Code of Practice for ART Members


The aim of the Association of Ringing Teachers (ART) is to improve the learning experience of Ringers.

ART supports and develops the delivery, integrity and standards of teaching, instruction, and education of the art of bell ringing

ART members should always be aware of safety issues and teach and instruct in a structured, safe way and in a safe environment. The personal safety and well-being of young people and vulnerable adults is of particular importance.

This code of practice outlines the standards of behaviour expected of all ART Members and ART employees, to ensure that ART is effective, open and accountable. It also provides an environment for productive and supportive relationships with each other and people who interact with ART.

Code of Practice

ART Members shall:

  • Teach safely. Always consider safety issues, warn new ringers of risks and teach in a safe and structured way and a safe environment.
  • Continually develop. Continue to learn, revise and develop teaching skills.
  • Be professional and collaborative. Approach all teaching in a professional way and initiate or contribute to group teaching schemes.
  • Use Learning the Ropes. Register all ringers on SmART Ringer and use Learning the Ropes to include the steps of structured skill development.
  • Be an ambassador for teachers of change ringing.


ART Members and employees should maintain the highest standards of behaviour. It is expected they will perform their role to the best of their ability in a safe, efficient, and competent way. They should act honestly, responsibly and with integrity and treat others with fairness, equality, dignity and respect. They should always act in a way that is in line with ART’s values and enhance the reputation of ART and ringing. Communications must be open and honest at all times.

When carrying out duties on behalf of ART, it is expected that ART Members and employees will not be affected by alcohol, drugs or medication which may affect their ability to carry out their responsibilities.

ART is committed to creating an environment where all ringers will be treated fairly and with respect. ART will not tolerate any form of discrimination, intimidation, bullying, victimisation, or harassment. This includes all communication whether it is verbal, non-verbal, or in writing, including over social media and all electronic communication.

What to do when things go wrong

ART is committed to resolving any issue promptly and fairly. If something goes wrong, ART will seek to work together, with those involved, to try and resolve any issues.

Anyone with a concern about an ART Member or anyone who feels they are being treated unfairly, harassed or bullied by an ART Member, should contact the ART Administrator immediately. The ART Chairman will be informed who will invoke the Problem Solving Procedure.

Code of Practice History

Last Modified: May 2023

Last Reviewed: January 2022


If you have any questions about this Code of Practice you are invited to contact the Association at: