One of the LESNW Board’s strategic focus is on increasing the number of women that are equipped for senior leadership and principalship in our region. Whilst women hold a healthy percentage of middle leadership positions in our schools across SA, WA and NT, very few women hold principal positions. A recent snapshot of the status in our schools is that 31 % of principal roles are held by women. Given that 80% of the teacher workforce is women, the percentage that go onto principal and senior positions is very underrepresented.
We know for many women (and men), the classroom is their passion, and that is where they want to continue to serve. However, there are also many other women who have great capacity for school leadership and have not pursued positions for many reasons. With this in mind, we have sent an invitation to women in leadership roles in LESNW learning communities to share stories or experiences that can shed light on why we are so poorly represented in these leadership positions and to then look at ways that we together can find avenues to support women, enabling greater representation in these roles into the future. We are also encouraging leaders to pass this invitation on to other women who aspire to leadership roles in the future.
We are currently sorting out the responses from the invitations and plan to organise times and locations to chat and network which reflect suitable times from the respondents.
We will keep the LESNW community informed regarding outcomes from these meetings. If you are interested in joining in it is not too late! Please email your interest to email@example.com by Monday 21st June.
Heather Vogt (LESNW Board) & Mignon Weckert