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Gender equality event features Leeds Beckett academic


Gender equality will be the focus of a conference taking place in Leeds this week.

Rachel Lofthouse

The event, organised by the regional Women Leading in Education Network, features a range of leading figures including Professor Rachel Lofthouse (pictured) of Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie School of Education and Thelma Walker, MP for Colne Valley and former headteacher.

 

This year’s event, Unlocking Potential, Raising Aspirations – The Power of Coaching supports the International Women’s Day 2018 campaign #PressForChange.

 

Professor Lofthouse’s keynote speech will address the value of coaching for personal development and leadership wellbeing.

 

She said: “There is a clear gender inequality in the teacher profession in terms of both leadership roles and the gender pay gap.

 

“The network has been set up to help address this and also to ensure that educational leadership roles attract the best people at this critical time.”

 

The conference, now in its second year, is part-funded by the Department for Education.

 

“Tackling gender inequality is a Government priority in education,” added Professor Lofthouse, who leads the University’s research and practice centre CollectivED: the Mentoring and Coaching Hub.

 

“At Leeds Beckett, we are committed to supporting this and other initiatives such as Athena SWAN, which strives for equal representation and progression.”

 

The Women Leading in Education Network Yorkshire & Humber is a network for women by women with strategic leadership support from a strong partnership including #WomenEd, Yorkshire & Humber Diversity Steering Group, Yorkshire Leadership Community, regional teaching school alliances and local authorities from across the region.

 

The Unlocking Potential, Raising Aspirations – The Power of Coaching conference takes place between 9am-1pm on Saturday, 17 March at the Hilton Leeds, 2 Neville Street, Leeds, LS1 4BX. To book a place, click here.

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