Does your head meet these new ethical standards?

A high-powered commission has published a new ethical framework to guide the actions of education leaders. Tes reports.

The code, published today, is the product of work by a panel that was set up by the Association of School and College Leaders in 2017.

Carolyn Roberts, a London head who chaired the ethical leadership commission, said: “We all have a duty to behave ethically, but the bar for school and college leaders is particularly high because they are setting the standards for the young people in their care and in turn the sort of society that we become in the future.”

The Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education sets out the following seven principles:

Selflessness: School and college leaders should act solely in the interest of children and young people.

Integrity: School and college leaders must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. Before acting and taking decisions, they must declare and resolve openly any perceived conflict of interest and relationships.

Accountability: School and college leaders are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

The commission has also published a further seven personal characteristics or virtues that leaders should show:

Trust | leaders are trustworthy and reliable
We hold trust on behalf of children and should be beyond reproach. We are honest about our motivations.

Optimism | leaders are positive and encouraging
Despite difficulties and pressures, we are developing excellent education to change the world for the better. 

Read more of the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education principles and characteristics your leader should show Does your head meet these new ethical standards?

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  1. Mr Mike Bell

    There doesn’t seem to be anything in these ethical standards about how school leaders should treat their staff. I understand that a major source of stress on teachers are the dictates from senior staff (often excused by reference to OFSTED etc).

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