Will Hazell

‘Put the kettle on, love’: sexism in leadership

Heard the one about the female trust boss who was mistaken for a PA? Will Hazell lifts the lid on the prejudice suffered by women leading our schools

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Being the boss of a multi-academy trust involves grappling with high-stakes accountability, the demands of regional schools commissioners and tightening budgets.

But some MAT chief executives say that they are also having to battle against the additional challenges of gender stereotyping and sexism.

Claire-Marie Cuthbert says she was the youngest female MAT CEO in the country when she was appointed as the boss of The Evolve Trust in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, last year at the age of 35.

Speaking at the WomenEd Unconference last month, she shared an experience she had shortly after becoming ...

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