Coaching & Leadership Development
4 Things School Leaders need in this Coronavirus Crisis

4 Things School Leaders need in this Coronavirus Crisis

  It’s fair to say that even at the best of times being a Head is a stressful job.   And now with the rapid outbreak of coronavirus across the world, the role has become far more complicated and stressful than perhaps had ever been thought possible.   Today, many Heads find themselves having to sail previously uncharted waters; they are having to captain and lead ‘digital’ schools whilst simultaneously provide some type of specialised, alternative provision for children of key workers.   It is schooling like many of us have never known before and it’s hard to say where it will lead. All we do know with any degree of certainty, is that at present, this is our new normal and it will require huge amounts of resilience, courage and flexibility to navigate these perilous times.   It is in times such as these, when it can feel as though everyone and everything else is at sea, that Heads needs to be supported to literally keep their own heads above water and find ways to remain grounded.   The going won’t be easy, the last few weeks have already proven that, but keeping an eye on these four qualities, might just help to bring some sense of calm to the storm that we are all experiencing…   1. Patience   Given predictions from a range of scientific and medical sources, it is highly likely that this outbreak will continue through to the end of the academic year. There is also talk that the virus may reoccur in a multiple waves in the months and years to come.  ...
Leadership Development Q&A

Leadership Development Q&A

Recently, I was delighted to be invited to a Q&A session by the Key for School Leaders. As part of this, school leaders from the Primary School Leaders Facebook group got the opportunity to ask some questions about school leadership and leadership development. There were a number of really great questions submitted by the group, and whilst I wasn’t able to address all of them – we were able to answer questions around several key topics such as: – How can new Headteachers ensure that their first term in the role is successful – How can Headteachers nurture strong working relationships with their Deputy Heads – How can school leaders reduce the workload of their team without putting more on their own plates – With falling budgets and redundancies looming, how can school leaders keep staff morale high Hopefully this podcast was useful in addressing some questions for you. If you’d like to explore any of the topics of the Q&A further or would like to discuss the challenges you’re currently facing, I’m now offering free “Coaching for the Soul” calls to provide you a space to do just that. These calls offer a safe space where you can… –  Talk openly and honestly about the challenges you’re facing –  Receive support and encouragement in your current situation –  Reflect on recent events and the impact they are having on you as a leader and as a person –  Gain clarity around your thoughts and plan a way forward Book Your Call Availability is very limited – so if you are determined to take charge of your own well-being, book today to avoid...