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More women 'becoming headteachers'

More women are becoming headteachers in schools in England, data from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) has suggested.

The teacher-training organisation also said younger teachers are making it to the top positions at schools.

The group said that there has been a 38 per cent rise in the number of teachers under 45 reaching the top, and there has been a 35 per cent increase in the number of women becoming secondary schools heads in the past 10 years.

The TDA said that women accounted for 70 per cent of all teachers and held 67 per cent of head and deputy head positions.

Existing figures show women make up 60 per cent of the British workforce, but only one in eight (12.5 per cent) of top management roles in the largest 100 British companies.

Slightly less than one third (30 per cent) of career-changers interested in becoming teachers already had previous management experience.

Graham Holley, TDA chief executive, said: "There aren't enough women in boardrooms across the country. But once again, the teaching profession is ahead of the trend, boosting opportunities for female school leaders."

He added: "More and more teachers are entering the profession with a wide range of career experience under their belts.

"We are seeing an increase in young school leaders and this highlights the wonderful opportunity teaching offers in terms of career progression. Younger teachers of both genders are in the position to rise up the ranks, by adapting their professional skills for the classroom."

Train to Teach recruitment events will be held in London and Manchester over the coming weeks.

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