Jo Owen visits Emma Penzer, an experienced deputy head at Woodberry Down Community Primary School in Hackney, to find out if she has what it takes to become a headteacher.
Emma is already working to capacity. Concerned about her work/life balance she is wary of taking on the added workload and responsibility that headship would bring.
For inspiration, Jo sends Emma to spend a day with a charismatic leader. Award-winning architect Angela Brady has been running her successful business for 20 years whilst balancing the demands of children and home life.
Will a day spent with Angela prompt Emma to reconsider her journey to headship? To find out, Emma sits before a carefully selected panel of education experts chosen from governing bodies, industry recruitment and outstanding schools.
After cross-examination, the panel will decide if she has the skill as well as the will to make it.
User friendly guide to the main issues and policies an aspiring head needs to know
The NCSL's campaign to develop more school leaders in light of the potential shortage of headteachers across England
An organisation that helps develop the next generation of leaders for challenging schools
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