Applying to be a Headteacher! It’s a daunting task, and a decision that must not be taken lightly. To many, becoming a Headteacher is the pinnacle of their career, but the leap from deputy to Headteacher is fraught with dangers and responsibilities, but also with opportunities and being able to share your educational vision.
In her new book, Jill Berry calls upon her extensive experience of working in educational leadership to offer advice for those individuals considering making the leap from deputy to Headteacher. Offering advice in the areas of applying for headship (including help in deciding what to apply for), managing the lead-in period (exploring the challenges and developing relationships), the early months in post (continuing to build the bridge as you walk on it) and, establishing the headship role and beyond (trying to balance and sustain), the book is easily digestible and does not demand a timely commitment.
This is a book worthy of consideration for those already in the deputy headship role, or for those wishing to know the path, attitudes and opportunities to continue up the career ladder towards being a Headteacher. It is a thankless job – literally, but for those who succeed well in the Headteacher role will have followed much of the wisdom and advice in this book.
This book review originally appeared in the December 2016 Edition of UKEdMagazine
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