Headteacher Nurture Meals
Are you a Head Teacher, desiring to keep a steady focus on ‘What Matters Most in Good Leadership’? If so, we warmly invite you to our termly Head teacher gatherings at The Prince Regent in Marylebone.
These meals are dedicated to helping head teachers build a thoughtful approach to headship and move beyond the operational and strategic and into the vocational aspects of the role.
Do You Want to…
– Connect with like-minded, values-centred head teachers?
– Be part of a supportive and collaborative network?
– Have regular professional ‘watering holes’ where your spirits can be refreshed and renewed?
Integrity Coaching will be hosting a series of Headteacher Nurture Meals, that will take place once a term. The Meals will aim to help Head teachers to move beyond the professional and into the wider territory of personal values, motivations and sense of vocation. Through deep questioning and reflection, the meals aim to help Head Teachers to integrate exactly who they are into what they do.
The meals will also give Heads an opportunity to share their rich experience and resource with like-minded Head teachers in a supportive, relaxed and collaborative environment. We will use all of the time we have to discuss questions, prepared material and experiences to generate a collective thoughtful approach to leading in education.
Each session will be facilitated and a broad structure will be offered.
Whose it for?
– Those looking to further their personal and professional development
– Those wanting to build supportive networks with colleagues outside of traditional school networks
When: Once a term, The next meal will take place on
Summer Term – possibly June [exact dates tbc]
Where: Private dining room @ The Prince Regent, 71 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5JN
In the cosy private dining area of this Central London Location, you can:
– Enjoy good food (and perhaps share a few bottles of wine)
– Relax with like-minded colleagues
– Engage in stimulating conversation
You will come away from the meals with:
– A clearer sense of perspective and how to respond in a way that is aligned with your deepest values to the changing educational landscape
– The knowledge that you are not alone and that there are colleagues with whom you can also reclaim and establish educational wisdom
– Greater confidence in your ability to lead your school in alignment with your core vision and values
Our First Headteacher Nurture Meal –
What Happens When Headteachers Drop Their Leadership Mask
In November, we hosted our first Head Teacher’s Nurture Meal. We were very clear in our purpose. This was not going to be one of those Head teacher gathering where individuals met with their peers, but still felt the need to be to wear their leadership mask or suit of armour, for fear of being judged or criticised for anything that they might say. This was going to be different. We wanted this event to say to all Heads who attended.
‘You are of value; you are of worth and you have the right to have your needs met’
We made sure that there were no:
– Obligatory tasks
– Agendas [ particularly of the hidden kind!]
– No fixed outcomes
The experience provided a wonderful space full of laughter and joy, in which Heads were able to lean back and for a couple of hours, drop the leadership mask, appreciate and enjoy the company of fellow school leaders.
As they did so, there were 4 key things that I noticed happening when Headteachers dropped their leadership mask….
These meals are designed to encourage Heads to find answers to some of these important questions…
How does your sense of vocation emerge from your experience?
Why is it important for you to be a head teacher?
What lies dormant or needs to be let go of, on your headship journey?
What is it that continues to serve your ambition as a head teacher?
Viv has been in the education profession for over twenty five years. She is a former primary head teacher and seventeen years ago was one of the youngest heads in the country to turn around a failing primary school.
She has been a lead trainer and consultant for a number of educational training bodies, including the Department for Education, the National College,The London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education and the NUT.
She was a contributing author to the 2011 publication Mentoring and Coaching in schools and in 2014 published her first book, “Staying A Head: The Stress Management Secrets of Successful School Leaders.”
She has written for the Guardian and appeared on TV, BBC Radio London and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s hour, talking about her work and the role coaching plays in helping school leaders to excel.
Giles has a background as a teacher in mainstream and specialist contexts. He spent most of his leadership experience as head of support services in a south London authority.
This involved establishing provision for children excluded from schools and in-school practice for students with additional and special educational needs. Fifteen years ago he began training in transactional analysis. He is now a training and supervising transactional analyst in the field of education.
Giles is especially interested in the relational aspects of leading in learning and developing values-based approaches to creating school culture. He enjoys teaching, spends much of his time training school staff and getting alongside teachers in classrooms. Giles writes on a range of themes about learning, schooling and what it’s like to teach. Outside of working in schools he runs a small farm in east Suffolk.