Why does the fund exist?
Although the teacher workforce as a whole is gradually becoming more diverse, progress towards greater diversity at leadership levels remains especially slow. Despite their dominance of the school workforce overall, women are less likley to become headteachers than their male counterparts, especially in the secondary phase. BME teachers, too, are under represented at all levels of school leadership.
In northern England, this challenge is particularly acute. For example, whilst almost 45% of secondary heads in the South East are women, that compares with just 34% in the North East.
The Equality and Diversity Fund exists to close these gaps, making the best use of all available leadership talent in the workforce.
How does it work?
Schools (or groups of schools) bid to the fund to support a local project which aims to increase diversity in school leadership.
We are looking to fund around twelve projects in 2018/19 and 17 in 2019/20. (Projects can bid for two years of funding). Projects are expected to involve ten or more participants.
Northern Lights will offer support to successful bidders to help them develop their projects.
What kind of projects will be considered?
Shape your project to meet the needs of your local context. However, we are especially keen to support projects which involve coaching/mentoring and/or which would help build leadership networks.
Your project might be designed to benefit participants in a variety of ways, such as improving confidence, providing support with the leadership recruitment process, encouraging self-reflection, improving strategic thinking and/or understanding the nature of senior leadership.
How do you apply?
The first window for applications is open now and will close on 5 October 2018.
The application process is a short form which asks you about the focus and format of your proposed project.
You will be able to download the application form here soon. In the meantime, click here to send us an email to register your interest and we will send you the application form directly.