Coaching & Leadership Development

“Education for the Soul” Conference 2017

Aligning School Improvement with What Matters Most

19th October 2017 – Friends House, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BJ

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 The Workshop and Talks


The Education for the Soul Conference will host a series of workshop and keynotes, centred around the themes of authentic leadership, school improvement, well-being, resilience and values-based education.


The Keynotes


Education for the Soul will feature keynotes from two of the foremost experts on Well-being and Value-Based Education.


The Inner Curriculum


Speaker – Neil Hawkes


Talk Time – 10:15 – 11:15



Neil will aim to inspire the audience to adopt the tenets and principles of values-based education (VbE) as the template for encouraging outstanding leadership in their schools. Values-based education encourages the development of self-leadership in adults and children. Such dynamic, soul-led leadership looks to fill our existential vacuum with meaning and purpose driven by integrity, sourced from positive human values.


Those attending will leave having an understanding about the essence of VbE and its key elements of: authentic modelling; its inner curriculum; reflective practices; unique atmosphere; explicit experiential curriculum; empowering leadership and ethical vocabulary. Neil will exemplify his talk by drawing on heart-lifting examples from schools around the world that have adopted VbE.

The Ten Essential Keys to Happiness


Speaker – Vanessa King


Talk Time – 3:30 – 4:15




There is growing scientific evidence on the essential ingredients for feeling good and functioning well and why these matter for us as individuals and collectively.


In this engaging and interactive session author, psychologist and Board Member of Action for Happiness, Vanessa King will share the evidence-based 10 Keys to Happier Living and help us to try out some practical tools we can take away to use personally to maintain and increase our wellbeing and resilience and that could inspire us in our work with children and in creating happier school environments.



The Workshops


The day will also feature several workshops aimed at offering interactive opportunities for leaders to learn important leadership tools and explore some of the most important issues in education today.

Leading others effectively – technique vs identity and integrity


Facilitator – Steve Russell


Workshop Times: 11.30 – 12.45  & 1.45 – 3.00



To paraphrase Parker Palmer, ‘Good leadership does not come from technique. Good leadership comes from the identity and integrity of the leader’.

This session will explore ideas enabling participants to gain a better understand as to what makes them ‘tick’ as leaders. The focus will be on identifying strengths, as well as potential ‘Achilles’ Heels’ when it comes to balancing both structure and nurture for those being led. The main material will come from the Functional Fluency model, offering useful insights into ways we can reduce our reactivity and increase our response-ability as leaders.


What are the aims of this workshop?


The workshop is designed to offer those who attend an opportunity to…

– Become familiar with the main components of the Functional Fluency model, with a particular focus upon effectively balancing structure and nurture when being in charge of others.

– Practical ways to channel energy into structuring rather than dominating and nurturing rather than marshmallowing others.

– Consider implications of this for our own wellbeing.

– To identify existing strengths of your leadership style using the Functional Fluency framework.

– Explore the relationship between stress/pressure and the different behavioural modes



Building hope together: The Resilient Senior Leadership Team


Facilitator – Dr Ogugua Okolo-Angus


Workshop Times: 11.30 – 12.45  & 1.45 – 3.00



Becoming a resilient school leader is now more than ever one of the essential key drivers for enabling the whole school community to thrive during such turbulence our current education system in England.  Developing resilience skills requires a confident, competent approach to ’weathering any storm’ for all school leaders at any level.

This leads to the embedding of a culture of high expectations and an ambitious drive in seeing ‘obstacles as only challenges’ to overcome. This conference will explicitly provide some proven strategies for developing resilient leaders who can still retain their authenticity as leaders.

This workshop offers delegates a creative and practical forum for developing team resilience habits that once implemented become embedded and sustained later in the future.


What are the aims of this workshop?


For delegates to develop an understanding resilient leadership and its practical application in schools. The workshop will enable all leaders to:

– The rationale that underpins a resilient school culture that leads to improved outcomes for learners

– The approach to developing resilient leaders in schools Practical strategies for developing team resilience skills

– An effective approach to measuring the impact of a resilient school culture

At the end of the session, delegates will be equipped with the strategies for developing and maintaining resilience in yourself and others whilst remaining as the strong moral leader developing pupils’ resilience to improve outcomes



From my heart: Transforming lives through values


Facilitators – Neil and Jane Hawkes


Workshop Times: 11.30 – 12.45  & 1.45 – 3.00



This experiential workshop led by Jane and Neil Hawkes, will creatively explore The Inner Curriculum, which is about the inner world of thoughts, feelings and emotions. empowers Self-energy – the source of wisdom, courage, creativity compassion love and peace.


What are the aims of this workshop?


The workshop is designed to offer those attend an opportunity to…

– Experience and understand the importance of the Inner Curriculum and values-based education.

– See how the Inner Curriculum is nourished in schools and supports mental well-being and resilience.- For those who attend to experience reflective practice and hear about its link to inter-personal neurobiology.

– Connect with their authentic selves and release the innate essence of calm, courage, creativity, courage and compassionate.

– Experience the transformational properties of reflective practice.

– To take away some practical ideas to implement in your life and at work.



Because Everyone Matters: Well-being and School Improvement


Facilitator – Alison Kriel


Workshop Times: 11.30 – 12.45  & 1.45 – 3.00




Session overview:


This experiential workshop led by Alison Kriel, former Head of Northwold Primary school, will look at practical strategies school leaders can deploy to promote and develop a culture of well-being within their school.

Alison will also explore why nurturing one’s vision and remaining true to oneself is integral to our professional resilience, well-being and school performance.


What are the aims of this workshop?


In this workshop, Alison will explore a number of themes including…


– What it means to remain true to your vision

– The impact on wellbeing in remaining authentic

– Walking with the stars – working collaboratively

– Courageous leadership

– Our responsibility as School Leaders




Join us as we explore how we explore new ways of leading in Education today…


If you’d like to transform your daily reality of school leadership and develop new tools which will support you in your role, please follow the link below to pre-register for tickets to “Education for the Soul” 2018 today!