I chose to register to be a coach for women leading in education because I am passionate about the job we do and know that many women, including myself, are reluctant to put themselves forward for leadership posts because of a lack of confidence rather than any lack of ability. I am currently leading on the development of women into leadership posts within my MAT. I have learnt more about leadership, and about myself, since being a Head than any course ever prepared me for. Dealing with the unexpected (and sometimes the expected) can be daunting but its also exciting and seeing the difference you can make to individuals’ chances in life is its own reward. This is my belief as a coach as well as a Headteacher. I have previously coached staff and student teachers through some difficult times including someone who was expected to leave the profession before she ever qualified: she has now been a successful class teacher for a number of years. In a time when the profession feels overloaded with initiatives and unnecessary workload I firmly believe in growing expertise from within and helping class teachers begin to see the wider impact they could have beyond their own classroom walls, using ideas they have proven to have an impact on the pupils they teach.