SPANZ - in a land of plenty (men) and an opportunity for women
Today marks the first full day at the Secondary Principals of Aotearoa New Zealand (SPANZ) conference.
Today we get to sit through the first three of five keynotes, all of which are men.
To put this into context, Principalship in New Zealand is dominated by men. In 2019 37% of secondary school leaders were female, this is in contrast to the secondary teacher workforce where 63% are women. Whilst we have made progress over the last thirty years going from 19% to 37% female leaders, we are still very much under-represented.
Considering the influence and reach secondary leaders have and the important responsibility they fulfil in leading our young people what is the price we pay for this under representation??
Above are the stats that are laid out in NZCER's Women becoming secondary school leaders: Barriers, supports, and enablers Report written by Cathy Wylie, Jo MacDonald, and Renee Tuifagalele and published in 2020.In the report, Wylie, MacDonald, and Tuifagele pose the following questions:
- The current state—What do we know about women in secondary school leadership and their pathways to and through positional leadership roles?
- Barriers—What are the barriers to women being in positional leadership roles in secondary schools? Why are women 63% of the secondary teaching workforce, but only 37% of secondary school principals?
- Supports and enablers—What policies and practices have been identified to better support women’s pathways into and through positional leadership roles in secondary schools?
- Gender framing of the principal’s role as masculine
- Women underestimating their leadership skills, and capacity
- Gendered family responsibilities and roles
structural to the personal.
- Unbiased promotion and appointment processes
- Principals and other school leaders who actively develop, encourage, and mentor, and who open up opportunities and networks for women
- Creating more flexible principal roles
- Women’s own planning and initiative, and the availability of appropriate leadership professional development
- Partners or friends who provide practical and emotional support.
|Source: Global Women | Champions for Change|