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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crown House Publishing (14 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1785831615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785831614
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Jill Berry is a source of inspiration for aspiring and existing school leaders around the country. Her sphere of influence is far and wide. Since the conception of #WomenEd she has been a massive support to our community and to me as an individual. She has the ability, in just a short TeachMeet presentation, to make you really think about why you do what you do, how you do it and what you stand for. Being 10 per cent braver and building the bridge as we cross it have become mantras to empower us. Her twitter feed, blogs and articles are a regular diet for us all as leaders so her reflection questions will resonate with her loyal readership. Jill has shared helpful personal experience, professional insight and imparted pragmatic advice that helped me, as an aspiring head teacher, before, during and after the application process. Being able to articulate my motivation for leading a school and ensuring I am prepared for this career transition have enabled me to make the leap. On my third interview I secured a headship role in a brand new school which opens next year. Jill is right when she says, when you begin to apply for headships you do so with careful thought and discrimination . With Jill s help I now know myself and know the kind of head that I want to be and I am delighted to have found my best fit. --Hannah Wilson, co-founder of #WomenEd, Head-elect, Aureus School

Jill writes for leaders and future leaders everywhere. I love the way that she uses the best research to analyse the journey to headship and beyond. Jill s research conversations with new heads provide useful insights. She reflects on these conversations alongside practical suggestions to help school leaders and most importantly poses challenging questions to consider, inspiring us to think deeply for ourselves. As a new head teacher who has just completed stage zero of headship, it has been invaluable for me to read Jill s book before I embark on stage one next term. --Judith Enright, Head Teacher, Queens Park Community School

Reading this book is much like sitting with Jill for a robust and restorative cup of coffee, having the kind of conversation which leaves you reflecting on what you have to offer, what you hope to achieve and with a real sense of how you will go about it. With her unique and fundamentally joyful, optimistic voice, Jill shares her impressive wisdom and experience in a book which is well worth a read, whether you re firmly on the path to headship or flirting with the idea from a distance. Throughout, she balances impressive wisdom and experience with humour and humility challenge with compassion and potential difficult truths with words of comfort. Jill urges resilience in the face of setbacks, and strongly advises an astute choice of school and context for those aspiring to be heads. The book is full of personal anecdotes not just of Jill s successes, but of her setbacks and how they made her a better and stronger leader. I was particularly touched by the journey of the champagne bottle to and from the fridge as Jill tried repeatedly to secure a Head of English post in the 1980s. The book is full of pragmatic advice, from making optimum use of internal and external resources to dealing with expected and unexpected (and sometimes tragic) challenges. It focuses throughout on the crucial importance of relationship-building, careful preparation and noticing and celebrating the bright spots in your new school. I m not yet ready to be a head teacher, but, having read Making the Leap, I feel that the leap itself may not only be possible, but, for all its challenges, with wise choices and careful preparation, could also be a genuinely joyful experience. In addition, this book gives me the feeling that the kinds of heads inspired by the Berry school of thought will be the kinds of leaders who give us genuine reason to be optimistic for our children and our students. --Emma Kell, Head of Communications, Northumberland Park Community School

About the Author

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 head teacher 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.



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