Men without women

19th April 1996 at 01:00
Schools have returned to brand new masters but not, alas, to many mistresses. Only five of 32 directors of education are women and women account for just a quarter of the directorate (38 out of 150).

Jotter's roll of shame shows that the authorities without a single woman in the top ranks are Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Fife, Highland, Perth and Kinross, Scottish Borders, West Dunbartonshire, Orkney and Shetland.

By contrast East Ayrshire director John Mulgrew finds himself surrounded by three women in the four-person directorate. And it is worth noting that Glasgow's directorate of eight has a respectable tally of three women.

It all depends, of course, on what we mean by the directorate. Highland, for example, would not be on the roll of shame if the council's area education managers are included: Annette Sharland in Skye and Lochalsh. And East Lothian's third-level tier of six "managers" produces another three women.

We are all, in fact, managers now. Gone are the simple days of deputes and assistants, although Dundee, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Moray have held on to deputes while Glasgow continues with that faithful old retainer the senior education officer.

Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross and West Lothian have all appointed school heads to senior posts. Only one, however, is from the primary sector: Christine Higgison from Kelvindale primary in Glasgow.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now