West Country Teaching School Alliance and Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance are pleased to announce that we are forming a partnership to develop the Women Leading in Education South West programme. This creates a unique opportunity to share our resources and expertise so that we can play a key role in the campaign for gender equality in leadership in the region.
The gender gap in education leadership is unacceptably wide and the pace of improvement unacceptably slow. According to Dr Kay Fuller, in 2015 women made up 64% of the teaching workforce but only accounted for 40% of headteachers. Fuller argues that – at current rates – it will take until 2040 to close the gap.
The National College of Teaching (NCTL) and Leadership’s Women Leading in Education team is leading on a range of national programmes to address this. This includes a coaching programme and regional networks. In the South West, Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance (DTSA) were awarded in November 2016 the grant to deliver a network programme for the region. In October 2017 the NCTL invited West Country Teaching School Alliance (WCTSA) to support the delivery of the coaching programme through grant funding.
DTSA and WCTSA have brought together both programmes to maximise their impact on the profile of gender leadership within the region. The individual grant sums – while hugely valued – are relatively small for delivery on a regional scale. By combining, we ensure the following: