Developing Diverse Leaders in Yorkshire and Humber  2013-14

The Yorkshire & Humber Diversity Steering Group has successfully received funding for four succession planning programmes to support diversity of school leaders.

The Diversity Steering Group is a regional collaborative partnership of local authority representatives, headteachers, senior leaders, Teaching School and Carngie Leaders. One of the goals of the group is to increase aspiration and empower the workforce from ethnic minority backgrounds to take up leadership roles across the region to address the under representation of ethnic minority school leaders who continue to face barriers and challenges.

 

 Programmes for 2013-14

1. Aspiring to Lead – residential dates to be confirmed

2. Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow – residential date: 12-13 March 2014 @ National College, Nottingham

3. How to maximise impact – developing cultural literacy to improve outcomes – 13th June, Rotherham

4. Bootcamp – from application to interview – 28th – 29th  March 2014 London

 

Further information 

Flier v3 for Developing Diverse leaders 2013-14

Programme fees

Our programmes are funded by the National College and are overseen by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Diversity Steering Group.

Who can apply?

This is a positive action programme targeted at colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds.

How to apply

Application Aspiring to Lead 2013-14 Extended

Application DLFT 2013-14 Extended

Closing dates: Extended 

Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow: 14th February 2014

Aspiring to Lead:  14th February 2014

All completed application forms to be returned to baljitbirring@indigodiversity.co.uk

 

Updated 23 January 2014

Celebrating Diversity

Guest Speaker: Dina Martin, OBE

Headteacher, Firs Hill Primary School, Sheffield

 Presentation of Certificates for Diverse Leaders Cohort 2012-13

There will be an opportunity to listen to success stories, find out more career development opportunities and network with other Diverse Leaders.

 Friday 8th November 2013

Time:  6.00pm for 7.00pm until 10pm

(Fork Buffet will be available)

Venue:   Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG

RSVP:baljitbirring@indigodiversity.co.uk

2013-11-08 Celebrating Diversity YSP

Developing Diverse Leaders in Yorkshire and Humber  2013-14

The Yorkshire & Humber Diversity Steering Group has successfully received funding for four succession planning programmes to support diversity of school leaders.

The Diversity Steering Group is a regional collaborative partnership of local authority representatives, headteachers, senior leaders, Teaching School and Carngie Leaders. One of the goals of the group is to increase aspiration and empower the workforce from ethnic minority backgrounds to take up leadership roles across the region to address the under representation of ethnic minority school leaders who continue to face barriers and challenges.

 

 Programmes for 2013-14

1. Aspiring to Lead – residential dates to be confirmed

2. Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow – residential date: 12-13 March 2014 @ National College, Nottingham

3. How to maximise impact – developing cultural literacy to improve outcomes – 13th June, Rotherham

4. Bootcamp – from application to interview – 28th – 29th  March 2014 London

 

Further information 

Flier v3 for Developing Diverse leaders 2013-14

Programme fees

Our programmes are funded by the National College and are overseen by the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Diversity Steering Group.

Who can apply?

This is a positive action programme targeted at colleagues from ethnic minority backgrounds.

How to apply

Application Aspiring to Lead 2013-14 Extended

Application DLFT 2013-14 Extended

Closing dates: Extended 

Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow: 14th February 2014

Aspiring to Lead:  14th February 2014

All completed application forms to be returned to baljitbirring@indigodiversity.co.uk

The Problem

National research tells us that teachers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds lack confidence and self-esteem in applying for promotion. They continue to face challenges and barriers in their profession and feel isolated. This also is experienced by support staff in schools, particularly in seeking promoted posts.

This compounds the problem that representation is very low among senior leaders. Only 1% of headteachers in Yorkshire & Humber are from black and minority backgrounds, nationally the figure is less than 3%. This figure has remained stubbornly static over the last ten years.

Our Solution

Building a membership organisation to help educational professionals working in schools principally from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, which is also open to others irrespective of their race, colour or nationality who share our mission and vision. We recognise the important contributions that governors and support staff make to the school workforce and  succession planning. We want to see all those working in education and with schools, for example as support staff, governors and teachers to join DEN so that together we can shift the leadership landscape.

 The DEN will help you to

1. Value your identity, improve your confidence and self esteem
2. Share experiences to improve outcomes for you as an educator and the life chances of children and young people
3. Recognise your self potential, recognising contribution you can make
4. Access opportunities, resources and expert knowledge, experience and understanding
5. Get 24/7 support, advise and guidance
6. Re-discover the joys of being a teacher

Diverse Educators Network – Launch Event

21 June 2013.  Join us from 6:30pm, book your place now:

http://diverseeducatorsnetwork.org.uk/launch-event

Proposition for: The Diverse Educators Network

 

National research tells us that teachers from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds lack confidence and self-esteem in applying for promotion. They often feel isolated and need support as motivation can be sapped when they face challenging issues at work related to harassment and discrimination but also when they are establishing themselves as senior leaders.

This compounds the problem that school leadership remains under represented.  Only 1% of headteachers in Yorkshire & Humber are from black and minority backgrounds, nationally the figure is less than 3%. This figure has remained stubbornly static over the last ten years.

The Diverse Educators Network (DEN) is working on:

Building a membership organisation to help teachers principally from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, which is also open to others irrespective of their race, colour or nationality who share our mission and vision.

 

The Diverse Educators Network will help you to:

  1. Value your identity, improve your confidence and self esteem
  2. Share experiences to improve outcomes for you as an educator and the life chances of children and young people
  3. Recognise your self potential and the contributions you can make
  4. Access opportunities, resources, expert knowledge and experience
  5. Get 24/7 support, advise and guidance
  6. Re-discover the joys of being a teacher

 

Question: How would you feel if the Diverse Educators Network was not launched?

Answer:

1. Very disappointed

2. Somewhat disappointed
3. Not disappointed

4. I have no use for this

If your answer is 2 or 3, we would appreciate your feedback as to what is missing in our proposition that will make your score to ‘very disappointed’.

Send your answer to baljitbirring@indigodiversity.co.uk

 

Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow 2012-13 – Closing date extended to November 10 2012

Are you looking to move into senior leadership? Are from an ethnic minority background? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people and leadership in schools?  Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow is a National College funded CPD leadership development programme – i.e. no cost to the school. It can support your aspirations to move into senior leadership.

Programme structure: A series of seven modules through the academic year, which involves a mixture of residential and one day sessions, which are supported by a mentor.

Programme fees: The Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow programme is funded by the National College and is overseen by theYorkshire and Humber Regional Diversity Steering Group. The programme will reimburse supply cover for one day.

Who can apply? This is a positive action programme targeted at colleagues are from an ethnic minority backgrounds.

How to apply Further details of the programme and the application form can be downloaded from  below

Flier for DLFT 2012-13;

Application form for DLFT 2012-13;

Info Pack for DLFT 2012-13

Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow (Yorkshire & Humber) 2012-13

Are you an ethnic minority school leader? Are you looking to move into senior leadership? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people and school leadership? Then this could be the programme to support your aspirations.

Programme structure

A series of seven modules through the academic year, which involves a mixture of residential and one day sessions, which are supported by a mentor.

Programme fees
The Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow programme is by funded the National College, schools will need to fund any supply cover that is required.

Who can apply?

This is a positive action programme for teachers from an ethnic minority background who are:

• Teachers or LA officers currently in leadership or management positions
• Leaders who are looking to into senior leadership in the next few years and
• Work within the Yorkshire and Humber region.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the programme you must complete and submit our application form.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 25th October 2012.

Selection process
Applicants will be informed by 12th November 2012, there will be a briefing for all successful participants on 27th November 2012.

Download the information pack, the flier and the application form:
Info Pack for DLFT 2012-13
Flier for DLFT 2012-13
Application form for DLFT 2012-13

This is our first series of interviews with diverse leaders in schools who have completed the Yorkshire & Humber Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow Programme.

In this interview, Dr Andy Williams, Mohammed Lone’s (DLFT participant) Executive Headteacher tells us how the programme has made a difference to the school and what the school has done to provide opportunities for continued professional development.

He says ‘We’ve had a number of colleagues involved with the Diverse Leaders for tomorrow programme. Its been a fantastic programme for them, as I think that like a lot of those middle leadership moving into senior leadership courses, it gives people a chance to network, an opportunity to discuss with like minded professionals leadership issues …”

There have been benefits for the school too. He says ‘They’ve come back from their training enthused about schools and leadership, full of ideas and creative energy. If we can capture that, by ensuring there are some opportunities or positions within the school or projects for them to work on which gives them a chance to explore that creativity and potential, to see how things should be implemented and developed on a whole school basis, that can not only be good for the school but also for the individual concerned. And as a result of the projects they have been involved in, things have moved forward in the school much more quickly than it would of have done with the standard size senior leadership team’.

Watch the video below.

Indigo Diversity were commissioned by the Yorkshire & Humber Diversity Steering Group to undertake an impact evaluation of the regional Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow and the Investing in Diversity(Leeds)programmes. The central aims of the programmes are to identify potential black and minority ethnic senior leaders and increase the number in leadership positions. The evaluation was carried out between January-February 2012.

The Regional Diversity Steering Group was formed in 2008 with the support of Mark Pattison, National College Succession Planning Consultant to tackle the issue of under-representation of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) leaders in schools in relation to succession planning in the Yorkshire & Humber area.

In 2008 several Local Authorities (LAs) in the Yorkshire and Humber region were separately grappling with issues of succession planning and in particular the diversity of leaders in the school workforce. LA data showed the significant extent to which BME leaders were under-represented and it was therefore recognised that an organised and co-ordinated approach was required. Collaboration at regional level enabled the expertise of the few working in separate LAs to be pooled in order to challenge the current position, to bring it into the mainstream, to prioritise the issues and to enhance support networks.

The executive summary can be downloaded from our Resources page.

If you would like a copy of the full report please contact us.

This is our first series of interviews with diverse leaders in schools who have completed the Yorkshire & Humber Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow Programme.

In this interview, Patsy Claxton talks about her experience of participating in Investing in Diversity in Leeds. After the programme Patsy was successful in securing a promoted post, as an acting Deputy headteacher, a year later she got a headship in the school she went to as a child.

She said ‘The thing that got me there in the first place was the leaflet that said ‘come meet other BME teachers’. I didn’t even know that they existed apart from those in our school, there are loads in Leeds and it was great to meet them and I kept in contact with them. I think it’s really important the programme continues because there are lots of younger BME teachers coming through and really do need to have the experience that I had. One of the things I had that some people didn’t get was the support and mentoring during the course. Three years later I still see my mentor and have the support.’

Watch her video and find out about her experience.

This is our first series of interviews with diverse leaders in schools who have completed the Yorkshire & Humber Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow Programme. In this interview, Safina Hussain who is an assistant headteacher in Batley West Yorkshire talks about the impact of the programme on her.

Safina was an Assistant Headteacher when she started the programme. She said that ‘the course benefitted me greatly especially in terms of my belief. I developed the confidence to believe that I can manage and a lead school and become a headteacher one day. That’s been the biggest impact the course has had on me personally.’

‘I can now say that I’m an outstanding leader.’ Safina Hussain, February 2012

Ayub Bismillah, her headteacher said:

The Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow course was instrumental in helping Safina to develop a positive and confident attitude towards developing key leadership skills and contributed to her own professional development. The training enabled her to carry out her role in school more effectively. She has since progressed on to and successfully completed her NPQH training.

Watch the video to find out how the programme made a difference to her.

Indigo Diversity will be at the National College’s Seizing Success Conference in Birmingham from 13-15 June 2012. Come and see us in the exhibition hall. More details soon.

Indigo Diversity has just completed an evaluation of the regional Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow (DLFT) and Investing in Leeds Programmes for the Yorkshire and Humber Diversity Steering Group. The evaluation was carried out between January-February 2012. The report includes findings from an online survey, focus groups and interviews from past participants and some of their headteachers.

 

In total 65 participants were contacted during the course of the research from Leeds ‘Investing in Diversity’ programmes 2009 and 2010 and from the regional Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow programmes for 2010 and 2011. The regional initiative has successfully identified the talent pool and the past participants have moved onto leadership roles in schools. 89 BME aspiring leaders have been through the programme across 7 local authorities over the last three years. 45% of participants changed roles or positions after completing the programme and 70% of participants applied for 1-6+ positions post programme.

 

A small step in the right direction, success needs to sustained and developed so that BME teachers and leaders continue to be supported and developed so that they can leave a lasting legacy. Schools in the Yorkshire & Humber region have a talent pool of 1505 BME teachers and 88 BME deputy and assistants to tap in to diversify their workforce; and that’s just teachers, there is also a very good supply amongst support staff. This is another story of untapped talent.

 

Shift will happen when school leaders everywhere take responsibility for a vision that includes a diverse workforce and strategies that will help to bring about that much needed change. A diverse workforce will benefit the children and young people, their families and make the most of the available talent in the system. Diversity is a strategic lever that will help to bring about innovation, growth and success.  We need to step up to the challenge and take leadership to a new level, where we put our difference to work.  Putting our differences to work means creating an environment where people, who are naturally unique and different – diverse by nature and experience – can work more effectively in ways that will drive new levels of creativity.

 

An executive summary will be published shortly. For a copy of the full report please contact us.

Watch Dorothy Smith, the Chair of the Yorkshire & Humber Diversity Steering Group’s welcome to the first annual Celebration and Networking Event, 28th March 2011 in Bradford. Guest Speakers included Steve Munby, Chief Executive at the National College and Rosemary Campbell-Stephens from the National College.

 

 

 

 

We’ve been busy editing and uploading photographs and videos from our recent events. Here’s a video from the the Diverse Leaders for Tomorrow Celebration and Networking Event September 2011. This event took place in the countryside location at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The video includes photographs from the evening and some interviews with the participants.

Are you in the picture? Take a look.