National Coaching Pledge

'I cannot teach anyone anything. I can only make them think'

Important Notice

Changes are planned to the delivery and management process that surrounds the work of the National Coaching Pledge as of September 2020 - further information will be shared in due course. Please note, current arrangements for registering onto the Coaching Pledge database, contacting potential coaches or continuing coaching relationships will remain until further notice.


Women Leading in Education (WLE) is aimed at supporting women into leadership roles, through development opportunities, sharing of good practice and access to a range of helpful resources.

Recent available data (2017) shows that although 85% of all primary teachers were female, just 73% of primary headteachers were women. Additionally 63% of all secondary teachers were female whilst just 38% of secondary headteachers were women. This data demonstrates that women are under-represented in leadership positions, especially at secondary level. The DfE’s National Coaching Pledge invites all leaders to make a voluntary pledge to coach aspiring female leaders.

WLE Coaching Feedback Survey

We would love to hear your thoughts about the Women Leading inEducation Coaching Pledge. To share your feedback and experiences, please click the button below and complete the DfE feedback survey.

Feedback Survey

Returning to teaching?

If you’re considering returning to teaching or you’re qualified to teach secondary Modern Foreign Languages, Maths or Physics, the transition back to school may be easier than you expect. To find out what support may be available to you, complete the online registration form or call 0800 085 0971 for help and advice.

Return to teaching

Owning your career

To support women teacher’s into leadership roles we will be running a series of events up and down the country for both coaches and partipants. These events will provide opportunities to:

  • Network
  • Learn more about the National Coaching Pledge
  • Hear from a keynote speaker from the education sector sharing their insights into career progression and coaching
  • Set careers goals or to think about your coaching practice
  • Have the opportunity to experience coaching