Believe in yourself!


After 12 years in the classroom I am about to embark on my first Assistant Head role (with some teaching, naturally!).

It is not that I didn't believe in myself over the 12 years, but rather, due to prior experience of interviews, that I would not compromise my values just to fit in somewhere.

It was after hearing @jillberry‍,  @vivienne‍, @jazampawfarr‍ and @nataliescott‍ speak, that I realised this was ok. It was ok to stick to my values and keep coming back to my moral compass.

Once I started to accept this, I was able to write about my experiences from my heart. I understood now that not everywhere will be right for me, just as I won't be right for every establishment. This acceptance led me to securing two interviews for AHT roles.

During both interviews (having researched the schools as much as possible) I went in confident that my values are mine and only if they align for both the head and myself would this result in a successful interview, and if not, then that was fine too.

I was offered both roles, and for the first time in my career, I had both schools trying to entice me to take their offer over the other.

The deciding factor for me was the ability to work alongside an experienced senior team, rather than run a small school on my own under the direction of a distant executive headteacher.

Sticking to my values not only helped me make a decision that both my mind and heart were happy with, but also got me shortlisted and appointed.

Believe in yourself and your values!

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Jaz Ampaw-Farr Jaz Ampaw-Farr @jazampawfarr 4 months ago
This is utterly fantastic! I'm so delighted for you. Not only because you set yourself up to win by defining your WHY but also because that authenticity attracted those who share your values. What a great and encouraging example to share! Well done.
K I K I @leadingspark 4 months ago
Thank you @jazampawfarr - I think it's time I started to share my story hoping that it may help even one teacher stay in this amazing profession.
Anoara Mughal Anoara Mughal @ano 4 months ago
Congratulations! A wonderful accomplishment, at the right time for you.
Jill Berry Jill Berry @jillberry 4 months ago
Excellent news - congratulations! And when you say, "It was ok to stick to my values and keep coming back to my moral compass." I would say it's more than OK - it's essential! This is what will strengthen you and help you to decide on your direction when you face challenges.

The very best of luck, and have a brilliant summer break so that you feel refreshed and re-energised when term starts!
Vivienne Porritt Vivienne Porritt @vivienne 4 months ago
Whoop whoop, fantastic news and loved your point about sharing your story to encourage other women - brilliant. I'm glad I, and other #WomenEd, colleagues helped along the way.
Lena Carter Lena Carter @lenabellina 4 months ago
Just fabulous. I think that more of us need to be like you! Thanks.
Jill Berry Jill Berry @jillberry 4 months ago
I think more and more women ARE, @lenabellina. Hope you're having a good summer.
Clare Erasmus Clare Erasmus @cerasmusteach 4 months ago
A fabulous blog...great news to end the the impact from meeting and listening to these great people
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