On 17th October 2019, we hosted our 3rd “Education for the Soul” Conference. This event was for Headteachers and School Leaders and focused on the theme of “Inspiring Authentic School Leadership”.
This was partly in response to the considerable changes that have taken place in our education system.
Over the last few years, we’ve seen values more akin to the business world have had a significant impact on the policies and practices in our schools today. This has been in part, due to the de-centralisation of educational provision and an increase in the delegation of power to schools. As a result, teachers and school leaders have had to find ways to marry their principles to a system operating with values opposed to their own.
Meanwhile, shrinking budgets, growing workloads and rising personal accountability, have served to exacerbate the situation. As a result, our schools have lost some great teachers and school leaders from the profession.
That’s why we hosted the Conference, to help leaders embrace their unique leadership approach, one that is authentic and supportive of their values.
What happened on the day?
Featuring expert talks from authors and storytellers such as Lemn Sissay, Kevin Graal and James Pope, the conference explored what authenticity means in the life of a school leader today and how leaders can stay true to themselves, their values, passion and purpose.
We know that great leadership comes from the heart. That is why this Conference focused on the theme of “Inspiring Authentic School Leadership”.
We believe the conference showed that leadership is not just a matter of technique or style. Instead, it stems from the identity and integrity of every individual who has chosen to take on the mantle of school leadership.
Integrity Coaching knows that school leaders are driven from within, not by data, numbers or spreadsheets.
Building an authentic approach to school leadership is vital for leaders to survive and thrive. They need to be supported to develop leadership practices that will sustain them for the long-haul.
To facilitate this, the Conference provided a safe space, away from school to enable them to explore what authentic leadership meant to them.
Why are these Conferences Different?
Having worked for many years with school leaders in close personal settings, we know that the most valuable and empowering conversations often happen in nurturing and supportive environments.
That’s why this conference created a safe and collegial meeting space where school leaders could:
– Talk truthfully and honestly about the unique challenges facing them and the impact of leading in our schools today
– Share experience and expertise with fellow like-minded school leaders
– Reflect on their personal leadership journey and how this has informed the leader they are today
– Feel encouraged and empowered to respond to the issues they face
– Explore and be challenged to consider new perspectives and solutions that could transform their daily reality of school life
Why did we host this conference?
We hosted this conference to support School Leaders to:
– Increase their understanding about what it means to lead with authenticity and courage in the context of school leadership today
– Challenge the many damaging expectations and narratives that surround school leadership and help leaders mitigate their often corrosive impact
– Strengthen indivduals’ belief in their own leadership approach so that they can lead in ways that are aligned to who they are and what they stand for
– Bolster confidence on a personal and professional level – reminding individuals of their value as school leaders, the unique strengths and qualities they bring to the role and how they can put these to best use in their schools.
– Foster a deep re-connection with individuals’ original purpose and motivation for leading in education, so that amidst the challenges of school leadership, they can maintain their ability to lead and inspire others.
The conference was for all those who passionately want to bring humanity back into school leadership, including but not limited to…
• Executive Head teachers • Academy CEOs • Head teachers & Principals
• Deputies & Vice Principals • Assistant Head Teachers • Chair of Governors
What did the Conference Offer?
Through the exploration of authentic leadership, the day provided a space and opportunity for…
Where leaders could be themselves and probe for meaning and purpose amidst the daily challenges of school leadership
Where leaders could deepen their knowledge and gain a better understanding of how to use their own unique set of skills and traits to create compelling visions of success for themselves and others
Where leaders could find solutions, practical ideas and suggestions for taking themselves and their schools forward in the coming year
Where leaders could share, laugh and have time to talk with others about how to achieve the very best for themselves and those they lead and manage
What I discovered at
“Education for the Soul” Conference 2019
On Thursday 17th October 2019, we hosted our third ‘Education for the Soul’ conference.
As I shared with delegates on the day; in 2016, when we hosted our very first conference, I was somewhat fearful and unsure whether we could create an environment in which Heads and school leaders could;
– Safely let go of their leadership masks?
– Allow themselves to be nurtured from the inside out?
– Experience a space similar to that which is created in our one-to-one coaching sessions?
– Be shielded from ego politics and competition?
– Step out from behind personal defences and quietly and simply say, ‘I am here to be seen’?
After this third conference, I am no longer afraid. I know that the answer to these questions is a simple ‘Yes’. Here’s why…
What have those who attended our “Education for the Soul” Conference say?
It was an amazing experience and so good for the soul…
The conference thoroughly exceeded my expectations – great structure and quality content. It really challenged my thinking.
The day provided me with a fantastic opportunity to think about what I really stand for, reassess my values and how I can be an authentic leader…
I feel like my soul has been nurtured. It’s just invaluable to start to feel again that education is not about competition, it’s about compassion.
Interested in becoming an “Education for the Soul” Partner?
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