Why aren’t more women in charge in schools?

Females are still woefully underrepresented in senior leadership for education, says Victoria Cameron in Teachwire – but a groundswell is building for change…

Driven by my feminist intrigue, I joined the #WomenEd movement at the recent London ‘unconference’, themed ‘10% braver’, and spoke with female teachers and members of the #WomenEd leadership team, gaining valuable insight about the steps that need to be taken to create more effective, sustainable career pathways within the profession.

Alongside the existing challenges many women face – including a lack of self-confidence in pursuing career progression and a lack of available, and importantly, geographically-suitable roles – BAME women in education are also often exposed to racial bias that produces an overarching sense of isolation; something that is exacerbated by the lack of diversity in leadership roles.

According to Vivienne Porritt, vice-president at the Chartered College of Teaching and co-founder of #WomenEd, says, “women are trained not to promote their own agendas but instead, to focus on the needs of others”, and it’s these behaviours, shaped by stereotypes at a young age, that influence the ‘female’ approach to job applications and salary negotiations.”

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