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5 May 2023


What are Gender Stereotypes?

Gender stereotyping occurs when we ascribe differing attributes to people depending on their gender, and this can occur from the moment we are born: ‘Subtle cues about “manly” and “ladylike” behaviours, from the moment of birth, mould our behaviours and abilities…’


These stereotypes impede our abilities to flourish and to become our best selves.

‘“Harmful” gender stereotyping has helped fuel the UK mental health crisis afflicting the younger generation, an influential report has warned, adding that it is at the root of problems with body image and eating disorders, record male suicide rates as well as violence against women and girls.’

(The Guardian)

The Path To Equity #EmbraceEquity. (WomenEd)


Think of yourself as a leader

On average, women receive higher performance ratings than men, but receive 8.3% lower ratings for potential than men. This results in female employees, on average, being 14% less likely to be promoted than male colleagues. Knowing this, to me, means that we shouldn’t wait for a tap on your shoulder or a colleague to suggest you apply for a post.We need to be #10percentBraver and apply for posts.

Lead as a woman

We absolutely do not have to mimic the stereotype of a strong, male leader. Women are experts in

  • participatory and inclusive leadership
  • clear and strong communication
  • learning from others
  • transparency
  • compassion, empathy, and honesty.

We can also create a vision, lead strategically, be effective in a crisis, lead a large team and all other leadership requirements and we can do it by being ethical, transparent and equitably.

Know your worth 


Managing Stress Toolkit


Causes of stress at work

There are six main areas that can lead to work-related stress if they are not managed properly. These are: demands, control, support, relationships, role and change.

For example, workers may say that they:

  • are not able to cope with the demands of their jobs
  • are unable to control the way they do their work
  • don’t receive enough information and support
  • are having trouble with relationships at work, or are being bullied
  • don’t fully understand their role and responsibilities
  • are not engaged when a business is undergoing change

Stress affects people differently – what stresses one person may not affect another. Factors like skills and experience, age or disability may all affect whether a worker can cope.

By talking to your workers and understanding how to identify the signs of stress, you can prevent and reduce stress in your workplace.

Lessons Learned and What to Expect in Education

Where have the last 3 years gone?! It seems only yesterday the COVID-19 pandemic had started and we were in our first ‘Lockdown’, yet here we are in 2023 looking back at lessons learned, and anticipating changes in the immediate future.


18 May 2023: 13:30 - 16:30

According to NHS Employers, 3.5 million of Britain’s female employees are aged 50 or over and are likely to be approaching or experiencing the menopause. 

The menopause is therefore a key workplace issue that all managers need to have a greater understanding of. 

This digital event will cover the symptoms and misconceptions of the menopause, as well as employer responsibilities and the support mechanisms available for employees.

Discounts for You at Discounts For Teachers

You can find enormous savings with local and independent businesses through Discounts for Teachers. 

Mental Health Awareness Days



13th to 20th May Mental Health Awareness Week
Sunday 21st May World Day for Cultural Diversity

June – All June Pride Month
Thursday 1st June International Children’s Day
12th to 18th June Men’s Health Week
26th – 30th June World Wellbeing Week

Tuesday 25th July National Schizophrenia
Awareness Day
Saturday 30th July World Friendship Day

August Nothing!

September Sunday 10th September World Suicide Prevention Day


Technology Support

As part of our drive to use technology more effectively within the Trust, we will be sharing some top tips videos. They are really useful tools that are for everyone and not just for in the classroom.
This week is all about OneNote.
If you want more help or support, please speak to your school digital champion. 


See whats happening on the National College website. This week is Stress in Young People



Plus take a look at the CPD resources on our own website. We are adding to it all the time! Check it out here

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