Women into headship

Women into headship

Is the world really a different place now for senior female leaders compared to ten years ago? Sue MacGregor joins us to explore why there's such a discrepancy between the number of women teaching and the number of women leading, and to look at how aspiring women leaders can best progress their headship ambitions. Considering these issues and more are National Leader of Education Hazel Pulley, Headteacher of Caldecote Community Primary School in Leicester; Eve Warren, NCSL gender consultant and life-work coach; and aspiring headteacher Dr Tesca Bennett, Head of Science at Bishop Thomas Grant School in south London.


About the speakers

Hazel Pulley

Hazel Pulley is Headteacher of Caldecote Community Primary School in Leicester - her fourth headship of inner city schools. Hazel is a National Leader of Education; a recent member of the Executive Leadership programme; and a School Improvement Partner in Leicester and Birmingham. Presently she is preparing to become an Executive Headteacher of a second local school, linking with her current school into a soft federation.

Eve Warren

Eve Warren has over 20 years' experience of leading women's development courses and was lead consultant on NCSL's 'Taking Women's Leadership Forward' programme in 2005. She has worked as a life-work coach for over 15 years, helping senior and aspiring senior people to achieve personal and professional goals. Her own consultancy, set up in 1992, has focused on stress and change management, management and women's development.

Tesca Bennett

Dr Tesca Bennett is Head of Science at Bishop Thomas Grant Secondary School in Lambeth, south London. After completing her biotechnology PhD at the University of Manchester, Tesca went on to form a recruitment company supplying staff to the scientific industry. As exciting as this was, she was keen to use her science training and joined the teaching profession as a Fast Track teacher in 2003.

About Sue MacGregor

Sue MacGregor is one of the UK's foremost radio presenters. She was the voice of Woman's Hour for 15 years, after which she fronted the Today programme. She currently presents A Good Read and The Reunion on BBC Radio 4.