The last decade has seen increasing levels of pressure, public scrutiny and personal accountability begin to seriously impact on the mental health and emotional well-being of our nation’s Head teachers and school leaders.
Education commentators have noted how burnout and ‘disappearance’ from the profession are on the rise. Meanwhile, Governors are now reporting recruitment has become a “major issue”. Among those who have remained in the profession, feelings of fear, isolation and self-doubt are now widely reported.
A former Headteacher and Director of Integrity Coaching, Viv Grant who experienced first-hand the cost of school leadership (Read her story in the Guardian) and has been working with School Leaders for the last decade, has decided that something needs to change.
That’s why, on the 19th October 2017, Viv and Integrity Coaching (the company she founded to support School Leaders after she left Headship) hosted a new type of conference – an ‘Education for the Soul’ Conference in Euston, London.
The conference was designed to tackle some of the biggest questions affecting education and the experience of school leaders today and help Head teachers and senior school leaders to improve their schools without sacrificing their own well-being. Viv Grant had this to say about the conference…
“In the last decade, I’ve seen how School leaders are now forced to sacrifice their well-being on a daily basis to simply survive in the profession. I’ve coached Heads on a brink of a nervous breakdown and have witnessed the inhumane treatment of those who have been let down by the system.”
“SAT’s and GCSE results, OFSTED grades and league tables appear to have more importance than the people behind it all. This is not how education should be. This is not how we fulfil society’s hopes and dreams for our children. “
“This is conference aimed to find solutions, establish new ways of leading that will transform the daily reality of School Leadership. It gave Heads and school leaders the chance to focus on their emotional needs and rather than ignore them, and I hope it made them realise these needs must be addressed if they are to successfully serve the needs of their staff, children and the communities they serve.”
Renowned Speakers such as psychologist Vanessa King, board member of ‘Action for Happiness’ and author of ‘Ten Keys to Happier Living’ and Dr Neil Hawkes, founder of ‘Values Based Education’ explained what needs to be changed to create a more humane approach to raise and maintain standards across our schools and keep Heads in the profession.
There was also selection of workshops delivered by experts from the fields of emotional resilience, Authentic School Leadership and Well-Being”.
Who are Integrity Coaching?
Integrity Coaching (www.integritycoaching.co.uk) was founded in 2008 by Viv Grant. She has been in the profession for nearly thirty years and is the author of “Staying A Head” the seminal book on stress management secrets for successful school leaders. Published 2014.
Integrity Coaching is London’s Leading Coaching company for school leaders providing emotional and psychological coaching support for Head teachers across the UK and recently partnered with the NUT to offer coaching services to NUT Head teacher members.
Viv Grant (Director): email@example.com Twitter:@VivGrant Office: 0208 767 7664
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