Those of you who have followed me on Twitter for a long time, patient souls, may remember I was part of a piece for the politics show a couple of years ago. It was about our attempts in primary to attract young men to teaching positions and how they often fail. It explored with a range of people, including young male teachers, what is causing this and why it's a problem. We need male role models at primary level and they are particularly under represented at key stage one and in the early years. I have still never managed to attract a man and, all jokes from my staff about that comment aside, it is a pity that our children (not just the boys) miss out on a positive male role model.
I am hosting #SLTchat this Sunday (30th) at 8pm. The topic is gender and leadership and @TeacherToolkit wants me to explore females in leadership from a primary perspective. I am really conscious that this is quite a hot topic and can easily become emotive. For example I have taken a maternity leave as a Headteacher and returned full time. It was a very difficult and stressful time and my wellbeing wasn't looked after as I would have ensured a member of staff's would be. But Sunday is about taking a measured approach to the topic. There may be people taking part who are going through some real difficulties that they feel are related to gender, or to being a female leader.
The questions and scenarios are based on female leadership in primary schools. They were very difficult to come up with as I wanted to aim for quality debate. I want the topics to be engaging but I don't want it to end up with people exchanging stereotypical comments. I can't hold my hand up and say I've never engaged in a Twitter argument but I've seen some really unpleasant ones and I feel it's an energy drain. Weekends are for filling your energy pot back up in our profession!
Please get involved on Sunday, follow the #SLTchat hashtag as I try to keep on top of the feed. I have hosted before and it's a pretty intense half hour! Please do tweet me at @MooreLynne1 with any thoughts you have.
At primary level certainly, there are more female teachers than male but males tend to go into leadership roles sooner. There are also loads of fabulous, outstanding female leaders. What are the real issues facing female leaders and what, if anything, could be done to help?