A programme with 3 dimensions
This programme is now in its 4th cohort, having evolved from a UK-based scheme. We partner with the Girls’ Schools Association, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools in the US and Canada, and the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.
One to one mentoring
The Network is for colleagues thought capable of becoming Heads within the next 5-7 years.
Our mentors are all current or former senior executives with a non education background, our stance being that we are mentoring leadership, not headship. Mentors have included Col Lucy Giles, the first woman to run a Sandhurst College, John Cridland, former Director General of the CBI, and a number of other Board level or equivalent colleagues with CEO, COO, HR or Marketing backgrounds.
A Community project
Where colleagues are paired, where possible with a colleague from the opposite sector, and asked to complete a project which benefits either their local community or a subject community. Examples of completed projects have included: Perfectionism in Girls’ Schools; Readaxation, reading as an alternative to social media; and Mental Health studies comparing approaches in different schools.
Insights Discovery Profiling and Feedback
This is a questionnaire based on the work of Carl Jung which highlights an individual’s predispositions, or preferred behaviours. Participants receive a personalised 20 page report which also includes graphical descriptions of their conscious and less conscious preferences.
US Canadian and Australian Schools have joined the programme
One to one mentoring
In the current cohort, schools from the US, Canada and Australasia have joined the scheme. We have expanded our panel of mentors to include colleagues from the US and Australia. The majority of mentoring will take place virtually, using Zoom or similar technology.
Conference in Boston
We are going to mark the culmination of the programme with a conference in June 2022. The NCGS has a Global Forum every three years and next year’s event is due to be held in Boston. Members of the new cohort will be invited to attend that event and also a dedicated conference of their own prior to the Forum. If budget and/or the pandemic do not enable travel, there will be a virtual option.