Coaching for CEOs, Headteachers and School Leaders
Coaching for CEOs, Headteachers and School Leaders
As a Headteacher or School Leader, you do an amazing job. Every day, you work hard to create a better future for our children and transform the communities you serve.
This is no small task, particularly in light of current global challenges! In addition, wide-scale policy changes and ever-increasing accountability measures remain endemic within the profession and have only added to the pressures felt by many Headteachers.
Unsurprisingly, this has led to many Headteachers and Senior School Leaders feeling overwhelmed, overburdened and overworked and many are struggling to find ways to cope.
Risks for CEOs, Headteachers and School Leaders
- Mounting stress and accompanying feelings of anxiety and self-doubt
- Feelings of disconnection from their role, vocation and purpose
- A fear of failure and being judged unfairly in a climate of increasingly high accountability and personal scrutiny
- The diminishment of local networks of support and accompanying feelings of loneliness and isolation
- The impact of the pressures of school life on their personal lives and life outside of school
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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 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
What are the benefits of Coaching?
NFER: Mentoring and Coaching for Professionals: A study of research evidence – 2009
Research from this study found that when offered as a support mechanism for School Leaders the following benefits were found to be in evidence.
Support the Well-Being of School Leaders
Coaching supports 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 enabling leaders to reflect on challenges they are facing and how to overcome them. Coaching provides a space where Heads can identify new tools and 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 results 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 ManagementCoaching 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.
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
Integrity Coaching provides the type of services that every School Leader needs; independence, compassionate and understanding: expert coaches who listen to you and work with you in a humane way, to bring to life the particular vision that you have for the staff and pupils in your school.
School Governor, Author & former Children’s Poet Laureate
"What I’ve learnt from being a Headteacher is that the job may not get any easier but what changes is your ability to deal with it and that’s how Integrity Coaching has helped me. The coaching relationship has supported me to better manage and overcome the stresses of School Leadership, particularly when other people are involved. It has helped me become a nicer person to be around in school and my staff have really noticed the difference. I’m also just so much more efficient after coaching, you can just get so much more out of me now. I think that’s played a significant role in contributing to my school’s performance."
“Viv’s vast experience enabled her to analyse our discussions an get to the nuts and bolts of the situation very quickly. I can safely say that Integrity Coaching will meet your specific needs and provide you with the tools to improve, even if practice is already deemed outstanding.”
“My time with Integrity Coaching gave me the environment and space to examine my motivations and my thoughts. They helped me reflect on why I do the things that I do, in the way that I do them. In doing so, they were able to bring me back to what motivated me to do this job in the first place. They showed me how to get back in control, renew my purpose and zeal for my job. I quickly developed more confidence and self-belief and I have since seen the impact it has had on the rest of my school, from my SLT, the children to the governors.”
“Integrity’s coaching allowed me to truly appreciate the importance of leading by example and modelling the self-care that I wanted to see in my team. After Coaching, I began to look after myself more carefully and in doing so, I was able to notice how when I feel better, I’m also able to lead better.”