive working relationships

Even though you spend the majority of your time, care and attention on fostering positive relationships with learners, it’s just as important to build good working relationships with colleagues. Download the guide

Professional boundaries with learners

The way you relate to learners should involve a careful balance of professional engagement and professional distance. But the defined boundaries can unknowingly be crossed. How do you maintain this balance? Download the guide  

Using social media responsibly

Approached with sufficient thought and awareness, social media can offer you numerous benefits as an education practitioner. However, there are potentially very serious consequences with its casual use. How do you avoid them? Download the guide

Testing, assessment, examinations and invigilation

The responsibility on practitioners to conduct themselves honestly when measuring learners’ progress is significant, and demands a high level of personal and professional integrity. How do you manage that responsibility? Download the guide

Appropriate touch, handling and restraint

The appropriate touching, handling and restraint of learners is sometimes necessary and proportionate in the work place. But sometimes things can go wrong. How do you make the best decision for the situation? Download the guide

Presentations

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Maintaining clear professional boundaries in your relationships with learners safeguards them and protects you. Our fourth good practice guide aims to help raise your awareness and understanding in relation to managing your professional relationships with learners. This should be read in conjunction with the EWC Code of Conduct and Practice .

  Download the guide .

Our second Good practice guide aims to safeguard registrants by setting out guidelines on how to conduct tests, assessments and examinations in educational settings and to invigilate effectively and in line with the EWC code of conduct and practice .

EWC registrants have varied roles associated with formal and informal tests, assessments, examinations and invigilation we hope the guide will help raise awareness of the responsibilities upon them to follow best practice and to protect themselves."

You can download the good practice guide here .

Our third Good practice guide aims to help our registrants increase awareness of this aspect of their professional practice. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the EWC code of conduct and practice .

You can download the good practice guide here .

EWC offer sessions which focus on the Code of conduct and practice and fitness to practise. If you or your employer would like to arrange one, please contact us on 029 2046 0099 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Social media are web-based applications that allow people to create and exchange content. The popularity of social media has grown rapidly in recent years with widespread use of sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn as well as e-mail, texting and instant messaging.

When used responsibly and appropriately social media can offer several benefits for practitioners such as:

  • to build and maintain professional relationships
  • to give access to support networks, a means to discuss professional issues and share good practice
  • access to professional learning opportunities and / or educational resources

However, there are also a number of dangers and pitfalls that practitioners need to be aware of if they decide to use social media. In fact, we have experienced a steady rise in cases referred to us relating to social media misuse.

To help practitioners better understand how to use social media appropriately we have developed a Guide to using social media responsibly . The guide should be read in conjunction with the Code of Professional Conduct and Practice as the code sets out the key principles of good conduct and practice for registrants.

We hope you find the guide useful and if you have any queries about our fitness to practise work you can e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..