Nicky Morgan on “unconscious bias” affecting headteacher recruitment
March 17, 2016
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan recently spoke about “unconscious bias” affecting governors’ decisions when recruiting headteachers. She labelled the lack of female heads as a ‘crippling waste of talent’, citing the fact that although three-quarters of teachers are women, only 37% are headteachers. Speaking ahead of International Women’s Day, the Education Secretary outlined the government’s plan to ‘revolutionise’ part-time working by setting up a dating-style website for teachers looking for job-share partners. New programmes to tackle this problem will also be set up, one creating “mentors” to help mothers back into schools, and the other launching 1,000 career “coaches” to make teaching a more attractive long-term career for women. Morgan also called for high-flying teachers to sign a pledge offering their time to coach at least one woman to develop their career.