• Revealed: the lack of diversity in education leadership roles

    Only three per cent of the largest academy trusts in the country are led by non-white bosses, a new analysis by Schools Week has found. Revealing a stark diversity gap in education’s top jobs, our study suggests just two chief executives of the 72 academy trusts with 15 schools or more are black, Asian and

    5.00 Nov. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Punk leadership means daring to think outside the system

    The education community has a jaundiced view of school leadership at present, which is seen as risk-averse or even cowardly, says Keziah Featherstone has seen the alternative It’s doubtful that the model answer to the interview question “describe your leadership style” involves exhibiting so little moral backbone that you’ll do almost anything in pursuit of

    5.00 Jun. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • WomenEd: Braving that first leap to leadership

    Schools Week’s Alix Robertson attended the WomenEd conference last saturday. While she was there she caught up with Vicky Paver to discuss her whirlwind year from teacher to head When Vicky Paver mustered the courage to run a session at a WomenEd conference in London last year, she had no idea how much her career

    7.00 Mar. 11th, 2018 | Feature

  • DfE fails to hit female leadership coaching target

    The Department for Education is almost a year behind on its target to link 1,000 women teachers with 1,000 coaches, through its scheme to encourage more female school leaders. Launched by the DfE and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in March 2016, the Women Leading in Education (WLE) programme promised to 1,000 connections

    5.00 Jan. 13th, 2018 | News

  • WomenEd invites flexible working ideas for schools

    A national networking group for women in education is calling for ideas on how flexible working can successfully be implemented in schools. At their national conference in Sheffield last Saturday, WomenEd national leader Vivienne Porritt announced that she has been invited to contribute to a Flexible Working Summit organised by the Department for Education, on

    12.07 Oct. 5th, 2017 | Politics

  • Hannah Wilson, headteacher, Aureus School

    On a half-finished housing estate, nestled between between the A4130 and Wantage Road in Oxfordshire, builders are finishing a utopian dream of suburbia. Over 3,300 new homes are under construction, alongside retirement flats, dentists, pubs, sports parks. It’s as if town planners from the 1950s time-travelled to the present and knocked themselves out with delight.

    5.00 Jun. 13th, 2017 | Features

  • Staff offered therapy to manage work pressure

    An alternative provision multi-academy trust has extended student therapeutic services to staff to help them to manage the challenges and pressures of their work. Speaking at the WomenEd unconference event in London on Saturday, Sarah Hardy (pictured), executive head of the TBAP Teaching School Alliance, explained how the programme, which began in September, benefits staff.

    5.00 Mar. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Unpaid DfE coaching scheme for women teachers criticised as 'tick-box exercise'

    A government scheme to encourage more women to become school leaders has been dubbed a “tick-box exercise” by those involved in the initiative. Launched by the Department for Education (DfE) and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) nearly eight months ago, the scheme promised to link 1,000 women teachers with 1,000 coaches and school

    5.00 Nov. 7th, 2016 | News

  • Multi-academy trusts 6 times more likely to be named after men than women

    Multi-academy trusts are six times more likely to be named after men than women, a Schools Week investigation has revealed. Analysis of the names given to multi-academy trusts (MATs) show 63 are named after men while only 10 are named after a woman – and none after a female MAT founder. Free schools, opened since

    5.00 Nov. 4th, 2016 | News

  • Is race the elephant in the staffroom?

    Men at the recent WomenEd conference admitted they were scared to talk about gender. Are white people just as scared to talk about race, asks Cath Murray This week, Jon Chaloner writes a column for us about last weekend’s WomenEd “unconference”. One keynote event featured men: the HeforShe panel. There were eight men at the

    5.00 Oct. 15th, 2016 | Opinion