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Department for Education Appoints In Diverse Company to Promote Leadership Coaching Pledge on National Scale

Johanna Beresford, CEO at In Diverse Company

The Department for Education (DfE) has appointed In Diverse Company as partner to roll out its Women Leading in Education (WLE) Leadership Coaching Pledge over eight regions across the UK.

The Leadership Coaching Pledge was launched by the DfE in 2016, with the aim of assisting women teachers looking to enter, or progress within, senior leadership.  This re-launch of the programme aims to increase awareness of the scheme, re-address the under representation of women at senior levels in primary and secondary schools, and attract women teachers who are returning to teaching or seeking flexible working opportunities.

Leaders from all backgrounds have been encouraged to pledge to coach at least one aspiring female leader. The structure, content, style of delivery and overall duration of coaching is agreed between coaches and participants to fit with personal schedules and preferences.

In Diverse Company will be promoting the Coaching Pledge on a national scale through marketing and promotion, including events and engagement with regional partners. They are due to commence their activity this month (April 2019).

The Women Leading in Education team at Department of Education, said:

“Our partnership with In Diverse Company has the potential to transform the leadership journey for female teachers, ensuring talented and hard-working staff are able to fulfil their potential and reach senior leadership roles in schools across the country.”

Johanna Beresford, CEO at In Diverse Company, comments;

“We are extremely excited and proud to be working with the Department of Education on this important work.  We are committed to supporting women to realise their enormous potential through the help and encouragement of others.”

 “In Diverse Company has broad and extensive experience of working with clients in the areas of both inclusion and coaching.  We are able to bring our experience from running similar programmes in a range of industries and geographies to this initiative.”

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