• Stepping Into Leadership

    Stepping Into Leadership


    This Greater London Authority funded programme aims to make sure the teaching workforce in London is more ethnically diverse, and to enable school leadership to more representative of London’s population.

    Race and Education Workshops

    The issue of race and equality has always been a pressing one for London schools, and thanks to funding from the Greater London Authority, London South Teaching School Alliance is able to offer four free workshops for school leaders working within Teaching School Networks, MATS or LAs.

    The following organisations will be hosting workshops in Spring Term 2021:

    • Lewisham Local Authority
    • Southwark Local Authority
    • Windmill Cluster of Schools
    • Academies Enterprise Trust

    Get into Teaching

    In partnership with the GLA we are launching a campaign to encourage people from ethnic minority communities to get into teaching. As part of this, we have created a recruitment leaflet which includes the importance of diversity in teaching, why people from ethnic minority backgrounds should get into teaching and sets out the steps on how to apply.

    If you would like hard copies of this leaflet please do get in touch and we would be happy to send some to you to circulate to your networks. If you are a teacher training provider and would like a copy of the leaflet without the teaching school logo, please do get in touch.

    We have also come up with a strapline to encourage minority ethnic applications for teacher training. We are asking that schools, ITT provider and teaching schools help support this campaign by adding this strapline to their recruitment materials and their websites:

    We strongly welcome applications from members of black and minority ethnic communities, as we are keen to ensure the teaching workforce is more representative of London’s diverse population.

    Hear from some of our participants from previous cohorts about the importance of having a more diverse teaching force that better represents the population of London:

    The Leadership programme

    This leadership programme equips minority ethnic teachers with the leadership skills, personal confidence and professional networks to make a successful application for promotion. The programme is led by Diana Osagie (CEO, Courageous Leadership) and offers high quality relevant learning for minority ethnic teachers, opportunities to connect with successful, inspiring minority ethnic leaders and access to a local network of minority ethnic leaders that continues beyond the lifetime of the programme.

    Participants attend a two day residential event, hear from a diverse range of successful minority ethnic leaders from within and beyond education, receive support to analyse structured 360 feedback, receive one-to-one coaching with a minority ethnic coach and have the opportunity to shadow minority ethnic headteachers. Session themes delivered across a series of twilights include: vision and values., authenticity in leadership, exploring personal/work motives, leading, managing and empowering others and selling yourself in applications and at interview.

    To hear about the impact this programme has had on our previous participants, you can find a full impact report including case studies from our 2018-2019 cohort here.

    Reflections from our 2018-2019 participants

    Session details

    Joint Launch Event
    Date: Thursday 24 September 2020
    Time: 4:30-8pm

    Joint Residential Event
    Date: Friday 26 – Saturday 27 March 2021
    Time: 4:00pm Friday – 2pm Saturday

    South London Cohort
    Twilight 1: Thursday 26 November 2020, 4:30-6:30pm
    Twilight 2 (Webinar): Thursday 7 January 2021, 4:30-6:30pm
    Twilight 3: Thursday 21 January 2021, 4:30-6:30pm
    Twilight 4: Wednesday 10 March 2021, 4:30-6:30pm
    Twilight 5: Thursday 6 May 2021, 4:30-6:30pm

    North London Cohort
    Twilight 1: Thursday 3 December 2020, 4:30-6:30pm
    Twilight 2 (Webinar): Thursday 17 December 2020, 4:30-6:30pm
    Twilight 3: Thursday 14 January 2021, 4:30-6:30pm
    Twilight 4: Thursday 25 March 2021, 4:30-6:30pm
    Twilight 5: Thursday 27 May 2021, 4:30-6:30pm

    Celebration Event
    Date: Thursday 8 July 2021
    Time: 4:30-8pm

    Sign up and cost

    This programme is now full but please email info@londonsouthtsa.org.uk if you would like to be in next year’s cohort.