I've been thinking about the theme for this year's International Women's Day: "Be Bold for Change". And about how perfectly that fits with, and should inspire, our work in Education.
Our world is changing – it is becoming more complex and demanding, more unpredictable and less certain. To take up the challenge of preparing our children for this changing world we do need to move boldly.
If we want more girls to take up STEM subjects and careers; if we are serious about valuing diversity for greater educational outcomes; if we are truly determined that our students will be steady, assured, skilled and confident to face an uncertain future – then we need to embrace the challenge of change.
Perhaps the more important changes, though, are in the way we think. We will be bold for change. To champion education we need to have an appetite for risk, for innovation, to be unafraid to put children at the very centre of our decision-making and our actions.
One of the key ways to do this is to ensure equality at all levels of the department.
When we speak out to challenge bias and inequality; when we work to forge women's advancement; and when we celebrate the achievement of the many talented and passionate women in our organisation, we are helping to ensure a diversity of voices. We are creating a workplace where we have the confidence to take risks and the community of knowledge to ensure that we are on track to improve.
I hope you all enjoy the opportunity to celebrate International Women's Day.