Women and wellbeing during Covid-19 action learning set (Code: C1096)

The kinds of developmental activities managers, leaders, and organisations undertake are important to how we learn, survive and work with uncertainty and an ever-changing environment. Covid-19 restrictions, illness and deaths have exacerbated existing intersectional gendered inequalities for students and staff. Putting the voices of marginalised groups front and centre is vital to understanding and responding effectively and compassionately to the different ways people have experienced this global pandemic.


No suitable dates or locations? Please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

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Who is this for?

This Action Learning Set (ALS) is for women leaders and managers in all kinds of Further Education and Training settings, who want to share and learn from each other's experiences of leading and managing during Covid-19. Working alongside eachother, you will find solutions and develop skills beyond the pandemic - skills for future leadership and management thinking, vision and practice. Action learning is organisational development learning about real problems in real life with real people. This WLN action learning set will bring you together with other women leaders and managers to work intensively over six weeks in a small group on the things that challenge you in your career, working relationships, and life. Solutions emerge, issues that seemed impossible - become resolvable.

Training aim

Using an intersectional gender equality lens, WLN's aim is to enable and empower all kinds of women in the sector to:

  • Create the conditions for women managers and leaders to learn, survive and work in an ever-changing environment
  • Provide thinking space for women managers and leaders
  • Increase interaction, deep conversations, critical thinking and focussed learning activities
  • Encourage learning beyond the individual and their organisation
  • Strengthen the potential of women managers as future leaders
  • Recognise and overcome systemic and internalised gendered barriers
  • Advocate for gender equality


We've chosen the facilitators and designed this ALS to support you to: 

  • Learn lessons from each other's different experiences of managing and leading during coronavirus.
  • Explore the unequal intersectional impacts of coronavirus on women's wellbeing, at home and in-work
  • Acknowledge the importance of your mental health and wellbeing and how to protect it
  • Better understand how to support others' wellbeing: students, staff, teams, particularly those at greatest risk of experiencing the burden of coronavirus.
  • Explore how you can turn challenges into opportunities to promote wellbeing, change practice and support others. Identify organisational changes to embed and sustain mental health and wellbeing for staff and students.


Each set has 6-8 places available and involves five mandatory sessions made up of 4x two hour facilitated sets at approximately weekly intervals and one alumnae celebration and networking event on Wednesday 31 March 2021

Choose from set 1 or set 2 - whichever dates fit best with other demands on your time.

Join Set 1: (facilitated by Pauline Odulinski OBE) from 14.00-16.00 on the following Thursdays 25.2.21, 4.3.21, 11.3.21, 18.3.21 - plus join our WLN alumnae celebration on Wednesday 31 March 2021,


Join Set 2: (facilitated by Calista Francis) from 17.00-19.00 on Wednesday 24.2.21, Tuesday 2.3.21, Wednesday 10.3.21, Wednesday 17.3.21 plus join our WLN alumnae celebration on Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Entry Requirements

WLN actively dismantles barriers and welcomes women in all their diversities, in all kinds of FE, skills and lifelong learning who are ready to:

  • learn collaboratively
  • act as agents for intersectional gender equality change
  • show solidarity


We want every woman involved to enjoy and have full access. Please do not be offended if we ask you to help us do so by telling us:

  • Before the ALS if you have any specific online accessibility requirements, we need to know about
  • If at any time you notice something we've missed or made difficult for you or others - please say, and we will do everything we can to make it right.

Contact us

If this course is not currently available at a suitable date/location, please register your interest and we will let you know about new events as they are announced.

If you have any questions, please contact:

T: 0800 0 831 830
E: enquiries@etfoundation.co.uk