Coaching & Leadership Development

“Education for the Soul” Conference 2019

Inspiring Authentic School Leadership

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The Keynotes


“Education for the Soul” Conference 2019 featured keynote speakers and Storytellers from some of the foremost thinkers in the fields of well-being, resilience and authenticity.

Talk Overview


Lemn’s keynote explored the role that school leaders can play in the lives of young people, and the importance of being surrounded by adults who love and care for our children. He shared some of his poems relating to the experiences he had growing up as a child in care, and what his experience has taught him about values, well-being and authenticity.



Talk Overview


Mac’s talk took us deep into the heart of these extraordinary times – and sought to help us to understand the paths that authentic leaders must travel in order to fulfil their purpose.

Around the world, and sometimes at great cost, there are people who have found their true vocation in times of challenge, disruption and turbulence. These are leaders of vision, courage, discernment, and compassion. They set the standard for what authentic leadership truly means.

They are exemplars of what it means to act for the greater good; to be generous and big hearted. They show us the type of leadership required for creating a future fit for the children and young people we seek to educate.



Talk Overview


How can leaders guide the way when the way is shrouded in doubt? How can leaders inspire belief in others when they themselves begin to disbelieve?

Drawing on a deep well of philosophical tales from around the world, Kevin Graal’s closing key-note lifted spirits and sent delegates away with a renewed sense of purpose.

The Workshops


The day also featured several workshops aimed at offering interactive opportunities for leaders to learn important leadership tools and explore some of the most important professional issues facing school leaders today.


Workshop Overview


In this workshop, Tim explored the four primary emotions: anger, fear, sadness and joy, how they affect us and how they manifest in our schools.

He shared some psychological insights and principles from Transactional Analysis (TA), originated and developed by Eric Berne et al, to help leaders understand and communicate more clearly about their own and each other’s feelings.

Tim also discussed how this understanding can help us with the task of developing a healthy emotional environment for learning. As part of this, he explored questions like:

– Is there any room for anger in your school?

– Who is afraid? Of whom, or what? How much of the time?

– How many individuals in your school do you think are grieving some kind of loss?

– How often do you, your staff and pupils experience sheer joy?

– If everyone in our schools could truly understand the impact of their own and each other’s feelings on their behaviour and relationships, what difference would it make?


What were the aims of the session?


– Feeling comfortable and safe talking authentically about strong feelings

– Taking full account of their impact on ourselves, our work and those we care for

– Understanding a little better how they work and how they can be expressed healthily and unhealthily

– Expanding one’s vocabulary and the emotional literacy of our communities

– Exploring implications for leadership goals and powerful learning in schools


What were the themes of this Workshop?


– How the four primary emotions relate to past, present and future experiences

– How we experience them in different ego states: Parent, Adult and Child

– How to distinguish ‘authentic’ from ‘ulterior’ communications

– How ‘getting closure’ works, with powerful feelings that otherwise remain unresolved

– How emotion and learning relate to each other

– What a healthy emotional environment for learning looks and feels like.



Workshop Overview


This was a practical workshop where leaders were expected to share and work alongside other delegates. A chance to be honest and reflective about how they are and what they do to support their wellbeing.

This session also aimed to give leaders time to reflect, a space to think and an opportunity to make a plan.


What were the aims of the session?


– To help leaders recognise their energy levels

– To reflect on leaders’ resilience and to recognise when they might be in coping state

– To understand practical ways in which they can boost their wellbeing, build energy and leverage potential.


What were the themes of this Workshop?


– Understanding the resilience dynamic

– Wellbeing in our lives

– Energy sappers and energy developers



Workshop Overview


Drawing on Judi’s experience as a coach and mindfulness teacher and as well as the vast pool of research undertaken into wellbeing, this session sought to explore how leaders can utilise their unique gifts, so that they can lead others and live the purpose, vision and values of their schools.

As part of this, the session explored how leaders can grow their own self-awareness, self-regulation and learn to let go of that which holds them back.


What were the Aims of the Session?


– To identity unique gifts and how these can help us to lead authentically
– To draw on scientific research about authenticity and wellbeing
– To share growing knowledge to support oneself and others.


What were the Themes of the Workshop?


– Building Self-knowledge

– Understanding how we think, feel and behave – and how this impacts others.

– Finding the courage to change

– Defining and redefining our daily experience

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 support you in your role, please follow the link below to pre-register for “Education for the Soul” 2020 today!


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