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10% Braver
Inspiring Women to Lead Education

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February 2019 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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62% of teachers in secondary schools are women but only 39% of secondary headteachers are female

Only 7% of women in education will attempt to negotiate their initial salary offer, compared to 57% of their male counterparts

1 in 4 teachers who quit the classroom in recent years were women aged 30–39

What would you do to make a change today if you were 10% braver?

This is the ultimate guide for women in education. Written by leading members of the grassroots #WomenEd movement, it offers guidance on how to attain and succeed in leaderships positions, alongside nuanced analysis and debate of topics including: the gender pay gap, gender stereotyping in schools and beyond, the realities experienced by BME leaders and how flexible working cultures can redress inequities.

Each chapter gives advice on how we can all change things for the better, as individuals, in our schools, and across the system, and how you can be part of the #WomenEd movement to improve equality in education for everyone.


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"This book matters because it is guaranteed to inspire, to educate and to spark a much-needed clamour for women to assume roles of influence throughout our education system."
-Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching

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Hannah Wilson
Chapter 1: #WomenEd: Our story and our values
Sue Cowley
Chapter 2: #10% Braver: Feel the fear and do it anyway
Jules Daulby
Chapter 3: Pink and blue limit us all
Liz Free
Chapter 4: International perspectives
Sameena Choudry
Chapter 5: Concrete ceilings and kinked hosepipes: Understanding the experiences of BME female leaders in schools
Angela Browne
Chapter 6: Doing leadership differently
Claire Nicholls
Chapter 7: Removing the blinkers
Jill Berry
Chapter 8: Get the job you dream of: Applying for leadership positions
Chris Hildrew
Chapter 9: The #HeForShe agenda: What male leaders need to do to actively enable equality in education
Helena Marsh and Caroline Derbyshire
Chapter 10: Flexing our schools
Vivienne Porritt
Chapter 11: What price equality?: The gender pay gap
Keziah Featherstone
Chapter 12: Still we rise: Our agenda for the future

Written for all women in education, 10% Braver brings together a collective call to arms developed within the grassroots organisation, WomenEd. Its main message? Female leaders in education are underrepresented, something that needs to change.

Hannah Stoten
Schools Week
Schools Week

Vivienne Porritt

Vivienne Porritt is a leadership consultant, working with school and academy trust leaders on impact, vision, strategy, professional learning and development, and leadership, especially women’s leadership. Vivienne is the co-editor of Effective Practices in CPD, Lessons for School (2009). She is on the editorial board of School Leadership and Management, is a coach for the Department for Education and writes for tes. Formerly, she was a secondary headteacher, and Director for School Partnerships at UCL Institute of Education as well as a Chair of Governors in London. Vivienne is delighted to be a Founding Fellow and Vice President of the... More About Author

Keziah Featherstone

Keziah Featherstone is a co-founder and strategic leader for #WomenEd and a member of the Headteachers’ Roundtable, a non-political educational think-tank. After fifteen years in senior leadership, she currently she lives with her husband, daughter, three cats and three pugs in the West Midlands where is proud to be headteacher of Q3 Academy Tipton, her second headship. Keziah has written English educational resources for Pearson and Teachit, as well as articles for publications such as Tes, The Guardian and Schools Week, she also co-edited 10% Braver: Inspiring Women to Lead Education.  More About Author

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