When interviewing for teacher or senior leadership positions, the use of moral dilemmas can give you crucial insights into their key skills and attitudes. Jim Mepham explains

In previous articles for Headteacher Update I have written about how ethical education is as important as teaching children knowledge, skills and understanding of curriculum subjects.

I defined ethical education as “relating to standards of right and wrong, how we should act, obligations, duties and rights”, adding that “ethics is about values like fairness, respect and autonomy” (Mepham, 2022).

This is not, what some on the conservative right wing, might call liberal “wokery”, but rather it is about teaching children to think and behave morally and critically – essential qualities needed for citizenship and a future life in a democracy.

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