Professional Code of Practice
The Association was established in 1984 and has become the key influential professional association for those working in ICT in education. Naace is a registered charity. The principal aim of Naace is to advance education through the appropriate use of information technology and to offer encouragement, advice and assistance in this regard. Membership of Naace is open to anyone who is able to contribute to the achievement of this aim through their work.
A. In respect of all aspects of their work, all Naace Members
- shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the good standing and reputation of educational professionals;
- shall be active in improving their professional knowledge and competence;
- shall acknowledge any limitations in their knowledge and competence and decline any request for services unless able to perform them in a professional and competent manner;
- shall, where appropriate, support Naace Members by participating in professional development activities designed to develop their professional competence;
- shall, where appropriate, work in a collaborative and co-operative manner with Naace Members and other professional colleagues, recognising and respecting their particular strengths and contributions within a team;
- shall protect all confidential client information obtained in the course of providing services and make disclosures only with the consent of the client or as required by law;
- shall comply in every respect with the law on copyright, particularly as it applies to software and documentation, and will provide advice to clients which is consistent with their own good practice;
- shall comply in every respect with the law on Data Protection and will provide advice to clients which is consistent with their own good practice;
- shall promote work practices which support good health and safety practice particularly as it applies to working with ICT and will provide advice to clients which is consistent with their own good practice;
- shall promote work practices which support good practice on equality of opportunity and will provide advice to clients which is consistent with their own good practice.
B. In respect of the promotion of any services to education, all Naace Members
- shall make clear to prospective clients whether their advice or services are offered on an independent and impartial basis, or are offered in association with specific goods or services;
- shall ensure that any publicity for which they may be held responsible is not inaccurate, misleading or likely to cause offence, and does not make reference to services provided by other Naace Members unless this is by agreement with them;
- shall ensure that their membership of Naace is not used in the promotion of products or services in such a manner as to imply an endorsement of such products or services by Naace;
- shall not use the Naace logo or name in any form unless they have written authorisation from the Association to do so;
- shall represent or publicise the views of the Association only in terms of information contained in existing Naace publications;
- shall refuse any gift, favour or hospitality from clients or third parties which might be interpreted as seeking to exert influence to obtain preferential consideration or biased advice;
- in circumstances where a fee is quoted by them for professional services, shall ensure that they have received sufficient information to enable them to assess the nature and scope of the services provided.
C. In respect of their participation in the work of the Association, all Naace Members
- shall always declare any commercial or other relevant interest when participating in working groups or policy debates within the Association;
- shall, when standing for election to office, ensure that they declare any commercial or other relevant interest.