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Sensible self-review - why all the fuss? #SeatAtTheTable
Tracey O'Brien
General Blogs
by Tracey O'Brien  @tob22 In an attempt to fill in less paperwork and do something with much more purpose, more interesting, and more insightful instead, I've thought about all the monitoring and review activities that we carry out in schools.  It's all too much. Too much top-down accountability, monitoring instead of trust, review for th...
What would you do with your seat at the table? #SeatAtTheTable
Dr Kate Bridge
Diversity
by Dr Kate Bridge     @KateBridge19 As a female Head of Physics, I am often on my own at the table when mixing with other Physics departments in education.  Society would draw Dr Bridge as a white-haired male in the latter stages of life who is crazy for mathematical differentials. That is definitely not the box I fit in. I am a chal...
I am woman, hear me roar!
Lisa Hannay
General Blogs
by Lisa Hannay  @lhannay1 Vivienne Porritt and I collaborated on the piece below for a possible submission into a book designed to amplify tiny voices. Now, it didn't get selected but we use the #WomenEd platform to grow a network of empowered women, create impact on the status quo and carve a large dent in the patriarchy! Connect with @WomenE...
Are you a Shark or a Dolphin?
Sian Williams
Leadership
by Sian Williams   @principalsian Are you a female leader in England contemplating the Department of Education's white paper, where by 2030, 'remaining maintained schools would change status, to become academies'? Are you leading a standalone school wondering whether a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is really the way forward? Do you have a sense th...
I wanted both: to be a mother and to have my dream job
Abby Bayford
Flexibility
by Abby Bayford @Abby­_BayfordIn March 2022, my life changed in the most wonderful way. After years of infertility, I had a successful round of IVF and found out I was pregnant. I had yearned for this for many years and my mind became preoccupied with thoughts about the wonderful surprises ahead. The surprise I hadn't considered, however, was the f...
Why Create a #WomenEd Network?
Jess Gosling
General Blogs
by Jess Gosling @JessGosling2 To write this blog, I scrolled through the MANY messages between myself and my #WomenEdTW team (Taiwan), which officially began on 12th August 2021. These messages brought back wonderful memories; particularly of organising events I could never have envisioned being part of. Before setting up this group, I had contacte...
Harnessing the Potential of the Profession #BreaktheBias
Liz Free
Unconscious Gender Bias
by  Liz Free @LizAMFreeDuring International Women's Day 2022 (#IWD22) we were invited to imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. The focus was around women's achievements, rai...
Becoming Braver from the Inside Out
Jaya Hiranandani
10% Braver
by  Jaya Hiranandani   @mshiranandaniLast week, I opened my Twitter after a few weeks (two weeks of Spring Break followed by a week of online learning at work can do that to you) and found that I was tagged in an important post by #WomenEd about their 7th birthday celebration with some amazing people. So like any normal human, I retweeted...
The Mother of All Pay Gaps
Emma Sheppard
Gender Pay Gap
by Emma Sheppard @maternityCPD Trigger warning: this blog focuses entirely on pregnancy and motherhood, which some readers may wish to avoid. It was a day of vindication for The MTPT Project when, in November 2021, WomenEd, with ASCL, NAHT and the NGA, published their gender pay gap report. The report provided clear evidence that at all levels, the...
Conforming to Racist Structures and Systems: Learning and Working Through the Education System
Iram Khan
Diversity
by Iram Khan   @teachermrskhan I have the honour of being part of my school district's Racial Equity Advisory Committee. Part of the side effects of this work has involved us supporting our colleagues in their journeys to heal from the traumas of colonialism and racism. This has become essential work. To become better leaders we need to h...

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