A message from the Presidents - april 2019
We are proud to introduce ourselves as the Joint Presidents of this unique member-led organization, founded to represent the specific interests of state-funded girls’ schools in England.
Our schools are excitingly diverse and are found in all areas of the country: some are inner-city, some rural, some are selective, most comprehensive, some represent a particular faith group, others are fiercely non-denominational. Often our schools have a proud pioneering history in promoting gender equality and have played a key role in transforming opportunities for women over the 20th and 21st centuries. Most importantly, they all have a modern outlook and tireless commitment to supporting their students in taking up their full place in the world as leaders, movers and shakers.
We invite you to join our network and to contribute to strengthening our voice in advocating for girls’ education with a distinct commitment to the transformative power of all-girls’ schools. The leaflet ‘Leading girls’ learning’ outlines the aims and ethos of the association.
We are ambitious to grow our membership and extend our impact and influence. We have a dynamic strategic plan designed to ensure that we are a visible, vibrant and pro-active organization show-casing the excellent work of girls’ schools. This year we have not only been able to freeze our subscription rates but also we can offer schools an extended membership until the end of August 2020 for the price of an annual subscription for any schools signing up by 31st May 2019. Following member feedback, the membership year will run September – September from 2020.
Recent initiatives and current member benefits:
1. Access to and reduced member rates for our high quality Annual Leadership Conference with world class keynote speakers and exciting workshops. Recent conference speakers have included: Baroness Hale, Susie De Rohan Willner CEO of TOAST, Cindy Rose CEO Microsoft UK, Dr. Karen Edge UCL, Dame BarbaraStocking, President of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, RBS Executive Heather Melville OBE. “As always, an inspiring conference that gives us food for thought and reaffirms our commitment to girls- only education.” Our 2019 conference is booked for Central Hall, Westminster on Friday 4th October and we are planning a similar line-up of excellent speakers.
2. Other first -class CPD activities- Recent examples include an innovative free coaching scheme in collaboration with GSA & Bright Field Consulting, free mentoring partnerships for colleagues new to headship in a girls’ school, links with the Women’s NPQH and NPQSL programmes, The National Mathematics and Physics SCITT. We arrange specialist seminars throughout the year e.g. March 27th 2020 the author of ‘Untangled’, Lisa Damour, will be talking to our members about her new book ‘Under Pressure’. We have also launched a Post-16 Collaborative Network where members are sharing successful sixth form initiatives and resources.
3. Student Leadership Conferences- Opportunities for our students to meet inspiring leaders from different fields and work collaboratively on their own leadership development. At our most recent event to mark International Women’s Day students heard from Dame Helena Morrissey CEO and author of ‘A good time to be a girl’ , Dr. Jess Wade, Physicist from Imperial College, Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer and Activist and Dr. Marina Della Giusta, Economist.
4. Strategic partnerships- Development of new bespoke beneficial partnerships with other organisations with relevant interests e.g.Founders4Schools, WomenEd, Future First, Further Maths Network. These provide additional opportunities for our students to be part of STEM learning projects, wider Careers Education programmes, coding competitions.
5, Website Resources area for members with Good Practice Case Studies on pedagogy and leadership issues, book reviews, regular newsletters etc.
6. International and Research partnerships – as a strategic partner for the Global Forum on Girls’ Education we have direct access to international research and findings related to girls’ education and opportunities to devise and commission UK based research. We can also offer discounted rates for Associate Membership of other Girls’ Schools Network e.g the USA based National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and the UK Girls’ Schools Association.
7. Networking and event opportunities such as International Day of the Girl, Women of the World (WOW) Festival, Partnership of Equals Conference, Model United Nations Conferences.
8. Lobbying government on policy development and partnership work with teacher unions on initiatives such as flexible working
We believe that through our collaborative network we can continue to challenge each other to develop innovative and excellent provision, to provide enhanced learning opportunities for our staff and students and to celebrate the exceptional benefits of our distinctive learning environments. We do hope you will choose to join us and contribute to strengthening the reach and impact of our association.
Elizabeth Kitcatt Jane Burton
Joint Presidents 2018-19