In the first episode of Season 2 of the ‘Independent Teacher Podcast’, Helen Jeys, Headteacher of one of the UK’s leading schools, joins Susan Pallister to discuss some of the key moments from her leadership journey. Helen talks about her educational philosophy and how her commitment to character education has shaped her approach to leadership. Helen reflects on the challenges of leading a school through the pandemic, how her school is preparing students for careers in the 21st Century, as well as her views on the English examination system. At the end of the programme, we go back in time to 2016, and Helen shares some of the advice she would have given to herself as she started out on her headship journey.