I founded Equitable Education just over two years ago and have never looked back. Being in charge of your own career and destiny is extremely empowering. It has enabled me to utilise the skills I have gained in various roles. These have consisted of teacher, lecturer, ITE tutor, examiner, senior leader, adviser and head of service roles in three LAs. I’m also a trained Ofsted inspector. The common denominator in all these roles has been my desire to work with teachers and senior leaders to improve educational outcomes for pupils from different backgrounds who, with additional support, can and do achieve highly. I’m immensely privileged to have the opportunity to work closely with so many schools to achieve this goal.
Although I’ve been ambitious in my career I have never sat down and consciously planned my next role. Fortunately, great opportunities have come my way and I’ve taken advantage of these. My strength lies in championing the cause of pupils who don’t always get the best from education and developing a strategy to address this. I’d love to have the opportunity to use my expertise to make a difference to even more pupils…..
How have you been PREPARED, EMPOWERED and NURTURED in your career?
First and foremost, I think the support of one’s family is critical. My mum is one to whom I owe so much to. She encouraged me to gain a quality education and looked after my children, so I could pursue with my professional career without a worry. She has always been there for me. Along the way I’ve learned a lot from some special colleagues. More often than not, they have been ones that have given me autonomy alongside support and encouragement when required, to flourish.
What BARRIERS & OBSTACLES have you had to OVERCOME to progress?From my personal experience, I feel there are structural barriers that prevent many women and minority ethnic colleagues progressing in education. The indisputable fact remains that there are very few teachers, let alone senior leaders from minority ethnic backgrounds of both genders, at time when the pupil population is becoming increasingly diverse. I have blogged about this previously
That’s why I’m so excited by the potential of #WomenEd. Organic change happens when like-minded, passionate people get together and affect change.
What ADVICE would you like to share with fellow women leaders in education?
Someone has to be the first and lead the way. It might as well be you, so GO FOR IT. Be authentic and true to yourself. Embrace diversity in leadership.
Who would you want to be INSPIRED by as a keynote speaker
@HeidiMirza, @NicolaRollock, @KalwantBhopal, @GKBhambra
Rosemary Campbell Stevens, Dorothy Smith and our own Vivienne Porritt @LCCL_Director
Anything else you would like to add…
“Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ― Rumi