Coaching & Leadership Development

#AugustUnwind – Refreshing and Preparing You for the Year Ahead

  What is #AugustUnwind? At Integrity Coaching, we believe that you perform at your best when your needs are being met and your energy levels are at their highest. We also think that the summer holidays represent a vital opportunity for you to give yourself some ‘Head space’, so that you can clear your emotional and mental decks and begin to prepare yourself for the new term. If you don’t, you will run the risk of starting the new term only partially refuelled. You’ll start the new term thinking you’ve relaxed over the summer break, having switched off from all the pressures of running a school, whereas in fact your mind may have switched off, but your emotions haven’t. This is why we created the #AugustUnwind initiative which was designed to help you de-stress this August, make the most from your summer and above all, empower you to fulfil your role to the best of your ability next year. How does it work? Every day between 9Am and 11AM, we will be tweeting a new “challenge” for our followers, some big and some small – ranging from outdoor activity ideas, reflection suggestions to ways you can make August extra special for you and those you love. How can you get involved?  We’d love you to share the pictures of you completing your challenge or just share with us how you’re enjoying your summer break. Just be sure to use the #AugustUnwind hashtag!       Need helping Unwinding this August – why not check out our blog on How to Recharge Your Batteries This Summer....

“Meeting the needs of Headteachers” – Viv Grant in Ground-Breaking Wellbeing Book

The 26th July marked the official launch of Mental Health and Well-Being in the Learning and Teaching Environment – a paradigm-shifting book which draws on expertise from two previously separate disciplines of education and mental health to consider the relationship between mental health and education in an evidence-based and practice-focused way. As an expert in the field, Integrity Coaching’s very own Viv Grant was asked to contribute a chapter on “Meeting the needs of Headteachers” which explores a number of the challenges school leaders face today. Here’s a brief outline of what Viv discusses in the chapter: Ever-Changing Role as Head Teacher With students of all ages having increasingly diverse capabilities and diagnosable mental health disorders; the role of the head teacher has changed significantly. It is now fraught with ambiguity and complexity – head teachers find themselves having to demonstrate expertise as social workers, counsellors, child psychiatrists, politicians and community workers. Much of the head teacher’s everyday life now involves making sense of a myriad of responsibilities – these can range from dealing with the collective emotional fallout from an OFSTED inspection, to the death of a child. Amidst these constant pressures head teachers are expected to demonstrate and maintain high levels of leadership effectiveness and emotional resilience. Whilst help for the strategic and operational sides of the roles may not be in short supply, support to enable head teachers to manage these significant challenges is minimal. Left unmanaged and without proper support structures in place, psychological dissonance becomes the default and individuals’ mental health suffers. The Isolation of School Leadership Notably, Viv explores the isolating impact of headship. Since Head teachers often carry...

Press Release – Book Breaks New Ground on Well-Being in Education

Official Launch – Mental Health and Well-Being in the Learning and Teaching Environment  26th July marked the launch of a paradigm-shifting book which draws on expertise from two previously separate disciplines of education and mental health to consider the relationship between mental health and education in an evidence-based and practice-focused way. It is the first book of its kind to examine the complex problems associated with today’s high-stress, high-emotion learning and teaching environments which affects both learners and leaders of learning alike. It is an important and timely text that offers new hope in tackling the alarming mental health crisis in our schools and colleges. The book bears witness to the fact that with a growing number of students struggling with mental health problems and with schools full of pupils with a wide diversity of abilities, behaviours, needs and diagnosable conditions, teaching and school leadership have become some of the most challenging and stressful jobs imaginable. Crucially, the text also highlights the serious impact which the behaviour of pupils, teacher and school leaders can have on each other. We now understand that relationships in schools are fundamental to intellectual and behavioural growth for pupils and that many significant mental health problems of adults have their origins in childhood. In light of this, it is vital that those in education have all the tools and support necessary to nurture and manage these relationships and are able to fulfil their roles from a place of emotional stability and well-being to empower students upwards. However, emotional support is often not forthcoming and so dealing the challenges of school life can also have a serious psychological impact...