Women Leading in Education

Calling all aspiring women leaders across the North East… come & be part of the ‘Women Leading in Education’ Regional Network supported by the National College of Teaching & Leadership (NCTL).


A key part of the Government’s plan for education is ensuring that there is strong leadership in all schools to ensure the best outcomes for students. This includes removing barriers that stop individuals – such as women – reaching the leadership roles to which they aspire. There are a number of Government supported leadership programmes of which this is one. The North East Schools Teaching Alliance (NESTA), based in Middlesbrough, will lead the North East Regional Network which is one of 9 across the country.


To create a supportive network of women who are aspiring / new senior leaders; aspiring / new middle leaders & Sixth Form students who see themselves as leaders of the future across the North East region. The aim is to identify and support more women with their career progression & into leadership roles. There will be a variety of opportunities to work collaboratively, creating local, regional & national networking opportunities in order to facilitate leadership development.

Participants will be invited to attend:

2017 – Launch Event 12:30 – 5:30pm.

Date and Venue to be confirmed
This event will include inspirational speakers as well as an audit of needs which will be addressed in follow up Workshop sessions
Speakers (to be confirmed):

  • Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust;
  • Kaye Welfare, MD of ‘The Glass Lift’;
  • Vivenne Porritt, Co-founder of WomenEd.

Easter – October 2017 – 2 x ½ day Workshop sessions

Potential sessions for aspiring Senior / Middle leaders:

  • Leadership styles & skills;
  • Using data / Progress measures;
  • Managing a schools finances;
  • Managing Human Resources;
  • Strategic Management / Planning;
  • Coaching & confidence building;
  • Ofsted;
  • Governance;
  • Dealing with difficult situations / having difficult conversations;
  • Applying for leadership posts / CV writing / interview technique.

Potential sessions for Sixth form participants:

  • Leadership styles & skills;
  • What it means to be a school leader;
  • Work experience / shadowing Understanding how a school works.

September 30th 2017 – WomenEd Conference 3 – Sheffield

Full day (Saturday) with transport to and from event provided. FREE to all participants.

October – December 2017 – Lead Meet Event

Reflection activities / Personalised targets set to achieve goals / next steps of career progression.
The commitment in the first instance would be until December 2017. However, it is hoped that participants will contribute to Year 2 of the project as coaches / supporters of the work & women involved in Cohort 2 of the programme.


The programme is funded by the National College of Teaching and Leadership and is free to participants. Costs will be paid to the home school of each participant to contribute to resulting cover.
Expression of Interest:
Candidates who wish to join this network should send their names to Nicki Smith, Assistant Vice Principal – NESTA at Nunthorpe Academy – [email protected]

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