Female school leaders can improve pupils’ attainment

Councils are brushing off their responsibility to hire more female headteachers

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In 2009, the school I was teaching at in Edinburgh appointed its first ever female headteacher. I was 25 and in my first job out of probation. I remember the portraits of former rectors that hung in the assembly hall. All the great men in the school’s great history, with their names etched into the wooden panels below. Glowering down on staff and pupils alike, stuffy academic gowns draped over their shoulders and not a smile between them.

Nationally, it’s clearly not an acceptable situation that we continue to have gender disparity in senior educational roles (“Glass ceiling ‘firmly intact’ in ...

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