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Covid-19: Why we need ethical leadership more than ever – and what it looks like

We are teaching in uncertain times and Covid-19 is not going away anytime soon. Ethical leadership and kindness are among the traits that former school leader Matt Bromley says must be at the heart of our leadership response this academic year

Ethical leadership in education is driven by a respect for values and an unfaltering belief in the dignity and rights of others. Ethical leaders build school cultures governed by fair, clearly articulated expectations, rather than cultures driven by personalities or politics.

In an ethically led school, there a clear vision and mission and a set of shared values and principles that are understood and owned by everyone who works there. Every action that is taken is sense-checked against this vision and mission and if completion of said action would not uphold the values and principles, it is not considered valid.

Every element of the school, from performance management appraisals to staff professional development, from expectations of pupil behaviour to the resourcing of the curriculum, reflects this vision and mission, and these values and principles.

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