Why the preponderance of male heads?
Clearly Newham has many outstanding men headteachers, but about three-quarters of the headteachers, including secondary, are now women. They have been particularly effective in the most deprived areas, but Newham's policies are to appoint the most effective candidate for the job irrespective of gender.
Satisfactory replacement of ineffective headteachers had to result in more men being replaced than women, but those replaced did include women as well. The present effective headteachers include men and women, but someone ought to ask why many LEAs employ more men headteachers than women, especially in secondary schools.
Chair Local Government Association London E6