‘Be bold for change’ –I did and I’m not looking back!


#IWD17 #digimeet #beboldforchange

It was a wet and dark November evening. I was in the middle of jury service and thought I’m never going to be able to make it to my first #WomenEd event. “I haven’t got time”, I said; “who will look after my daughter” I protested; “I’ll go to another event” I asserted…excuse after excuse made. I thought I wasn’t entitled to have the time, as a busy working mum, to go to an event which spoke a universal language yet not one – I believed - I could get learn and get involved with.

Yet despite all of those reasons for not going, my sister metaphorically held my hand and I went – and this would be the start of my 10% braver. I met some fantastic men and women who all believed in equality, fairness and equity. I met @TheHopefulHT who was so passionate and positive and who I instantly admired. I listened to @MsBennyBonsu and her strong female voice was inspiring. I knew, as I left on a high that evening, that I wouldn’t even think again about questioning the need to make time for me.

There have been many 10% braver since that cold November evening – popping my ‘Twitter cherry’ and getting on-line; cautiously applying to be part of #BameEd, thinking my Headteacher wouldn’t authorise the time out of school; contacting a coach as part of the DfE Women Leading in Education and being coached; applying for Assistant Head teacher jobs that I didn’t think I would be able ‘to do’; having conversations with my 3 year old daughter about how boys and girls can be ‘superheroes’; even this blog, which I thought I shouldn’t write as I wouldn’t be able to articulate my thoughts, is brave for me.

But as #IWD17 quickly approaches, I want this message from me to be loudly heard – you CAN do whatever you desire. You CAN be a working mum and make time to be a change-maker; you CAN join SLT even if you think you’re not worthy of that position; you CAN be from a woman from an ethnic minority, working class background and be a Headteacher, you CAN have a voice and be entitled to have it heard and you CAN be 10% braver and #BeBoldforChange

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Sandeep Phagura

Sandeep Phagura

NPQSL; Coach/Mentor to improve quality of teaching and learning; PCM/responsible for ITT

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Natalie Wilcox Natalie Wilcox @natw 7 months ago
So many bold moments and such a great message Sandeep!
Sandeep Phagura Sandeep Phagura @sandyph 7 months ago
Natalie, thank you! It's my way of making a change, albeit small, for all of us out there
Clare Erasmus Clare Erasmus @cerasmusteach 7 months ago
Great blog! Encore!
Martha Da Costa-Sherwood Martha Da Costa-Sherwood @dacosmeconsult 7 months ago
What an open and honest blog - I think we've all made excuses about why cant' do something, when in all honesty we can, especially when it comes to taking time out for ourselves! Thank you Sandeep and best of luck with your journey.
Sandeep Phagura Sandeep Phagura @sandyph 7 months ago
Thanks Martha and Clare that means a lot.
I'm glad you thought it was honest, that's exactly what I wanted it to be. After all, what's the point of giving a message like that and not being authentic.
Katie Smith Katie Smith @mrskatesmith 7 months ago
I hear everything you are saying here Sandeep. You're blog is so articulate, I am glad you shared it and I hope you are too! 10% braver lady! xx
Allana Gay Allana Gay @allanag13 7 months ago
Add the voices that you have inspired through your belief and actions. Well done on making the pledge and maximising the opportunities of being #10%braver.
Looking forward to your next article
[Retired Colleague] [Retired Colleague] [Retired Colleague] 7 months ago
And this is just the beginning of your can do journey. Think of what you have achieved since November! How about what you will achieve by November?
Jill Berry Jill Berry @jillberry 7 months ago
Excellent, Sandeep - there's no stopping you now....
Leanne Avis Leanne Avis @missavis 7 months ago
So inspiring - thank you Sandeep - let's keep on being 10% braver! Looking forward to hearing more about your #boldness :)
Cherish Bere Cherish Bere @missbere 7 months ago
'you CAN be from a woman from an ethnic minority, working class background and be a Headteacher' thank you for articulating this! Worth it to see my thoughts reflected elsewhere.
Kerry Jordan-Daus Kerry Jordan-Daus @kerry 7 months ago
You can, you will! Watching this space, thinking it won't be a space for too long.
Vivienne Porritt Vivienne Porritt @vivienne 7 months ago
Brilliant and powerful. A true rallying cry. Hope you want to get involve doing in WomenEdLondon and amplify lots more voices.
Rochelle Allen Rochelle Allen @rochelle 7 months ago
This is so inspiring and clearly from the heart. So many of us stand on the edge too afraid to jump. Thank you for your honestly and encouragement.
Hannah Wilson Hannah Wilson @misswilsey 7 months ago
Sandy - this post totally sums up the fabulous educator I met a few months ago. Greenwich was one of my favourite #womened networking nights - Adam & Benny inspired me too. You each shared & grew before my eyes. I am so glad you came & got so much out of it. You are on a journey to SLT & I know your future is a bright one. With your #womened & #bameed tribe behind you, you really can achieve anything you put your mind too. X
Sandeep Phagura Sandeep Phagura @sandyph 7 months ago
Thank you @misswilsey @rochelle @vivienne @allanag13 @kerry @missbere @mshmfl How wonderful are you ladies! Not only because you took the time to read my blog, but empowering me further with your wonderful comments. This is what helps me do this with more fellow women. There is no stopping US! We CAN do this - so many of you who I have interacted with since November and even before that, make me believe this; I just never really felt it :-)
Jill Berry Jill Berry @jillberry 7 months ago
Good to hear, Sandy. Believe it!
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