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).


In September 2016 the North East Schools Teaching Alliance, based in Middlesbrough, made a successful bid to lead the North East Regional Network for the Women Leading in Education project. The project is one of a number of Government supported leadership programmes and will run over 3 years. The network is one of 9 across the country.

A key part of the Government’s plan for education is to ensure that there is strong leadership in all schools resulting in the best outcomes for students. This includes removing barriers that stop individuals – such as women – reaching the leadership roles to which they aspire.

2016/17 was Year 1 of the project and the network facilitated 4 very successful events reaching over 120 delegates. These included a Launch event; a Workshop event; a trip to the WomenEd Conference in Sheffield and a Lead Meet / Plenary event.


The aims of this project are 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. We also aim to identify and support more women with their career progression and into leadership roles. There will be a variety of opportunities to work collaboratively across the region and be inspired and empowered by like-minded women who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose.

2017/18 events

1. Year 2 Launch Event: ‘Press for Progress’ run in collaboration with WomenEd

TUESDAY 6th MARCH 2018 at The Quality Hotel, Boldon 4:00-7:00pm.
Guest speaker Vivienne Porritt, Co-founder of WomenEd, named in the ‘TES Person of the Year’ list of the top 10 most influential figures in education in 2017.

2. Sub Regional events – dates to be confirmed – twilight sessions

Colleagues will be invited to lead a sub-regional event in order to build the capacity of the network and reach across the North East region more effectively, ensuring that more women are able to attend events.
This will be on the agenda at the Launch event. Funding will be available to support such these events.

3. Dealing with challenging situations & people – date to be confirmed – ½ day session

A guest facilitator will be invited to show how the everyday challenges of leadership can be met.

4. Workshop Event Saturday 30th June 2018 9:00-1:30 Nunthorpe Academy Sixth Form

A variety of workshops will be organised to cover key issues of interest to women, including the chance to get on board with the Coaching Pledge.
Free crèche facility will be available.

All events are at no cost to delegates.

See flyer below & REGISTER NOW for this event.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the work of the Women Leading in Education North East Regional Network please contact Nicki Smith at Nunthorpe Academy, Guisborough Road, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, TS7 0LA.
Email: nsmith@nunthorpe.co.uk

Slides from our most recent Lead Meet Evening can be found here: Welcome to our ‘Lead Meet’ Event.

Slides from our Women Leading in Education Year 2 launch can be found here: Women Leading in Education Year 2 Launch.