Female Teachers Aim High
The number of female headteachers in England has hit an ‘all-time high’, new research reveals.
The number of women at the top of the teaching profession has grown by 7% over the last five years, according to the latest figures from the National College for School Leadership (NCSL).
The NCSL Women in Headship study found that an increased emphasis on flexible working has played a significant role: 75% of respondents said that this made the position of headteacher more attractive to women. Over half of those surveyed stated that gender discrimination is much less of a barrier to career progression than it once was.
Respondents said that the qualities that make women particularly suited to headship include empathy, multi-tasking and time management.
However, the NCSL said women remain under-represented in school leadership: just 36% of secondary school headteachers are female, even though 57% of teachers in these institutions are women.
Commenting, NCSL National Succession Consultant and former headteacher Maggie Roger said:‘Self-belief can be an issue for candidates, including women, and our advice is that if you believe in yourself, you are more likely to succeed.’
The Women in Headship research was carried out by ICM research between 16th January – 6th February 2008. ICM conducted 1,090 interviews with female teachers (573) and female headteachers (517) in school locations by telephone.
The minimum starting salary for a new qualified teacher currently stands at £20,133, rising to £24,168 in London.