Making The Leap From Deputy (Vice-Principal) to Head (Principal)With Dr Jill Berry

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Are you a Middle Leader who is looking to make the leap from deputy to head? Then this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast is for you. In this episode, Leisa Grace talks with Dr Jill Berry who actually wrote the book on the subject.  Making the Leap – Moving from Deputy to Head’ (Crown House, 2016).

In this episode, we delve deep into what it takes to be a successful headteacher. We also look at why it is not the best role for everyone, and Jill offers her best tips on how headteachers who are new to the role can avoid some of the traps and pitfalls.

Dr Jill Berry taught for 30 years, initially as a secondary English teacher. She has been a head of English, head of sixth form and deputy head and was a headteacher for ten years. Since 2010 she has completed a Professional Doctorate in Education, worked as an associate for the National College for Teaching and Leadership and carried out a range of leadership consultancy work.

Additional Resources:

Making the Leap – Moving from Deputy to Head’ (Crown House, 2016):

‘Imperfect Leadership’, Steven Munby (Crown House, 2019):

‘Putting Staff First’, John Tomsett and Jonny Uttley (John Catt Ed, 2020):

‘The Unexpected Leader’, Iesha Small (Crown House, 2019):

The four-week online ‘Leading an Independent School course’ (suitable for UK and overseas schools because basically asynchronous) – for aspiring Senior Leaders and Heads in the independent sector:

TEDx talk: ‘Take a second look – bring out the best in yourself & others’  (2019):

HMC and GSA courses for aspiring heads on Zoom/face to face:

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