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Ethical Leadership – maintaining the momentum

13 Apr 2020   |   Karen Froggatt   |   Wellspring Academy Trust

You’ll have seen a number of references to the Ethical Leadership in Education Framework in recent months.

The Trust registered as a Pathfinder last year, helping to ‘give legs’ to the outcomes of a two year commission which involved representatives from ASCL, the NHT, Confederation of School Trusts, Chartered College of Teaching, the National Governance Association (NGA) and others, which had focused on this area.

The NGA has championed the Pathfinders’ initiative, aiming to create an extensive network of school leaders who are encouraged to share
their experiences and ideas.

Other organisations who were actively involved in the development of the Framework are pursuing other channels, such as influencing the DfE, with the aim of ethical leadership focusing prominently in teacher and leader development programmes.

An Ethics Committee (to be renamed Ethical Forum) seeks to maintain the momentum. I was invited to join late last year, in order to introduce a MAT perspective. It is really interesting to be involved in the planning of the next phase.

ASCL has been particularly involved from the outset. It was agreed at the last meeting that Geoff Barton, ASCL’s General Secretary, will chair the Forum in future, succeeding Carolyn Roberts, who has passionately driven this area of work. It’s great that Carolyn will continue to be a member of the Forum.

The Framework and its ‘virtues’ (as depicted in the graphic) complement the Nolan Principles of Public Life, which are hopefully ‘givens’ within the education sector.

Given Wellspring’s values, the Framework is a perfect fit. Work has started on embedding it into our practices, helping ensure that we ‘walk the talk’ and that we hold ourselves to account, being constantly mindful of our behaviour and of what is guiding our decision-making.

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