Coaching & Leadership Development

“Education for the Soul” Conference

Aligning School Improvement with What Matters Most

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 The Workshop and Talks


“Education for the Soul” 2017 hosted a series of workshop and keynotes, centred around the themes of authentic leadership, school improvement, well-being, resilience and values-based education.


The Keynotes


Education for the Soul featured keynotes from two of the foremost experts on Well-being and Value-Based Education.


The Inner Curriculum


Speaker – Neil Hawkes


Talk Time – 10:15 – 11:15



Neil aimed to inspire the audience to adopt the tenets and principles of values-based education (VbE) as the template for encouraging outstanding leadership in their schools. Values-based education encourages the development of self-leadership in adults and children. Such dynamic, soul-led leadership looks to fill our existential vacuum with meaning and purpose driven by integrity, sourced from positive human values.


The talk was designed so that those who attended would leave having an understanding about the essence of VbE and its key elements of: authentic modelling; its inner curriculum; reflective practices; unique atmosphere; explicit experiential curriculum; empowering leadership and ethical vocabulary.


In his talk, Neil tried to exemplify what he was explaining by drawing on heart-lifting examples from schools around the world that have adopted VbE.

The Ten Essential Keys to Happiness


Speaker – Vanessa King


Talk Time – 3:30 – 4:15




There is growing scientific evidence on the essential ingredients for feeling good and functioning well and why these matter for us as individuals and collectively.


In this engaging and interactive session author, psychologist and Board Member of Action for Happiness, Vanessa King will share the evidence-based 10 Keys to Happier Living and help us to try out some practical tools we can take away to use personally to maintain and increase our wellbeing and resilience and that could inspire us in our work with children and in creating happier school environments.



The Workshops


The day also featured several workshops aimed at offering interactive opportunities for leaders to learn important leadership tools and exploring some of the most important issues in education today.

Leading others effectively – technique vs identity and integrity


Facilitator – Steve Russell


Workshop Times: 11.30 – 12.45  & 1.45 – 3.00



To paraphrase Parker Palmer, ‘Good leadership does not come from technique. Good leadership comes from the identity and integrity of the leader’.

This session explored ideas enabling participants to gain a better understand as to what makes them ‘tick’ as leaders. The focus was on identifying strengths, as well as potential ‘Achilles’ Heels’ when it comes to balancing both structure and nurture for those being led. The main material came from the Functional Fluency model, offering useful insights into ways we can reduce our reactivity and increase our response-ability as leaders.


What were the aims of this workshop?


The workshop was designed to offer those who attend an opportunity to…

– Become familiar with the main components of the Functional Fluency model, with a particular focus upon effectively balancing structure and nurture when being in charge of others.

– Practical ways to channel energy into structuring rather than dominating and nurturing rather than marshmallowing others.

– Consider implications of this for our own wellbeing.

– To identify existing strengths of your leadership style using the Functional Fluency framework.

– Explore the relationship between stress/pressure and the different behavioural modes



Building hope together: The Resilient Senior Leadership Team


Facilitator – Dr Ogugua Okolo-Angus


Workshop Times: 11.30 – 12.45  & 1.45 – 3.00



Becoming a resilient school leader is now more than ever one of the essential key drivers for enabling the whole school community to thrive during such turbulence our current education system in England.  Developing resilience skills requires a confident, competent approach to ’weathering any storm’ for all school leaders at any level.

This leads to the embedding of a culture of high expectations and an ambitious drive in seeing ‘obstacles as only challenges’ to overcome. This workshop explicitly provided some proven strategies for developing resilient leaders who can still retain their authenticity as leaders.

It also offered delegates a creative and practical forum for developing team resilience habits that once implemented become embedded and sustained later in the future.


What were the aims of this workshop?


The aim of the workshop was for delegates to develop an understanding resilient leadership and its practical application in schools. The workshop tried to enable all leaders to understand:

– The rationale that underpins a resilient school culture that leads to improved outcomes for learners

– The approach to developing resilient leaders in schools Practical strategies for developing team resilience skills

– An effective approach to measuring the impact of a resilient school culture

At the end of the session, Ogugua hoped that delegates would be better equipped with strategies for developing and maintaining their resilience, whilst remaining as strong moral leaders who can develop pupils’ resilience to improve outcomes.



From my heart: Transforming lives through values


Facilitators – Neil and Jane Hawkes


Workshop Times: 11.30 – 12.45  & 1.45 – 3.00



This experiential workshop was led by Jane and Neil Hawkes and creatively explored The Inner Curriculum, which is about the inner world of thoughts, feelings and emotions. empowers Self-energy – the source of wisdom, courage, creativity compassion love and peace.


What were the aims of this workshop?


The workshop was designed to offer those attend an opportunity to…

– Experience and understand the importance of the Inner Curriculum and values-based education.

– See how the Inner Curriculum is nourished in schools and supports mental well-being and resilience.

– For those who attend to experience reflective practice and hear about its link to inter-personal neurobiology.

– Connect with their authentic selves and release the innate essence of calm, courage, creativity, courage and compassionate.

– Experience the transformational properties of reflective practice.

– To take away some practical ideas that delegates could implement in their own lives and at work.



Because Everyone Matters: Well-being and School Improvement


Facilitator – Alison Kriel


Workshop Times: 11.30 – 12.45  & 1.45 – 3.00




Session overview:


This experiential workshop was led by Alison Kriel, former Head of Northwold Primary school, looked at practical strategies that school leaders can deploy to promote and develop a culture of well-being within their school.

Alison also explored why nurturing one’s vision and remaining true to oneself is integral to professional resilience, well-being and school performance.


What were the aims of this workshop?


In this workshop, Alison explored a number of themes including…


– What it means to remain true to one’s vision

– The impact on wellbeing in remaining authentic

– Walking with the stars – working collaboratively

– Courageous leadership

– One’s responsibility as a School Leader




Join us as we explore how we explore new ways of leading in Education today…


If you’d like to transform your daily reality of school leadership and develop new tools which will support you in your role, please follow the link below to pre-register for tickets to “Education for the Soul” 2018 today!