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by Kyra Kellawan  @kyra_kellawan

In late April this year, a friend and colleague-at-large of mine posted out to some of her contacts on LinkedIn about an education festival at her school in Switzerland and explained that she was looking for more female participants from other schools. There was a special code she gave out, and that was enough to pique my interest.

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by Lucy Flower @MrsLFlower  #PledgeForChange20

The awkward, quick smiles. The questioning glances. The open, naked curiosity. The conversations that stop when you enter a room. Recently, I was demoted from my leadership role.

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by Caroline Doolan  @caroline_doolan

I’ve been in my current school for almost 4 years and I’ve absolutely loved it. It made me grow as a leader. And as a person. In my previous school I was Head of English in a Secondary school in Luton and let’s just say it was time for me to move on. When I saw an advert for Head of English in a school in London back in 2016 I jumped at the chance and decided to put into practice what I had learned and be an even better leader. 

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by @DorsetSBM   #Pledgeforchange20

In September 2018 I ventured back into full time work for the first time in 15 years by taking on the Financial Business Manager (FBM) role in a school where I had been doing maternity cover in finance. The timing was right, for a change, as my youngest son was about to start middle school and would be getting a bus at 8am and not be home until 4pm; the years of doing the school run were over so now to replace it with more time spent at work!

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by Clare Erasmus @cerasmusteach #PledgeForChange20

My son has been on the mental health disability register since he was 9 years old ; we only managed to get C.A.M.H.S intervention when he reached secondary school. He is now in his teens and despite a situation which is becoming more challenging we can only secure a monthly appointment with a C.A.M.H.S therapist. It feels like a drop in the ocean in terms of the clinical support my son really needs.

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Taken from @SchoolsWeek  https://schoolsweek.co.uk/books-for-teachers-and-school-leaders-2019/

We are thrilled to have been included in the top ten books for teachers and leaders for 2019, as reviewed by Schools Week ???

'For women in education.

10% Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education by Vivienne Porritt and Keziah Featherstone (and #WomenEd)  Publisher: Sage Publishing

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by Astrid Emma @myvisioninwords Photo: Dyaa Eldin on Unsplash

Before I start, this is not “a feel sorry for me” plea, but more of a reflection on how I have come to believe that “everything happens for a reason” and how being #10% braver allowed me to challenge the status quo.

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By Kaley Riley @MrsRileyEng

It’s the Monday in the week before #WomenEd, and already I am beginning to question whether I should really be giving up a precious Saturday with my daughter and husband (who works every other weekend). The guilt is already setting in. I’m feeling run down; I could really do with the whole weekend not doing much; it’s my Nana’s birthday and I really shouldn’t be going out and not seeing her (even though she 100% already has plans); I won’t get back until just before bedtime…

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By Anonymous

Values are things that we generally take for granted.  We have our own moral compass and assume that others have the same.  Until something happens that makes us question either our own values or someone else’s.

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By Lucy

Did you know that 62% of secondary teachers are women — but only 39% of secondary headteachers are female? Or that only 7% of women in education attempt to negotiate their initial salary offer, compared to over half of their male counterparts? Before reading ‘10%Braver’, I certainly didn’t. It is no wonder that the #WomenEd movement has been growing at such a rapid pace: this book is the much-needed next step to implement change and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every educator, everywhere.

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It was a normal day at the office. A busy day. I came across Ambition School Leadership (@Ambition_Inst) and a Headship course. I first thought – me? Headship? No. Not a chance… but I was 10%braver, without even knowing it.

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