Courageous leaders wanted

The Courageous Leaders in Education project gives LGBTQI teachers free coaching and mentoring to help achieve promotion in schools.




The Department of Education is supporting the promotion of LGBTQI+ teachers into leadership positions. Courageous Leaders in Education is a two year project giving LGBTQI teachers free coaching and mentoring to help achieve promotion in schools. At the end of year one, 80% of those involved have already been promoted.


Led by Wickford Teaching Schools Alliance in Essex, potential LGBTQI leaders from across the entire UK meet regularly together. We hear inspirational speeches by LGBTQI+ leaders and the stories behind their struggles to overcome prejudice. Aspirant leaders then work with a mentor, a Headteacher or other senior leaders in Education from schools and universities.


Face-to-face days are full and look at leadership qualities, interview techniques and confidence building. Sessions focus on integrity and how gender and sexuality influenced our behaviour in the work place.


There is little evidence based information on how LGBTQI+ teachers feel about their promotion prospects. We are therefore also working with Anglia Ruskin University to undertake research in this area.  A 5 minute anonymous survey can be found online through this link:


We are looking for LGBTQI+ teachers who would like to participate in next year's fully funded course. If you would like to find out more, please email Jane Robinson: or Dr Catherine Lee at Anglia Ruskin University for further details.


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