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Code of professional practice

Code of professional practice


The Code of Practice sets out the professional behaviour and conduct expected of members of the Society for Education and Training (SET), including mandatory requirements which must be complied with to become and remain a member. It is a very important statement of what it means to be part of SET, and the levels of professionalism that are required or encouraged of all of our members.

Committing to the SET Code of Practice is a key part of becoming a member, and then remaining a member for subsequent years. SET also has procedures for reviewing membership applications using the Code or to consider information that may call into question a member’s suitability. We have designed these procedures so they are transparent and involve members in making decisions about others’ suitability, and then reviewing these decisions if necessary.

You can view the documents that make up the SET Code of Practice and procedures by clicking on the links below:

Code of Practice

Guidance on suitability for membership

SET membership procedures: applications

SET membership procedures: action against members

SET membership procedure flowchart


The SET Code of Practice documents make reference to the conditions of membership. You can access these on the website by clicking here. There may be changes to the conditions of membership from time to time, and members will be informed of any amendments that are made.

The Department for Education Teachers’ Standards

If you are a teacher who works in the schools sector, you are also bound by the Department for Education Teachers’ Standards. Compliance with the SET Code of Practice will not bring you into breach of the Teachers’ Standards, or vice versa.