In particular, the session asked:
- Why are only 3/10 heads female when the proportion of workforce in 3/4?
- Why do so few people want to be primary headteachers? How can we support those who do?
- How can we make headship a more attractive and desirable role?
- What are the challenges and benefits of accelerated leadership programmes?
- How can we keep more of our talent in the profession?
- What one change could we make to improve headship recruitment?
The gender divide was discussed in educational leadership and people seemed shocked by the statistic from the first question. As we moved forward, the level of accountability and stress, not to mention career reputations on the line were some of the issues that people discussed relating to leaders being deterred from headship.
Others thought the lure of the classroom was too much and leaders would miss teaching. An outstanding teacher is not always an outstanding leader, people debated. The benefits of educational leadership development programmes were debated and people highlighted the danger of inexperienced being thrust into leadership roles. Many agreed that the pressures on heads were immense and that would have a detrimental impact on health and family lives.
Tweet of the Week:
@tim_jumpclarke – But most HT time spent: policies, legislation changes, HR, H&S…Should be enabling everyone to be the best they can be. #ukedchat
Other Notable Tweets:
@MsHMFL#ukedchat there may actually be LT keen to be heads who are geographically stuck in areas where there is little movement in jobs
@ukedchat @barton_jw perhaps much could be done to promote the success stories rather than the negatives?
You can replay the session via the Storify below…
About the host:
Senior leader and part of the Future Leaders network at an inner-school in Birmingham.