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‘I solemnly swear to put my pupils’ interests first’

The medical profession is buoyed by the modern version of the Hippocratic oath and school leaders could also benefit from a public declaration of shared values

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The medical and education professions share a common commitment to ethical practice. However, unlike teachers, many graduating doctors are required to take a pledge, or swear an oath, regarding their commitment to ethical practice.

This “declaration of a doctor” as it is more commonly referred to in modern universities, is rooted in the ancient Greek concept of the Hippocratic oath. In my new role working with many large commercial companies, I find it fascinating that a number of them have adopted the concept of a public declaration, pledge or oath that aligns their behaviour with their ...

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