On Monday 12th June, The Springfields Academy were delighted to host the Wiltshire launch of the national initiative, ‘Women Leading in Education’. The project aims to support women with their career within education and to encourage more women to apply for leadership positions. The Wiltshire network forms part of the larger South West hub, led by Dartmoor Teaching School alliance.
Over 36 existing and aspiring female leaders attended the launch meeting, which was opened by The Springfields Academy’s Headteacher, and #HeForShe ambassador, Jon Hamp. Nicola Brooks, Women into Leadership Champion for the South West, then introduced the project, sharing some of the statistics which show why the project is necessary. Nicola drew on the work of both Dr Kay Fuller, from Nottingham University, and Margaret Davies, Occupational Psychologist and Director of ‘The Glass Lift’. Time for networking and refreshments followed, before 4 inspirational female leaders inspired us with their leadership journeys: Annie Massey and Helen Carpenter from Abbeyfield School, Shelley Ball from Malmesbury School, and Ellen Travers-Gaisford from Ridgeway School.
Overall, it was an inspirational evening, with one attendee stating: “A big thank you for organising such an inspirational session. All 5 presenters were excellent, I particularly liked hearing the ladders climbed by you Ladies.”
If you, or someone you know is interested in joining the network and/or attending our next meeting then please contact Women into Leadership Champion, Nicola Brooks, through firstname.lastname@example.org .