Linton Village College is the Lead Hub Delivery School for the East and North East London region. LVC is the lead school for the Cambridge and Suffolk Schools Alliance (CASSA) Teaching School Alliance. Working to ensure equality and promote diversity have always been central to both LVC’s and CASSA’s ethos and values. This includes embedding equalities in all work complemented by targeted programmes, such as ‘Inspiring Women in Educational Leadership’ and ‘Making the Leap’.

For schools

We are recruiting for schools to become sub-regional delivery hubs for programmes to be completed during the 2019/20 academic year. Projects can focus on supporting teachers with any or a range of protected characteristics into leadership positions. The deadline for applications is noon on 4th July. Please contact us for more details and an application form.

For teachers

If you would like to participate in a current Equality & Diversity in Education programme in East of England and North East London, please contact the programme leaders as detailed below.


Today was the first of my diversity week assemblies. Yesterday at 3:30 we got an email to say all the planned events for diversity week were cancelled!!!!! I am so grateful for Courageous Leaders, as I swung into action and 15 minutes later had called a meeting with the head. All our events are back on, and we’ve been able to throw in a few more. Today’s assembly was beyond great. I can’t explain how nervous I was last night, and how difficult it was to have that battle - but I know for certain I would have never braved it before, so thank you. I hope you realise how special Courageous Leaders is (and therefore how great you are). There’s no way these events would have happened without your support and the support of the group - so thank you!

Current projects

Equality and Diversity Women in Leadership Programme

Led by Colchester County High School for Girls

The Women in Leadership programme aims to support women leaders in progressing to middle and senior leadership, ultimately to headship. It combines education know-how and expertise in leadership, coaching, wellbeing and soft skills development.

The three days and four twilight sessions offer the opportunity for personal development, peer support and to address areas research suggests are common barriers to progression. Building self-confidence and the ability to get the most from others, strategies to balance work and non-work demands and improving leadership skills are combined with personalised one to one coaching. Previous programmes have demonstrated significant impact and been overwhelmingly positive.

Contact Willa Jackson at

Deputy Headteacher, Colechester County High School for Girls

Step into Leadership

Led by Debenham High School and Farlingaye High School, Suffolk

This fully funded course is designed to support women looking to make the next step in leadership in schools, suitable for current middle leaders, assistant headteachers or deputy headteachers. Through three face to face sessions and bespoke professional coaching this programme aims to strengthen participants’ leadership skills and support participants in taking the next step into a broader leadership role. Face to face sessions will include inspirational key note speakers. Practical workshops will be delivered by experienced and current female leaders and will be focused on developing leadership skills and giving participants the tools and confidence to take the next step.

Contact Julia Upton at

Headteacher, Debenham High School

Women Leading in Education Programme

Led by Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

We are delighted to be able to offer a bespoke programme specifically designed to identify and nurture leadership talent in women leaders in education. This programme consists of 5 full days of face to face workshops where the participants will explore the following themes: Vision and Values, Authentic leadership, Wellbeing, Resilience and Career planning .

This leadership opportunity will prepare and support our participants in making the leap to their next leadership role. The programme has a knock-on effect as it provides students with tangible role models who they can aspire to and expand the number of potential staff that can be recruited into leadership.

We have some fantastic leadership experts designing and delivering the leadership programme:

• Viv Grant - Integrity Coaching

• Diana Osagie - Courageous Leadership

• Karen Giles - You can’t be what you can’t see

• Dr Jill Berry – Making the Leap

Contact Inma Pena at

Director of Teaching School, Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Inspiring Women Programme

Led by Kaizen Primary School

The Inspiring Women programme is a 6 month programme for women teachers/leaders and we particularly welcome women who are pregnant and/or on maternity leave.

Inspiring Women will support participants to:

• boost their confidence

• engage with successful women and how they lead

• shadow a successful women leader

• develop leadership skills and behaviours

• explore sustainable leadership careers

• develop application and interview skills

• engage with the London #WomenEd community

• be part of the #Women global network of women leaders in education.

During a combination of whole day and twilight sessions participants will be supported to reflect on their own ambitions, whilst building connections and networks to other aspiring and inspiring women leaders and living the #WomenEd motto, 10% Braver!

Contact Kate Fallan at

Director of Teaching School, East London Early Years and Schools Partnership

Women in Leadership

Led by Thorpe St Andrew

Following great success of this programme over the last two years in Suffolk and Essex, NTLEC are pleased to be chosen to help in the increase of leadership opportunities for Women in Norfolk (Primary & Secondary).

This is a fully funded course consisting of 6 sessions commencing on Monday 2 December 2019, successful applicants will be able to access 1-to-1 coaching sessions and develop an effective support network. All women who wish to become more confident leaders are invited to apply to take part in the tailored programme which will provide significant personal development and school benefits. “98% of previous participants said the programme met the objectives of closing their developmental gaps and helped them achieve their next leadership position” NTLEC Report.

This is a fantastic personalised course that will benefit women at any level of current school responsibility, boosting self belief and confidence whilst developing their leadership skills.

Contact Lisa Bale at

Teaching School Administrator, Norfolk Teaching & Leadership Excellence Centre

Ethnic Leadership

Led by Westcliff High School for Girls

Offered since 2014, with the E&D aim to increase the diversity of the school leadership workforce.

Aiming to increase representation of ethnic minorities in leadership roles in schools. Ensuring pupils from ethnic minorities have the necessary role models to inspire them to become leaders themselves.

The fully funded programme includes course titles such as: Leading Change, Courageous Leadership, School Improvement.

Recommended for teachers looking to take the next steps into a leadership role within their school.

Contact David Struthers at

Director of Teaching School, South Essex Teaching School Alliance

LGBT+ Leadership programme: Courageous Leaders

Led by Wickford Teaching School Alliance

Courageous Leaders exists to support LGBT+ teachers in seeking and applying for promotional opportunities through a programme of mentoring and face-to-face training days. We aim to provide our participants with a cohesive network of mutual advice and guidance from teachers and leaders who have similar professional and personal experiences, not only in the seeking of promotion but in becoming a role model in your institution.

Our programme comprises three one-day workshops where you will get to know yourself, reflect on your practice and develop a self-improvement plan. You will have access to a mentor who can provide one-to-one support for any applications you make while on the programme.

Courageous Leaders will give you the confidence, motivation and skills to become the teacher and leader you want to be.

Contact Jane Robinson at

Director, Wickford Teaching School Alliance