Code of Practise

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Polaris Wilderness Adventure Ltd - Code of Practise.

We appreciate the trust that you place in us by booking one of our courses, trust that we will deliver, to a very high standard, a fun and enjoyable learning experience that will stay with you and enthuse your passion for the outdoors. The following is our Code Of Practise, which explains the standard of conduct you will receive from our instructors and staff. It consists of 6 elements:

1. Professional Values and Relationships

Our staff:

1.1 Are fair, caring and committed to the best interests of the students entrusted to their

care, and seek to motivate, inspire and celebrate effort and success

1.2. Acknowledge and respect the uniqueness, individuality and specific needs of students.

1.3. Are committed to equality and inclusion and to respecting and accommodating diversity

including those differences arising from gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation,

religion, age, disability, race, ethnicity, membership of the Traveller community and

socio-economic status, and any further grounds as may be referenced in equality legislation in

the future.

We acknowledge however that  some activities, ( e.g. tree felling) either due to the very nature of the activity, the terrain, the conditions or a combination of these factors may be unsafe for people with certain disabilities or injuries, and that a basic level of fitness and mobility is necessary to safely undertake some tasks. Anyone unsure about their fitness will be advised to seek a qualified medical opinion.

1.4. Seek to develop positive relationships with students and  colleagues  that are characterised by

professional integrity and judgement

1.5. Maintain a culture of mutual trust and respect.

 

2. Professional Integrity

 Our staff will:

2.1. Act with honesty and integrity in all aspects of their work

2.2. Respect the privacy of others and the confidentiality of information gained in the

course of professional practice, unless a legal imperative requires disclosure or there is

a legitimate concern for the wellbeing of an individual

2.3. Represent themselves, their professional status, qualifications and experience honestly

Our Instructors will:

2.4. Have a current enhanced CRB certificate, and first aid qualification.

 

 

 

3. Professional Conduct

Our staff will:

3.1. Uphold the reputation and standing of the company

3.2. Take all reasonable steps in relation to the care of students under their supervision, so as to

ensure their safety and welfare

3.3. Work within the framework of relevant legislation and regulations

3.4. Comply with agreed national and school policies, procedures and guidelines which aim to

promote pupil/student education and welfare and child protection

3.5. Report, where appropriate, and as required by statute, incidents or matters which impact on student welfare

3.6. Communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and others in a manner that is professional, collaborative and supportive, and based on trust and respect

3.7. Ensure that any communication with students, colleagues, and others is appropriate, including both verbal communication and via electronic media, such as e-mail, texting and social networking sites

3.8 Ensure that they do not practise while under the influence of any substance which impairs their

fitness to teach.

 

4. Professional Practice

 Our Instructors will:

4.1. Maintain high standards of practice in relation to student learning, planning, monitoring, assessing, reporting and providing feedback

4.2 Plan and communicate clear, challenging and achievable expectations for students

4.3. Create an environment where students can become active agents in the learning process and develop lifelong learning skills

4.4. Develop teaching, learning and assessment strategies that support differentiated learning

in a way that respects the dignity of all students

4.5. Inform their professional judgement and practice by engaging with, and reflecting on,

student development, learning theory,  curriculum development, ethical practice, educational policy and legislation

4.6. In a context of mutual respect, be open and responsive to constructive feedback regarding

their practice and, if necessary, seek appropriate support, advice and guidance

4.7. Act in the best interest of students.

4.8 Lead by example in adhering to an ethos of leaving no trace of our presence in the natural environment, by:

  • Ensuring all litter is taken away, and properly recycled or disposed of, as appropriate.
  • Siting fires appropriately, managing and extinguishing them safely and leaving  no trace of the campfire when we leave a site
  • Minimising vehicle impact on the wilderness
  • Minimising the impact of pedestrian access/traffic, and ensuring students and staff do not inadvertently stray onto private land.
  • Ensuring the activities of our staff and students don’t disturb/disrupt any site designated as a SSSI, or any protected species.
  • Ensuring adherence with the provisions of the Countryside and Wildlife Act.
  • Gathering foods and materials in a sustainable way with consideration to how our actions will effect how plants and trees we harvest will heal and replenish.
  • Enforcing a designated smoking area within the camp away from the main areas, for the benefit of all, and asking for all discarded cigarette butts to be burnt on the fire.

4.8 Young People. Our staff will –

Have a current DBS certificate ( enhanced CRB )

Treat everyone with dignity and respect

Set an example for other to follow

Treat all young people equally but individually according to their needs

Ensure all steps are taken in designing courses and activities so that it is never necessary during for an adult to have has unsupervised access to a child for whom they are not the guardian.

Maintain agreed ratios in groups between instructors/staff and young people

Report any concerns expressed by young people in accordance with

 

5. Professional Development

Our Instructors will:

5.1. Take personal responsibility for sustaining and improving the quality of their professional

practice by:

• Actively maintaining their professional knowledge and understanding to ensure it is current

• reflecting on and critically evaluating their professional practice, in light of their professional knowledge base

• availing of opportunities for continual professional development.

6. Professional  Collaboration

Our Instructors will:

6.1. Work with fellow Instructors and all other relevant parties in the interests of sharing, developing

and supporting good practice and maintaining the highest quality of educational experiences for

students.

6.2. Work in a collaborative manner with students, parents/guardians, other members of staff  & relevant professionals as appropriate, in seeking to effectively meet the needs of students.

Graham Couling ( Director)