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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
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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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Very fine book for those looking to make the move.
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Excellent book
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I loved reading this book. Having met Jill and seen her speak, watched the work that she does promoting people-centred leadership on social media and hearing of the great consultancy work that she has done with senior leaders, I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. Whenever you anticipate the work of someone you admire and respect there's always a little trepidation, you don't want to be disappointed. Right from the first page I was inspired, reading Making the Leap is like a conversation with Jill. It is thoughtful, reassuring and always makes you consider your own position in our own bubbles and our impact on the larger world of education. For me, this book was timely. I am a senior leader who absolutely loves my job and the school I'm in so I often question why would I ever want to move on or move up? In addition, the thought of ever moving to Head is somewhat daunting and the bad press that education gets currently together with the extreme pressure which is placed on headteachers has contributed to the leadership recruitment issues that we are facing. Jill's book is a missal, it is a reassurance to those of us who are questioning whether or not headship is for us. She gives a battle cry to people who are passionate about working with young children and encourages people to do it for the right reasons and in a person-centred way. Jill gives guidance from experience and this will maybe prevent new heads from making unnecessary mistakes. This book has affirmed my self-belief and drive to one day make the leap into headship and when the time comes I will be re-reading it as I think it is a must for anyone who is thinking of or about to take the leap.
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I really enjoyed this book - I raced through it in two eveings, and term time evenings at that. Easy to read and more important easy to follow, Jill offers clear advice about the process of headship from start to finish. From applications through interviews to appointment and then to the all important transition JIll has the experience and the knowledge to make you think. That is the key. Jill does not offer anything revolutionary, no silver bullet no magic solution that guarantees success. Mainly because this does not exist. What she provides is solid and sensible advice that makes you think and consider your own practice, she enables you to put things into your own context and your own situation so that ultimately you can make the right application at the right time and then go on to prepare for the slings and arrows of the interview process. This is therefore a valuable read. Should you be successful I have no doubt you will reach for this text again and think about how to settle into your new role. This is a valuable addition to the understanding of educational leadership and anyone interested in going on to take up the ultimate responsibility in any school will be much better off for having read it. Thank you Jill.
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Making the Leap is an accessible and insightful read and I would highly recommend it for any aspiring senior leaders, let alone aspiring heads. The topics/questions for reflection at the end of each chapter are thought provoking and allow you to engage with a self-assessment of your own skills and abilities and to really make a judgement as to the type of establishment you would like to work for and within. The content is relevant to everyday happenings within a school and the wider literature listed as recommended reading is also beneficial. The latter point I would emphasise as I completed a postgraduate degree in Educational Leadership and several of the sources and texts cited were also referenced within my recent course. Set out in a clear format; starting with why and how you might apply, to negotiating a lead-in period and then how the initial time in post may be navigated, there is plenty of food for thought with regard to career progression and planning.
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The recent announcement of a shortage of Heads and Deputy Heads in the UK makes this practical, down-to-earth and ultimately quite joyful book all the more essential. Jill draws upon her extensive experiences and, with a deep sense of integrity and professional credibility, demystifies school leadership. In an era in which headship is frequently seen as a non-doable job (the longevity of a football manager without the salary), not only does she leave the reader believing that it's possible, she makes the possibility seem like something that could be deeply satisfying and thrivable. With careful preparation, self-knowledge and the right match between the school and the individual. Jill's voice rings throughout as clear, assertive, humble and humorous. She oozes positivity and moral purpose. Reading this book is a bit like like having a rejuvenating coffee with an old friend. Wholeheartedly recommended.
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I have read many books relating to education and leadership and I can honestly say that this is an absolute must for any aspiring Headteacher or senior leader!

To describe a book of this nature as gripping.. a real page turner, sounds perhaps strange.. but it honestly is.

The format is simple, with each chapter clearly laid out with essential reflection points at the end of each making it easy to read and key points memorable.

Having recently completed my NPQH and now looking to Headship, this has provided rich reflection for me not only in terms of the way forward, but also on the refinement of practice in my current role.

I am now on my second read through and I am sure this will be a book that will inform and accompany me as an essential guide supporting me as I make my leap from Deputy to Head!

Truly inspirational. Thank you Dr Jill Berry.
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