A new set of principles to support school leaders, governors and trustees in navigating “the educational moral maze” has been set out in the Ethical Leadership Commission’s final report.
The Commission was launched by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) in 2017 and includes senior representatives from across the education sector. It was established because of concerns expressed by ASCL members and others about the lack of guiding principles for ethical leadership in education.
Building on the Nolan Principles of Public Life, it comprises a set of values and virtues, against which to evaluate decisions and actions. It is intended to act as a counterpoint to the official language about measurement of schools and pupils that is commonly used.
The Commission felt this was particularly noteworthy in a school leadership climate where structures are diverse, accountability measures and their consequences are severe, and in which decisions are often taken under great pressure with competing demands in play.
The full report is available here.