Funding for poorer pupils helps ‘more boys than girls’


Funding for poorer pupils helps more boys than girls @NuffieldFound shows. Boys in this group have a tendency towards truancy and bad behaviour while girls are ‘present in class’ but quietly under-achieving.

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Inspiring Women in Fashion with 120 school girls and Vogue

Alex Shulman

Today the Editor of British Vogue magazine, Alexandra Shulman and Miriam González Durántez, Partner at law firm Dechert LLP and wife of the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, took part in an Inspiring Women campaign ‘career speed networking’ with 20 other successful women and 120 girls at St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School, New Kent Road, London. Model @DaisyLowe also took part, along with senior women from Top Shop, Superdry, Bobbi Brown, Marks & Spencer, Aspinal, Harrods and the British Fashion Council to name but a few.
The aim of this event is to demystify the ever popular fashion industry and show the wide range of roles to which young girls today can aspire – from design, to manufacturing, to marketing, to retail. Looking behind the glitz and glamour to the real jobs available to the enterprising.

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Daisy Lowe

I could be sitting where she is!

Angela Mitchell

By Angela Mitchell, Deloitte Head of Public Sector, Scotland

We need more positive female role models in business – a simple statement, but true. It’s important for young women to be able to see a clear path to pursue their ambitions, whatever they may be. Having someone they can look at and say “I could be sitting where she is” is exactly the sort of inspiration many girls need.

I was lucky. As I made my way through school, university and my career, I had the support of those around me. No one closed down opportunities and I was allowed to pursue the path I wanted, which was in the typically male-dominated world of technology. However, it’s not the same for everyone. In many cases, girls are discouraged from pursuing their goals for one reason or another.

Nevertheless, I still work in an industry where typically, women are very much under-represented. It wasn’t something I was very aware of until I looked at other, more gender balanced sectors and realised that I was the only woman in the room on most occasions.

The good news is that’s been changing over the last decade. In my team we have more or less an even split between men and women at all grades – something I think is crucial to developing a well-balanced, effective team. And with a groundswell from government and numerous firms the position is set to further improve over the coming years but it does require some positive encouragement.

Scotland’s Inspiring Women campaign is designed to do exactly this. With the objective of providing girls in schools and colleges with a better grasp of the career opportunities available and encouraging them to aim high in their chosen career, whatever that may be.

To help launch the initiative, I joined 10 accomplished women at New College Lanarkshire for a speed-networking event with 100 young girls from schools and colleges. They quizzed us on our careers and the paths we took to get where we are today. The event aimed to show a wide range of female role models to which young girls can aspire, which it certainly did with a chief scientific officer, writer, editor, politician, legal and professional services partners, university professor, and oil & gas representation. All of the girls in the room were engaged and questions were fired from all angles.

Established just last year in England, Inspiring Women has already signed up 10,000 women from across politics, business, the arts, and further afield to talk to girls and the charity is hoping for a similar uptake in Scotland.

However, it’s not just about young women. The campaign is part of a larger initiative called Inspiring the Future which hopes to connect girls and boys with professionals in all sectors. Anyone can volunteer and all it asks is that you contribute one hour every year talking about your job and career path with young people in schools and colleges.

I’m proud to say that Deloitte is one of its supporters. Since the launch event, 1,000 more people have registered as volunteers – a real testament of the support for this programme. Enabling boys and girls to choose what they want to do, with no options ruled out, will help them achieve everything they possibly can.

Women ‘work for free’ until New Year!


A rise in gender pay gap means women will effectively ‘work for free’ from today until the New Year – which is three days longer than in 2013. Women currently earn, on average, £2.53 less per hour than men do. That equates to 80 pence for every pound a man is paid.

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Also interesting is Equal Pay Day: