I think it is fair to say that as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis, the challenge and complexity of role of a School Leader has grown exponentially.
Every school leader in the country has faced an enormous amount of change; personally and professionally. These are unprecedented times, for which there are no rule or guide-books. Everything has changed!
Relationships with families, pupils and staff have changed. The speed of change has been swift, with little or no time for school leaders to make sense of both the here and now and also what the ‘new order’ might bring.
Whilst many Heads are doing their best in an impossible situation, many are struggling to navigate the uncertainty that has accompanied this global pandemic.
The old norms have been stripped away and this can lead to feelings of discomfort, disorientation and anxiety about the current situation in which we have found ourselves. This situation has further exacerbated feelings of overwhelm, isolation and stress that prior to the pandemic, were already prevalent in the teaching profession.
All we do know with any degree of certainty – is that for now, this is our new normal and it will require huge amounts of resilience, courage and flexibility to navigate these perilous times.
Therefore, this is a time when we need to be deliberate in pressing the pause button to find time to reflect. This is a time, when different types of conversation and leadership support are needed.
It is a time when we can be explicit and openly address the fact that we are all in a time of transition. A time that requires open and honest discussion about what this period signifies for and collectively, how we can assist each other to find a way through to the other side.
In order for school leaders to be able to navigate through this time successfully, it is important that they are offered support that will help them address the emotional and psychological fallout from this pandemic. At times like this, they need safe relational spaces to explore, question and reflect on how events are impacting on them, on others and their school.
A new type of support
It is for these reasons that we would like to invite every school leader to join us for our “Staying Connected” Leadership Programme that has been designed to help Heads navigate these unprecedented times, so that they can come out stronger and wiser on the other side.
This new eight week online programme has been developed to help leaders address the personal and professional challenges that have arisen from this current crisis. It will also consider the type of leadership needed for these times.
This programme aims to provide safe online spaces where school leaders can:
– Stay connected and in relationship with fellow Heads whilst social distancing measures remain in place
– Be a part of in-depth discussions around what matters most, as schools seek to navigate their way through this crisis
– Identify meaningful solutions for addressing the unique challenges that have arisen for school leaders during this time
– Strengthen their own personal and professional resources for remaining well and focused on their sense of vocation and purpose
The programme will consist of three elements:
– 4 x ZOOM Masterclass Discussions: These involve thought leaders from the education sector and beyond on topics pertinent to the current issues leaders are now facing.
– 4 x Group Coaching Circles: These sessions are so that Heads can find support, stay connected with other Heads and share expertise through these challenging and uncertain times.
– Online Leadership Community and Resources: leaders will have access to various online leadership resources and the option to join an online community of support.
If you would like to find out more about the programme, please follow the link below…