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Leadership Equality and Diversity

The Leadership Equality and Diversity Programme Fund 2018-2020 is funded by the DfE. In March 2018 the DfE approved 8 schools to regionally co-ordinate the Equality and Diversity Programme funding. Further information is available here

Prince Henry’s Grammar School, on behalf of the Yorkshire Leadership Community, has been approved by the DfE to coordinate the funding for the Lancashire and West Yorkshire region.

Applications are now invited from schools, teaching school alliances and/or multi-academy trusts in the region who are interested in addressing diversity in school leadership. Our project covers the following protected characteristics:

  • Pregnancy and maternity

  • Race

  • Religion or belief

  • Sex


  • Despite being a region with a large pool of BME teachers (approximately 7.3%), BME individuals make up only 3% of middle leaders, 2% of senior leaders and 1% of headteachers

  • Applications from BME teachers/leaders for leadership posts and leadership development opportunities are significantly lower than from other groups

  • Although women make up approximately 77% of teachers only approximately 67% of the headteachers are women. It is significantly lower in secondary (approximately 36%)

  • Feedback from Women Leading in Education Networks and a range of other evidence suggests that the career prospects of women are negatively affected by pregnancy and maternity leave. On average more than 25% of working age teachers who leave the profession are women aged 30 to 39 – this is highly likely to be maternity related. Many more who do stay in the profession put their careers on hold during pregnancy and maternity leave and then never regain confidence and motivation to progress.

  • Pupil projections and migration trends show there is a growing trend in the number of children from BME ethnic backgrounds in the towns/cities in our region. 4% of primary and 27.9% of secondary schools’ pupils are from BME backgrounds.  Yet the work undertaken by the Diversity Steering Group (DSG) shows the level or under-representation of BME leaders has not significantly changed during the last decade or two. 

Young people in the Lancashire and West Yorkshire region should grow and develop in schools where there are successful leaders from all types of backgrounds. If our students, at this crucial time in their development, see variety in the race, gender and socio-economic backgrounds of the people influencing decision-making then there may be some chance of breaking down the ‘unconscious bias’ that still exists in our communities.

In addition, it is estimated the teaching profession in Lancashire and West Yorkshire faces a shortage of senior leaders by 2022. Unlocking the potential of emerging and existing women/BME leadership talent will help to address the teacher and leadership shortages and meet the increasing pupil numbers.


Download the Leadership Equality And Diversity Funding application form