Women Leading In Education


The Women Leading in Education Network YH is one of 9 DfE regionally funded networks.

There role is to:

  • raise the profile and importance of supporting women with their career within education.
  • identify and support more women with their career progression into leadership.
  • create local, regional and national networking opportunities to share experiences, such as job sharing and flexible working.
  • create the potential for development through coaching, mentoring and group discussions to raise aspirations and challenge myths and self-limiting beliefs.
  • take an active role in supporting our coaching pledge
    work with other providers to maximise opportunities for women.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the event to listen in, capture stories and produce a plenary poem. Take a listen to the audio and join the conversation…


Photo of Professor Rachel Lofthouse’s talk with great quote reminding us to engage heart and mind.


Sasha Schofield

Rowan School is a small, special school in Sheffield for primary aged children who have complex speech, language and communication difficulties.

Visit www.rowanschool.co.uk

Bernie Leonard

Mindful Me Health and Well-Being Ltd is a Yorkshire based company, we specialise in designing and delivering bespoke Mindfulness courses to meet the needs of all our clients.

With a wide range of benefits, our comprehensive Mindfulness for Life Tool Box, puts participants in control by permanently altering the way they handle potential stressful situations in the future – so they can fully enjoy all life has to offer.

For further information visit our website at:

Baljit Birring

Indian-born Baljit has extensive knowledge and first-hand experience of leadership, management, equality and diversity both in schools and in the public sector, and on a local, regional and national level.

As Senior Improvement Manager at Kirklees Children and Young People Service, a 4-star local authority, she was responsible for school leadership and management in the Learning Service. Her successes here included leading and managing the Governor Services; leading project teams on reorganisations; successfully liaising with unions; managing complex complaints from parents and head teachers; coordinating and undertaking investigations; coaching, conflict resolution and mediation; and providing essential recruitment and selection support.

In her role as Vice Chair of the Regional Diversity Steering Group, Baljit was instrumental in developing a bespoke regional leadership programme for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) school leaders. She also facilitates on the Equal Access to Promotion and the Regional Diverse Leaders programmes, and as well as contributing to various publications Baljit has shared her knowledge of best practice at local and national conferences.

Visit www.indigodiversity.co.uk



This event was a great opportunity to ponder on the people who have been coaches and teachers in my life. Often strangers. Those people who do not have an official title who teach indirectly and give words of wisdom without knowing they are having an impact.


Resilience was a word repeated throughout the day and it seems we need key ingredients to build it – a support network, encouragement, one to one coaching and mindfulness.


The lesson I look from being part of this experience is that we need each other. When we communicate even via a tweet a whole world of possibilities opens up and then we can find true independence together.



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Blog post written by Nikky Norton Shafau. Find out more www.becomingstorybook.com

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