Courageous Leaders

A free one-year leadership and management programme for LGBT+ teachers.


About the programme

Courageous Leaders is a free one-year leadership and management programme for LGBT+ teachers. We are part of the E&D Regional Hub for the East of England and North East London, which aims to increase the diversity of school and college leadership. Courageous Leaders specialises in working with teachers with the protected characteristics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Reassignment as identified in the Equality Act (2010).

What can you expect from the course?

  • Three one-day Leadership Skills workshops at different locations in the region, covering ‘being your authentic self’, modern LGBT+ identities, Leadership traits and interview skills.
  • An allocated mentor to guide you on your career journey.
  • Networking opportunities with and peer support from other LGBT+ education professionals.
  • Application forms for promotion checked by an NLE and advice offered. 
  • Support with any issues you experience at work relating to your sexuality or gender identity. 
  • Support with being out at work, being a role model and setting up a Pride Club for LGBT+ pupils/students. 
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment.
  • Guaranteed confidentiality and sensitivity at all times. 

The history of the programme

We first received funding in 2016 and have recruited 30 LGBT+ teachers since then who are looking for promotion. For the first two years the course was funded by the DfE leadership equality and diversity fund to support diverse school leadership and a review of last year’s courses can be found here. See our Case Studies pages for more information.