Government grants of up to £30,000 are being made available to help schools create more diverse senior leadership teams.
Delivered through the coalition's Leadership, Equality and Diversity Fund, the money will be used to support local, school-led initiatives aimed at boosting diversity.
The government is committed to driving up standards of leadership in education, and this includes removing the barriers that prevent individuals - such as women and those from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds - reaching senior roles.
According to the latest school workforce data, women and BME individuals are still underrepresented in leadership positions. Only 36 per cent of secondary school heads are currently women and just 2.4 per cent of headteachers are from BME backgrounds.
The NCTL's Leadership, Equality and Diversity Fund has so far provided funding for diversity leadership projects in 30 schools - up to 1,000 teachers are expected to benefit.
Posted by Theo Foulds