Coaching for School Leaders
As a school leader, you do an amazing job! Everyday you work hard to create a better future for our children and transform the communities you serve.
This has never been a small task. However, over the last few years, the conditions in the profession have increased the demands on you and your fellow school leaders. Wide-scale policy changes, new accountability measures in our schools and an ever-growing workload, means you are expected to lead your school under a unique set of emotional and psychological challenges and pressures.
In light of these new pressures and changes, we believe it is more important than ever that our school leaders are provided with the proper emotional, operational and strategic support in their roles. We believe that leadership coaching is a powerful way to do this as it helps you to:
– Sustain high levels of personal performance.
– Stay motivated and connected to your passion and values.
– Deliver the best possible outcomes for your pupils.
What is School Leadership Coaching?
Our coaching seeks to provide you with a regular opportunity to explore the issues of importance to you and your school. It aims to create a safe, confidential space where you can:
– Reflect upon and develop your leadership practice, your behaviours and beliefs
– Share your thoughts, worries and concerns
– Explore what you want out of life as a school leader
What are the benefits of Coaching?
The answer to this question can be found in research conducted by the NFER: Mentoring and Coaching for Professionals: A study of research evidence – 2009.
Their research found that when offered as a support mechanism for school leaders the following benefits were found to be in evidence…
Supports the Well-Being of School Leaders
Coaching support the psychological well-being and confidence of School leaders. Headship can be professionally isolating and so school leaders need opportunities where they can explore the challenges of the role, be listened to and identify solutions that can best support them in their role. Above all, a happy and healthy school leader leads to a happy and healthy school.
Enhances Leadership Skills
Coaching deepens leadership knowledge, skills and practice and develops leaders’ problem solving and creativity. As a result, time is used more productively for overcoming complex challenges and school improvement initiatives are able to make greater impact.
Increased Emotional Resilience
Coaching helps to build the emotional resilience of School Leaders by helping leaders to reflect on challenges they are facing and helping to overcome them. Coaching provides a space where Heads can identify new tools, ways of thinking and being that will better equip them for facing and dealing with crises and struggles when they arise.
Develops Self-Awareness and Self-Management
Coaching enhances leaders’ reflection and thinking skills and allows Heads to become more self-aware and better at self -management. This resulting in leaders who know how to build on their strengths and address areas for development in themselves. Leaders are then able to transfer this learning to deal more successfully with others.
Improves Communication and Relationship Management
Coaching has been shown to help build Heads’ communication and relationship management skills. After coaching, Heads feel more able to handle difficult conversations which helps to reduce conflict and promotes greater harmony across all relationships.
What to Expect
We know that you wouldn’t be where you are now if you didn’t have the capabilities to lead your school. That’s why we will never try to tell you how you should lead your school.
Instead, through our coaching processes, we seek to help you develop your own strategies for leading and succeeding as a school leader.
Our Hope for You
We want you to embrace Headship in a way that allows for both your personal and professional needs to be fully met as a Human Being as above all, we want you to flourish!
After coaching with us, we hope you will feel valued, uplifted and inspired to continue creating better futures for our children.
Our goal is to help you excel in overcoming the challenges of school leadership and to keep hold of your humanity, joy and love for the profession. To achieve that we:
– Start where you are.
–Identify where you want to get to.
– Help you identify patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that may be limiting your progress.
–Empower you to be courageous and develop the personal and professional tools needed for success.
– Help you celebrate your strengths and everything positive that you bring to your leadership journey.
If you’d like to learn how coaching supports sustainable and effective leadership in schools, follow the link below to read Leeds Beckett University Research report into the impact of our coaching services.
How do our Coaching Processes work?
All our coaching processes are bespoke, personalised and focus on four key areas to help you to uncover the tools that you need for building excellence in yourself and others…
Achieving clarity about what you want for yourself and your school
Strengthening your moral purpose and ability to make the right (and sometimes tough) choices
Creating positive beliefs about what can be achieved, to help realise your own strengths and capabilities
Embedding new behaviours to support the development of excellence in yourself and others
A Free 30 minute “Coaching for the Soul” Call with Viv Grant
It’s always good to talk. This call will provide you a confidential, safe, non–judgemental space to spend 30 minutes discussing how you can:
– Achieve a greater sense of clarity about your direction as a school leader
– Gain a clearer perspective on any challenges that you may be facing
– Identify positive steps for moving forward
Simply follow the link below, fill in the form and then we’ll be in touch to organise a time suitable for you.
Book a Discovery Session. The session will allows us to explore the areas you want to develop in greater detail and to give you the opportunity to experience what a coaching relationship looks and feels like. It will help you to identify what you are hoping to gain from coaching and your initial steps for getting there.
Above all, a discovery session is designed to help you to…
– Gain a better understanding of your current context
– Explore how you would like things to be
– Identify what’s getting in the way
– Begin to explore solutions for moving forward
6-10 Coaching Sessions
These sessions are:
– Bespoke, confidential and empowering
– Focused on achieving your goals to secure success for you and your school
– About promoting your personal and professional development
– In alignment with areas you have identified for development
– Concerned with helping you develop resilience and heightened levels of emotional literacy
Developing Excellence in others
We know that coaching is a great tool for building excellence in others. Once you have completed your coaching, we will share with you our range of accredited services to help you grow and build a culture of excellence across your school.
Our clients are typically head teachers and school leaders with great vision, great passion and great commitment. They don’t see them- selves as being super heroes. They recognise their own humanity and seek to lead fulfilled lives not only as school leaders, but as mothers, fathers and partners. They are individuals who are learning not to see worry and self doubt as signs of weakness, but simply as expressions of their own human need to have a safe space to be valued and listened to.
In addition, what sets or clients apart is that they are leaders who are eager to grow themselves, so that they in turn can become better at growing others. They savour having brave and courageous coaching conversations, because they understand the role these conversations play in helping them to ‘dare greatly’ and achieve great things for our children.
“All Head Teachers need a confidential and trusted space in which to talk through the challenges of school leadership and arrive at their own solutions. Integrity Coaching provide this service and so much more.”Jas Kalra-Phull
“Integrity Coaching has been significant in helping me make the decision to dedicate time to myself as well as my demanding role. The 1:1 sessions are excellent in allowing you the space and safety to reflect openly and honestly”Patrick Cozier
“I am energised, confident and committed to using and promoting coaching with my staff team. It was a great privilege to work with Integrity Coaching; an experience I will always be grateful for and will never forget.”Ann Dwulit