It is our belief that over the last few years, our education system has lost sight of one of its strongest and most important assets – its humanity.
Values more akin to the business world have seeped into the system with schools encouraged to see children as data, other school leaders as competitors and results as the ultimate goal of education. We have seen too many school leaders ‘disappear’ with many being forced out, sometimes on the back of just one disappointing set of results.
Consequently, we’ve noticed a growing culture of fear within in our education system. Increased levels of public scrutiny and personal accountability have only served to intensify this. As have new structures and roles which have added unnecessary layers of complexity and ambiguity. Many heads now feel they are in a constant battle to prove they know what is being asked of them in this new era and prove that they are “good enough.”
To make matters worse, leaders are now expected to “do more with less” and improve their schools with depleting school budgets. They are expected to fill the gaps that social workers and family support systems can no-longer provide (again due to budget cuts). Amidst all these challenges, it appears very little consideration has been given to the impact that these additional expectations and pressures have had upon the mental health and well-being of those who lead our schools.
Therefore, it is no surprise that so many Headteachers find themselves feeling isolated, stressed, exhausted, out of control and plagued with fear and self-doubt. Likewise, it’s also unsurprising that many good Heads are signed off due to burn-out or have decided to leave the profession. The heavy emotional cost of leading being all too great a price to bear.
Something has to change…
We don’t feel this is the way education should be. Something needs to change. The truth is that the system needs to change and we believe that change can start from within – from within those who lead our schools on a daily basis.
We know from the many years that we have spent supporting Heads and school leaders, that you have the power to change your daily experience of school leadership and take back control of your leadership story. We want to support you to do just this.
That’s why we’re hosting our unique “Education for the Soul” conference on Thursday 18th October 2018 designed to help you develop a new and empowered outlook and approach for addressing the many challenges of being a School Leader today. The conference will enable you to write new and inspired chapters for yourself, your school and those you lead.
Our Aims for You
Through the exploration of leadership narrative we aim to provide the space and opportunity for…
Where leaders can be themselves and probe for meaning and purpose amidst the daily challenges of school leadership
Where leaders can deepen their knowledge and get a better understanding of how to harness the power of their own stories to create compelling visions of success for themselves and others
Where leaders can find solutions, practical ideas and suggestions for taking care of the person in the role as they seek to create schools that are aligned to their vision, passion and purpose
Where leaders can share, laugh and have time to talk with others about how to achieve the very best for themselves and those they lead and manage
Featuring expert talks from authors and storytellers such as Jan Blake, Geoff Mead and Belinda Harris, workshops and roundtable discussions, the conference will equip you with the strategies and solutions you need to successfully manage and respond to the complexities and emotional demands of School Leadership.
Why is this Conference Different?
Having worked 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 at the conference we plan to create a safe space and collegial meeting place where you can:
– Talk truthfully and honestly about the challenges of school leadership
– Feel Encouraged and supported to discover ‘the best in themselves’
– Let go of their ‘leadership mask’ and experience what it’s truly like for the ‘person in the role’ to be listened to and taken care of
– Experience the companionship of fellow school leaders in ways which are collegiate and supportive – and see that you’re not alone with the challenges you face.
– Explore how to make lighter the weight of school leadership
What can you expect?
The agenda has been especially designed to provide you a unique opportunity to:
– Challenge the damaging “narratives” in our education system that focus around competitiveness, data and scarcity – and develop a new and empowered outlook to the challenges you face
– Strengthen your confidence, remind yourself of your value as a school leader and the unique strengths and qualities you bring to the role – and how you can put these to best use in your school.
– Understand the stories that have made you the leader you are today, so that you can determine which serve you best and which you may need to be let go of in your current context.
– Re-connect back with the values that guide your leadership, your passion for education, and your purpose for being a school leader.
– Regain ownership and control of your leadership story so that you can lead in a way that is authentic, fulfilling and achieves your unique vision for your school.
The conference is 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
It is our promise to you, that you will leave with…
A renewed sense of hope, direction, purpose and clarity about your vision and how to bring these to life
Immediately applicable solutions and practical tools for improving your school and your experience of school leadership
A greater understanding of how to lead authentically, stay connected to your values and remain true to yourself
A better understanding of how to take care of yourself and develop a good relationship with yourself and those you lead and manage
What were the 3 Key Lessons of “Education for the Soul” 2017?
The day was a very special one indeed, and it was deeply humbling to see so many school leaders drop their leadership masks and come together, in service of one another and in service of shared hopes, dreams and ambitions for our children and our schools.
The conference created a space where discussions about the relationship between well-being and leadership could be held openly and candidly, and real solutions could be found. Above all, the day confirmed three vital lessons that every School Leader should know…
What did those who attended last year’s Conference say?
It was a sincere and honest conference, delivered by real and caring people. It was a real delight and I would say, life-changing.
After today, I feel invigorated, encouraged and fired up to keep going and giving my best.
The space allowed me to reflect, think and make connections, leading to a truly refreshing time.
It was an excellent day. Totally achieved what I feel Viv speaks and leads by – energy, truth and sincerity.
Interested in Exhibiting or Becoming a Partner at “Education for the Soul” 2018?
If you’d like to learn more about sponsoring or exhibiting at “Education for the Soul” 2018, please follow the link below to download our Conference Partnership Pack and to book a call to explore what a great partnership would look like for you and your organisation.