Release date: 16/03/2018

In its report to the ASCL conference 2018 on 10 March, ASCL’s Ethical Leadership Commission launched a consultation on its draft Ethical Framework for Educational Leadership, which includes a set of principles intended to support ethical leadership in education.

The Ethical Leadership Commission was launched by ASCL in March 2017 and includes amongst its representatives Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman, Chartered College of Teaching chief executive Dame Alison Peacock alongside Emma Knights OBE, chief executive of the National Governance Association.

The report also summarises the work of the commission over the past year which has included “designing and developing a set of principles and virtues against which we can test our decision-making in educational leadership” – and set out the plans for the year ahead.

Describing the Ethical Framework for Educational Leadership, the commission says it “aims to give clear structure to what most teachers and headteachers know intuitively” and “will help us make the right decisions for the good of our children and young people, and all of our futures.”

The commission is now inviting feedback on the draft framework from stakeholders including school governors and trustees – please send your comments to commission chair Carolyn Roberts at

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