"The Women Leading in Education South West Network has increased my confidence and made me believe that I can be an authentic leader despite not conforming to certain leadership stereotypes. I have no doubt that the training and support I have received has helped me secure a Deputy Headship at a fantastic comprehensive school which I hold in the highest regard. My current Head has been an advocate and unofficial sponsor for me, as well as a role model and I can’t underestimate how powerful this has been in developing my skills. I’ve had some other very strong role models, both male and female, who have inspired me and made me believe that ‘women like me’ can lead."
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Are women punished for being successful? Unconscious bias is not a woman’s issue – it is everyone’s issue, says Caroline Sherwood
As much as things are improving, arguably society is still bringing up girls to be compliant, passive and quiet and allowing boys to be assertive, authoritative and to have their voices heard.
In the same week Starbucks announced 100 percent gender, racial pay equity for U.S partners (https://news.starbucks.com/news/starbucks-pay-equity-for-partners), the BBC asked: why do schools have a 'massive pay gap'? Read more here:
As the Wiltshire lead centre for Women Leading in Education South West, it was only right that Springfields celebrated International Women’s Day with a great event organized by Nicola Brooks. Over 35 colleagues from 9 different schools joined us for an inspiring evening of learning, networking and fantastic raffle prizes!
Read more here: http://www.springfields.wilts.sch.uk/springfields-celebrates-international-womens-day/
On Friday 9th March the South West regional Hub Leads for the Coaching Pledge met to train with Margaret from The Glass Lift. The Hub Leads spent the morning focusing on Coaching for Impact, and the afternoon studying specific issues and barriers women might face. The Hub Leads are now ready to lead training for coaches across the South West. If you’d like to become a coach or would like coaching, follow this link: https://www.tscouncil.org.uk/women-leading-in-education-coaching-pledge/
And don’t forget to fill in our survey: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/regionalnetworks/