Code of Ethics

ASSOCIATION

All schools which are members of the Association agree to abide by the following Code of Ethics:

Employment Practices

1. The terms of contract for professional personnel should be clearly stated and in agreement with Spanish law.

Integrity of the School

  1. A school should meticulously carry out the commitments and contracts made with any person, school, organisation or the general public.
  2. A school should carefully avoid misleading or ambiguous statements about its work, situation and status.
  3. A school should respect normal conventions regarding confidentiality.
  4. A school should avoid giving misleading information about member schools and avoid passing value judgements on them.

Recruitment Practices

  1. The right of a teacher to visit and to consider employment in another NABSS school, without notifying his/her current employer, should be respected.
  2. The right of a school to consider employing a teacher employed in another NABSS school, without notifying the candidate’s current school, should be respected.
  3. A school may not offer employment to a teacher from another NABSS school during the course of the academic year, unless this is acceptable to the teacher’s current school. In order to employ a teacher from another NABSS school for September, the employing school must ensure that the teacher in question notifies his/her current school by May 31st at the latest.
  4. Once the availability for employment of a teacher in a NABSS school has been confirmed, a reference must be requested by the interested school, and provided by the candidate’s current place of employment.
  5. A school should not attempt to influence a person to break a contract already signed with another school, nor should it knowingly initiate attempts to employ a teacher currently employed elsewhere.

Transfer and Enrollment of Students

  1. The right of a pupil and his/her parents to visit and consider schools, other than that which the pupil is currently attending, is recognised. The right of schools to hold preliminary discussions with parents of prospective pupils from other NABSS schools, without notifying those schools, is also recognised. However, a school should not initiate attempts to enroll pupils currently enrolled elsewhere.
  2. Before enrolling a pupil from another NABSS school, a school must check with the pupil’s current school that that there are no outstanding issues. If any issues exist, enrollment should be delayed until they are resolved. When a pupil is transferring from one NABSS school to another, the current school must, if requested by the receiving school, provide an academic and character report.
  3. Schools must not discredit other NABSS centres nor engage in any activity which may cause unfair competition among them.
  4. A school’s most important consideration in enrolling a new pupil should be his/her welfare.

Procedure in the case of breach of the NABSS Code of Ethics

  1. Any reported failure to comply with the Code of Ethics will be referred to the Executive Committee. The Committee will investigate the incident, giving each school the opportunity to present its case and supply supporting evidence.
  2. If a breach of the Code is confirmed, the Committee will decide what sanctions to apply, according to the severity of the case. Both schools will be informed of the outcome of the investigation.
  3. All proven instances of a breach of the NABSS Code of Ethics will be reported, in writing, to all member schools. The report will specify the name of the offending school, details of how it has breached the Code of Ethics, and the sanction applied.

Sanctions

  1. Written warning.
  2. In the case of a serious or repeated breach of the Code of Ethics the school’s right to attend the AGM and to vote will be withdrawn for a period determined by the Executive Committee.
  3. In extreme or repeated breaches, as referred to in Article 16 of the Statutes, the case will be discussed at a general assembly of the Association and the school’s membership may be withdrawn.