Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education

The nation trusts us to form young people into the best that they can be. The public expects us to know what kind of example we should set them, but do we? How do we know what’s right or wrong?
Carolyn Roberts, Commission Chair, April 2017

Welcome to page for the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education, this page hopes to direct you to the correct site for all the components of the Framework. If you have any queries about this page, or any queries please contact Carys at the NGA:

About the commission

The Ethical Leadership Commission was started in April 2017, after requests from ASCL membership to embed and direct ethical issues into teaching and education. A wide range of Commission members worked to inform the direction of ethical leadership and the role of this in education. With Commission members from ASCL, NAHT, NGA, Chartered College of Teaching, Committee for Standards in Public Life and many others, the Commission published an initial report before launching the final report in January 2019.‚Äč

Download the initial report of the Ethical Leadership Commission to ASCL Annual Conference (2018) 

About the report

In January 2019, the Commission published the final report of the Commission: Navigating the Educational Moral Maze. 

Download the final report of the Ethical Leadership Commission (2019)

About the framework 

The framework includes the key aspects of ethical thought leadership, and embodies the words and actions that the commission hope to integrate into educational leadership.

Download the framework

About the pathfinders

We are excited to launch the pathfinders programme, for school leaders and governors/trustees to integrate ethical leadership in their schools/trusts. The pathfinders will have access to resources to embed this thinking into their roles, with the support of NGA. We are looking for feedback on these resources to improve the resources and continue to develop ethical leadership.

For access to the resources, please email: to register.

Download the advert for pathfinders

The Ethics Forum

We are delighted to introduce the Ethics Forum. Based in the Chartered College of Teaching and reporting to its Leadership Development Group, the Forum begins its work in Spring 2019. The Ethics Forum will be one of the professional services the CCT offers its members. It has been developed as part of the work of the Ethical Leadership Commission (ELC) which met in 2017-2018.

For information on how to join the forum, please visit and read the Constitution of the Ethical Forum.


The first ethics exchange and inaugural ethics forum will be held on the 04 July 2019. Pathfinders have been invited directly to attend the ethics exchange (please see above on how to register as a pathfinder). However, the ethics forum is open to all! Please email to register your interest to attend. 


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