The following excerpts of the Principles of Good Practice, published by the Independent Educational Consultants Association, are principles that guide our work at Landon Education:
Summary Level Principles of Good Practice
- The consultant’s primary obligation is to represent each client accurately based upon a professional evaluation of the circumstances and requirements of the case.
- The consulting relationship does not imply guarantee of specific placement.
- The consultant shall neither solicit nor accept compensation from any school, college, or institution for placement of the client.
- The consultant shall respect the integrity of the consulting relationship and of all relevant information.
- The consultant shall present to the client the most appropriate choices, representing each one fairly and shall make clear the client’s responsibilities in dealing with any schools, colleges or institutions.
- The consultant shall not discriminate against clients on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin.
- A consultant strives to be aware of and practice within the boundaries of his/her competence based on relevant education, training, or experience.
- A consultant strives continually to broaden and update his/her knowledge of appropriate options.
- A consultant strives to avoid multiple relationships which could potentially harm or raise questions about the integrity of the professional’s relationship with the students and their families.
- A consultant discloses any relationship with schools or programs and requests signed attestation by their clients of this disclosure.
Client and Family Relations
- A consultant strives to include all family members in educational planning.
- A consultant has an obligation to discuss with the family as early as feasible the fees and financial arrangement.
- A consultant strives to use all possible resources in the process of providing options.
- A consultant strives to understand the student’s special strengths, values and needs.
- A consultant strives to provide similar information to all concerned with the student’s welfare.
- A consultant strives to be cognizant of cultural, individual and role differences.
- A consultant does not accept any compensation from the educational institutions for placement of a child.
- A consultant strives to avoid actions, which may give the appearance of an attempt to influence an admissions placement.
- A consultant strives to maintain awareness of current trends and practices in admissions.
- A consultant strives to develop and cultivate a network of professional contacts.