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12/12/17

Retweeted From Julie Hunter

Excellent 💯 days where applies to both students and staff. for us all. Hope you have a good Christmas. 🌲

12/12/17

Retweeted From Innovate My School

To celebrate the season, name someone who's helped you this year (professional or personally), and HOW they've helped you - we'll retweet! We're thankful to for this brave, wonderful article: https://t.co/OGd3KDvJB9 https://t.co/cr4et6LyuL

12/12/17

Retweeted From Hannah Wilson

We are celebrating and lanching our series! https://t.co/zWMLl5D7Vc

12/12/17

Retweeted From Maternity Teacher

Basically, need to provide beds for this 3 day bonanza of events: https://t.co/U0W0r672Cn https://t.co/UKFELUHbEp

12/12/17

Retweeted From We are STEAM Co.

CONGRATULATIONS to - an inspiring school community : committed leadership, outstanding teachers and engaged learner. A great example of STEAM powered and values based pedagogy. Hear from them at our festival in Feb https://t.co/VVKgnU26g3

12/12/17

Ours were cancelled due to snow but the Longford Park party was great! 🎉

12/12/17

Morning - just confirmed we are closed. We are not receiving all of the local updates so only just found out about the buses being suspended.

12/12/17

.URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT - due to the drop in the temperature & dangerously icy conditions the school will be closed for our 2nd day on 12/12. We will update later today re the status for tomorrow. https://t.co/dLmK2m2tQp

11/12/17

Retweeted From Mike Armiger

When discussing equality with my students the other week, I asked them to come up with some counter points they could use when discussing the issue with those who oppose equal rights. They showed me this. And I love it! https://t.co/BWgknrhVd5

11/12/17

Retweeted From We are STEAM Co.

: one to discuss at a at Christmas or anytime The and how https://t.co/FGRA412P9X

11/12/17

Retweeted From Stemettes 💙 ★ # +

First didn't leave—men pushed them out: https://t.co/JIDkzg3zpM https://t.co/ZebK7BjdRL

11/12/17

Thank you Melanie :-)

11/12/17

Thanks Andy & the team :-)

11/12/17

Retweeted From Julie Hunter

Turning the playground for https://t.co/HNqoa7hSS8

11/12/17

Check out our copper circles for our charity appeal. (Delayed photo sharing!) https://t.co/PyHGFBqGZp

11/12/17

Retweeted From Sue Webb

Absolutely agree that Quality First Teaching is the answer. With that, every child will be given the very best opportunities. Embed VbE through the school for perfection! https://t.co/Lv0groKYcB

11/12/17

Thanks Sarah & Libby :-)

11/12/17

Thank you :-)

11/12/17

Thanks Zena :-)

#WomenEd

What is #WomenEd?

#WomenEd is a grassroots movement which connects existing and aspiring leaders in education. Even though women dominate the workforce across all sectors of education there still remain gender inequalities, particularly at senior leadership level and especially in secondary schools. The situation regarding BAME leadership is even more dire considering the fact that the student population is becoming increasingly diverse. This is clearly unacceptable and rapid change is needed.  #WomenEd will therefore campaign and use its collective power to make improvements, so that there is a more equitable balance in terms of gender and ethnicity at leadership level across all sectors of education.

Our 8 Cs are Clarity, Communication, Connection, Confidence, Collaboration, Community, Challenge and Change:

http://www.womened.org/

Why is now the time for #WomenEd?

#WomenEd sprang from blogs written by women leading in education on @Staffrm.  It was following these posts that #WomenEd originated and has since grown exponentially.  There seemed to be a sense of frustration among women in education that their voice wasn't being heard , a lack of confidence to negotiate contracts and pay and an urge to network for support and advice.  Teaching can be a lonely place and without a support structure, women may feel unsure about applying for promotion.  With encouragement and a ‘virtual’ network of mentors, women are feeling more confident to ‘take the leap’.  This phrase from Jill Berry and ‘#10% braver’, (courtesy of #WomenEd supporter Sue Cowley) are two messages we try to abide by in #WomenEd. 

What did #WomenEd set out to achieve?

We wanted to create a space for networking which would encourage women to aspire to, and gain, leadership positions.  In addition, our aim was to raise awareness of statistics and encourage those who are hiring to be proactive in their recruitment processes. Blind applications, informed knowledge of unconscious bias and accepting differences in how people may present themselves are all issues senior level staff should have on their agenda. 

What goals do #WomenEd have? 

Our goals are to continue growing and to remain a grassroots movement.  The success of the organisation is that it’s based on authentic educators with a sole purpose to help increase diversity in educational leadership.  We want to help and encourage as many women as possible to feel able to negotiate and develop their careers.  Having a wider impact via #WomenEd is another goal.  We are encouraging female students to become involved and a strong #HeForShe support network is also growing.  At our latest Unconference a popular panel included male Heads discussing how best to encourage women to apply for senior positions. 

What has #WomenEd contributed to date?

#WomenEd has been mentioned in the DFE’s White paper as a key group to support the development of women's leadership, we have had two national unconferences, many regional events and are generally who the press will contact on gender and diversity issues in education.   There are now 12 Regions with Regional Leaders attached.  These volunteers run events and connect and the Steering Group are the National Leaders to add support.   Microsoft built us a virtual Yammer community which is a network for people to find coaches and ask for advice and there is a sense from the majority of members that it is a supportive network which allows people to connect in a way which they hadn’t before.  Impact has been seen in the number of women who have applied to become a CEO, a headteacher, a senior of middle leader and who attribute their success to the support and philosophy of #WomenEd.

What hopes for the future does #WomenEd have?

Our aim is to see a statistically equal representation of women and BAME leaders in education which reflects not only the workforce but also the student population.  We want women to feel supported and confident enough to apply for leadership positions which will support schools as they deal with a significant recruitment crisis.  But this isn’t just about women; a more equitable society and a better spread of decision makers in education will benefit all.