Borough bucks the national trend for representation in headteacher roles
New research shows Merton is one of just seven councils in England which bucks the national trend of women being strongly under-represented in headteacher roles.
A study by Dr Kay Fuller from the University of Nottingham shows Merton is one of only seven English local authority areas which has a proportion of female secondary school headteachers which matched that of women teachers nationally.
The report assessed the number of female headteachers in post in state secondary schools in England, including free schools and academies, in the academic year 2015/16.
Five of the eight secondary schools in Merton have female headteachers – these include Ursuline and Ricards Lodge High Schools in Wimbledon as well as Raynes Park High School.
Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Caroline Cooper-Marbiah, said: “We value and celebrate diversity in our schools so it is encouraging to see that women are well represented in secondary school headteacher roles across the borough. Our female headteachers are important role models for girls and boys, inspiring their pupils to fulfil their potential during their education and in life.”
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April 14, 2017