Over 30 female leaders in education from across the region came together at Linton Village College to take part in a professional development opportunity designed to grow headteachers of the future.
The Department for Education funded project aims to support local assistant or deputy heads through a coaching and mentoring programme, to learn more about the rewards and challenges of headship.
Jill Berry, educational consultant and author of Making the Leap, Moving From Deputy to Head was the keynote speaker.
She said: “Schools are facing a shortage of willing, strong candidates for the headship. “It’s essential to encourage, prepare and support future generations of heads, to secure high standards of leadership in our schools.”
Specific shortfalls in women’s recruitment to headship include challenges around age, pregnancy and attitudes. At secondary level, 62 per cent of teachers are female whereas only 36 per cent of secondary heads are women.
The project seeks to address these challenges and impact the numbers of talented female deputy and assistant headteachers making the transition to headship.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for senior female leaders to work collaboratively and strengthen networks to secure the best outcomes for young people,” said Carey Mayzes, assistant principal at Linton Village College and project lead.
‘Making the Leap’ will continue to support and develop female leaders with a second cohort beginning in November 2017.