Five successful women heads talk about how they got there, how they’ve stayed, pay issues, industrial tribunals and the other challenges of the top job.
When primary head Karen Giles was interviewed for the post, a governor asked her if she could do the job ‘with those nails’. And secondary head Clarissa Williams remembers being told she was being interviewed for a deputy headship because they needed a woman ‘to be in charge of the girls’ toilets’. Have times changed since then? In an inspiring discussion, together with Bushra Nasir, Jacqueline Valin and Avril Dalglish, these women with nearly 60 years of headship between them share experiences and compare strategies and stories to show how they’ve managed to make headship ‘the best job in the world’.