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Leading equitable schools: success stories from female leaders #IWD2023 #EmbraceEquity

The Chartered College of Teaching and WomenEd are collaborating to celebrate International Women’s Day, 2023.

Join us as we bring together women who are leaders in the field of education to hear their stories of inclusion, leadership, and equity.

Join us for an inspiring evening of storytelling, celebration, and revelation.

#EmbraceEquity #IWD2023

Contributors include:

  • Vivienne Porritt OBE FCCT,  Joint Founder WomenEd 
  • Carolyn Roberts FCCT, Headteacher, Thomas Tallis School
  • Andrea Stephens MCCT – Headteacher of Colton Hills School
  • Keziah Featherstone MCCT – Executive Headteacher at Q3 Academy Tipton
  • Professor Dame Alison Peacock DBE DL DLitt, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered College of Teaching

Our Presenters

Vivienne Porritt OBE FRSA FCCT – Vivienne Porritt is a leadership consultant working with school leaders on impact, vision, strategy, professional learning and development, diversity, and women’s leadership. She is Vice President of the Chartered College of Teaching in England, a Non-Exec Director of Captiva Learning Ltd, a Member of Eko Trust and a member of FED Advisory Council. Vivienne is also a lecturer for the Senior Leaders Masters and Apprenticeship for the National College of Education. Formerly, she was a secondary headteacher, Director for School Partnerships at UCL Institute of Education and a Chair of Governors in London. Vivienne is also an author, a coach, and a keynote speaker, as well as being a Co-founder and, joyously, a Global Strategic Leader of WomenEd, a movement that connects, supports, and empowers women leaders in education and campaigns for increased representation in leadership roles . Vivienne is also co-editor, with Keziah Featherstone, of 10%braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education (2019), Sage Education, and WomenEd’s second book Being 10% braver (2021) Corwin.

Carolyn Roberts FCCT, Headteacher, Thomas Tallis School – Carolyn Roberts was born and educated in Teesside and graduated from King’s College London in 1982. She did a PGCE at Birmingham University, MA at Durham and NPQH at Newcastle University. She taught in Birmingham, Leicestershire, London, Sunderland and Durham before becoming a Headteacher in 2001.

Carolyn was Head at St Hild’s CE School in Hartlepool, then Durham Johnston in Durham City. She has been Head of Thomas Tallis School in London since 2013. She was Honorary Secretary of ASCL from 2014-2017 and chaired the Ethical Leadership Commission from 2016-2019.

Carolyn has published articles and essays and blogs on the Thomas Tallis website. She was co- author with Michael F D Young, David Lambert and Martin Roberts of Knowledge and the Future School: Curriculum and Social Justice (Bloomsbury 2014). She wrote Ethical Leadership for a Better Education System: what kind of people are we? (Routledge 2019). She has written for several journals, and had a column on the Sunday Times Parent Power website for three years.

In September 2019 Carolyn also became Co-Director of the PTI, which seeks to provide outstanding subject and leadership training for teachers.

Andrea Stephens MCCT – I have taught for around twenty-five years and have worked across seven different schools. Having gained success at Middle Leadership level as a Head of Department at King Edward VI Camp Hill Girls Grammar School and then Bromsgrove Independent School, I sought my first senior leadership post at the RSA Academy in Tipton. I remained there for nine years as Assistant Headteacher before moving to Stoke Park in Coventry. I have fifteen years of senior leadership experience., three years as Co Acting Principal and  Vice Principal at Ninestiles School and most recently  as  Headteacher at Colton Hills. I am currently studying at a doctorate level and exploring leadership agency in areas of deprivation post pandemic.  

Leadership, for me, is about making a difference and inspiring others to do the same. I am committed to improving social mobility and driving the equality agenda. My education was in a diverse State Comprehensive school, and I owe my current success, drive and passion to the inspiring teachers and leaders I encountered along my path. 

In preparation for becoming a Headteacher, I was accepted onto the Future Leaders programme. Future Leaders connected me to a network of aspiring Headteachers, HMI, Ofsted inspectors and experienced Headteachers who provided superb insight and bespoke leadership training. Having an extensive network of support such as Future leaders, WomenEd,  and reading helps to keep me informed of changes and the wide-ranging aspects of education.

Keziah Featherstone MCCT – Keziah is currently Executive Headteacher at Q3 Academy Tipton, a large secondary school in the West Midlands. Originally an English teacher, she has been a school leader for twenty years and has previously been headteacher of an all-through school in Bristol. She is a member of the non-political educational think tank Headteachers’ Roundtable.

Keziah is a co-founder, trustee and global strategic leader for WomenEd and is co-editor of their books 10%braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education (Sage, 2019) and Being 10%braver (Corwin, 2021). She has previously written for Tes, The Guardian, Schools Week and is currently writing her first solo book, Punk Leadership, due to be published early 2024.

Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, a Professional Body that seeks to raise teacher status through celebrating, supporting and connecting teachers to provide expert teaching and leadership. Prior to joining the Chartered College, Dame Alison was Executive Headteacher of The Wroxham School in Hertfordshire. Her career to date has spanned Primary, Secondary and advisory roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of Queens College Cambridge and UCL, a Visiting Professor of both the University of Hertfordshire and Glyndŵr University and a trustee for Big Change. Her research is published in a series of books about Learning without Limits offering an alternative approach to inclusive school improvement.

Learn more about the Chartered College of Teaching

Early Career Hub – The Early Career Hub is our one-stop shop for trainee teachers, early career teachers, and those involved in supporting, coaching and mentoring those new to the profession. 

Early Childhood Hub – The Early Childhood Hub hosts content by, and for, early childhood education practitioners, with a focus on pedagogy and practice in early childhood education.

Research Hub – The Research Hub hosts summaries of academic and practitioner research as well as reports that Chartered College of Teaching members have contributed to.  You can also find a list of opportunities to participate in external research projects and access a range of tools to support you in your research engagement journey.

Video Hub – The Video Hub hosts short classroom practice videos, filmed in a variety of settings, and recorded interviews with a range of teachers, leaders and educators.  Members will also find, and be able to access, ‘on demand’ recordings of our previous webcasts and events.

Impact is the termly journal of the Chartered College of Teaching.  It connects research findings to classroom practice, with a focus on the interests and voices of teachers and educators.  It supports the teaching community by promoting discussion around evidence within the classroom, and enabling teachers to share and reflect on their own use of research.

Learning Hub – The Learning Hub is your home for professional learning and development. You will find links to bitesize CPD units and details of other available courses.

Chartered Teacher Status is a professional accreditation that recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours of highly accomplished teachers and school leaders, offering a career pathway that is focused on developing and recognising high-quality teaching and leadership practice.  As a professional accreditation, Chartered Status builds on individual practice, priorities and interests and can be undertaken at your own pace, up to three years.

Fellowship (FCCT) was established to recognise the commitment and achievements of teachers and school leaders.  It is a formal mark of their achievements, skills and expertise as a teaching professionalNominate a colleague for Fellowship today.

The Chartered College of Teaching & Teacher Tapp Podcast – A collaboration between Teacher Tapp and the Chartered College of Teaching in which we look at hot off the press data on various topics concerning teaching, learning, and teacher development and ask teachers to comment on the findings by reflecting on their own experiences.

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