Coaching & Leadership Development

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School Leadership Retreats


Join us for a two day retreat set in the stunning countryside location designed to help you re-energise, reconnect with your values and focus on your strategy for securing outstanding results for you and your school. 

Do you want to…

– Reflect in a safe place on key questions that are of importance to you in your role?


– Have time to explore your own personal leadership journey and what it means for you and your current school context?


– Deepen your understanding of who you are as a leader and how you can develop greater self-belief and courage.

– Improve your ability to stay true to your vision and values, even in times of great change.

– Connect with like-minded school leaders, share best practice, inspiration and experiences.


Programme Overview


These retreats offer a fantastic opportunity for head teachers and school leaders to grow and reconnect with their original vision, passion and purpose. These relaxing getaways involve journaling, discussion and walking and a series of structured discussions. The two day programmes are designed to help you:

– Learn how to build emotional resilience and courage to take risks

– Develop relationships with, share support & best practice with like-minded school leaders

– Make sense of what it means for you to be a school leader today

– Deepen your connection with your original vision, passion and purpose

– Clarify the experiences and values that underpin you and your role as leader

– Identify ways of being that will support you in being the best that you can be

– Reflect on your experiences & how these can be used for growth

– Re-charge your batteries and re-fuel your passion

Suffolk Dates: 

– 6 and 7 July

– 21 and 22 Sept

Bristol Dates

– 28 and 29 Sept


Accommodation: We will make arrangements for participants to stay in a nearby Bed and Breakfast

Meals: We will make all arrangements for your meals throughout your stay.

Places are extremely limited and due to popular demand, places for the 2017 retreats will go fast – so book now to avoid disappointment.


New Motivation

A renewed sense of self, vigour and passion for your role

New Hopes

A deeper understanding of how to maintain a strong and courageous outlook

New Possibilities

Personal insight about who you are as a leader and how to utilise your strengths


Retreat Facilitators


The retreat will be led by Viv Grant, Director of Integrity Coaching, and Giles Barrow, Associate Coach.  It will be based in an old mill roundhouse at Giles’ smallholding that lends itself to talking and walking whilst considering the important themes that guide you in your professional work.


Giles Barrow


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.


Viv Grant


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.

Tim Small


Tim’s deep interest in learning and leadership is grounded in twenty-seven years’ experience of teaching and leading in six comprehensive schools, culminating in a headship in Wiltshire. He has practised for fifteen years as an education consultant, working across the UK and in Australia, Malaysia and the Middle East.

Tim has coached education and business leaders in a range of challenging contexts, working alongside them on improving their own and their organisations’ resilient agency and capacity for transformation.  He runs interactive workshops to prepare teachers and leaders to use the Crick Learning for Resilient Agency profile (CLARA) and Authentic Enquiry, to transform learning for individuals, groups and systems.

He has contributed articles and chapters to prestigious, peer-reviewed publications on leadership, learning and values education and he is passionate about integrating the accountability agenda with a humanity agenda.

You created a really powerful space that helped us to connect deeply with what matters most to us

I experienced such a joy in being allowed to have a voice


Shared experiences and shared empathy have been really valuable to me

The space has helped us to recover and find again our spark