Don Ledingham

‘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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