The DfE have funded 9 school-led regional networks, aimed at supporting women at all stages of their career with career progression, facilitating leadership development and coaching, and providing opportunities to network and share effective practice.
The Salop Teaching School Alliance is delighted to be part of this initiative and will be holding termly WLiE network events for aspirant women leaders.
Shadowing experiences have been organised by the alliance enabling eight aspirant women leaders the opportunity to spend a day shadowiing senior leaders.
Feedback from our shadowing experience opportunity:
"I have been able to have a fuller insight into the many different roles within SLT".
"All aspects of my day have been valuable. I appreciate the opportunity to have 1 to 1 time with different SLT members to discuss their roles and how I can develop as an aspiring leader."
"My shadowing experience has spurred me onto applying for an SLT post. I feel that I have been able to make contacts to help support me in the future and offer my help and services as well."
Feedback from our network meetings:
“Loved this session. Very inspirational hearing everyone’s pathways. As this is my first network meeting I would like to build on this in the future and feel that support and build on connections”
“My challenge is how I will balance family life and maintain my ambition as well as making sure my school sees that I am still keen to progress”
“I found the meeting really helpful talking to each other and sharing good practice. For future meetings it would be good to discuss interviews: skills & techniques How to move from HOD to first assistant head role, How do you know you are ready for the next role?
Our second network meeting focused on the key skills needed to secure a middle leadership post, at secondary level and addressed the key issues and challenges faced once you are in post. Please see presentations below:
Interview Skills, Alison Bell, Deputy Principal, The Priory School
Creating a Vision, Samantha Morris, Head of English, Ercall Wood School
Challenges, Jennifer Whitfield, Head of MFL, Thomas Adams School
Assertiveness, Ruth Shaw, Assitant Principal, The Priory School
To find out more about WLiE West Midlands please click here