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25th September 2015 at 01:00

Women in leadership: it’s all in the mindset

I was disappointed that, in the article “Why it’s not childcare that holds women back” (Comment, 18 September), there was no acknowledgement of the argument that some women leaders may experience discrimination.

Women’s decisions or opportunities to take up headships can be strongly affected by the thoughts and actions of others. Although it is interesting to consider the notion that a woman’s mindset, rather than her desire to spend more time with her family, might dissuade her from becoming a school leader, is it not also possible that other people’s mindsets, rather than her own, might be the key to her lack of ascension to the top job?

It is very difficult for all parents, not just mothers, to balance the demands of running a family and a school, but it is important that all leaders accept that it is possible to succeed at home and as a headteacher, regardless of gender.

Stuart Dyer


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