#50 – with Hannah Wilson on Equality & Leadership in Education
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What’s in this episode?
This week, we’ve got a fascinating chat with Hannah Wilson – a powerhouse in the UK education scene. Hannah has just kicked off her new role as Headteacher Designate of Aureus School, part of the GLF multi academy trust network of over 21 schools in the south of England. Aureus is a brand new school in Oxfordshire which starts in September this year, with a focus on STEAM and collaboration with the community. Hannah also takes on the role of regional director for the Oxfordshire hub and is actively recruiting for the school at the time of publishing this episode. Many of you will also know Hannah as the co-founder of WomenEd, a grass roots network aimed to empower women in the UK education scene which has now launched internationally and most recently in the US. You will also want to check out BAMEEd which launched this week with the aim at increasing diversity. Finally, Hannah’s previous role was as the Professional Learning Consultant Leader at Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance where she was responsible for the CPD needs of thousands of educators.
In this podcast episode, we talk about
- Gender equality in education leadership
- Launching an edtech community space at the Aureus school
- Raising awareness of DFE support and resources
- Where Hannah gets her confidence from
- Suggested reads and additional leadership networks for educators
‘It’s a bit wood for the trees.’
How much contact do you actually have with the schools on what they need?
‘I think the focus on coding and computing is great. I want to make sure it is integrated and meaningful. I think having life briefs with industry is very useful. to bring value to the community.
‘I’m a massive advocate in technology, but on the flip side the most powerful presentations are the one where you speak from the heart’
‘We are not looking at other professions on how to retain and develop staff.’
‘The highest percentage of people leaving the education system, are women between the ages of 30 and 39. We’ve got all these qualified women, teachers, who aren’t in the system. Why can’t we create flexible roles to get them back into the profession?’
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