Leap with faith: Moving successfully from deputy headship to headship

Dr Jill Berry

Dr. Jill Berry will be speaking alongside a number of experts – including Sir Tim Brighouse and Sir John Dunford – at Forum Education’s National Early Headship Conference on 7th October. In an exclusive blog for Forum Education, Jill explains the significance of the move from Deputy to Headteacher and says that whilst it is a leap, it can be done with thought and planning

Leap with faith: Moving successfully from deputy headship to headship

In 2000, after five years as a deputy, I took up my first headship. I had a decade in the job and I loved it.

But my experiences of making that leap stayed with me and prompted me to focus on the process of making that move for my professional doctorate, which I started after leaving headship. My aim was to produce research that could benefit future generations of deputies moving to headship.

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