“Developing Headspace” Programme
A year-long professional wellbeing and support programme for Headteachers
Next cohort commences in early May 2020 – London and Suffolk
We are now accepting applications for the next 2019/2020 cohort which commences in April 2020
The “Developing Headspace” programme is a year-long professional well-being and support programme for Headteachers, Executive Headteachers and MAT CEOs.
It has been designed to support and enhance individuals’ capacity for authentic, inspiring and sustainable leadership.
It offers a regular, reflective space for leaders to renew perspective, think strategically and refresh the vitality of their core purpose.
Spread across three school terms, the programme includes a range of activities designed to provide on-going care, support and encouragement for leaders across the school year.
The programme aims to support school leaders in 5 key areas…
Vision: The programme uses processes and activities to help individuals stay anchored to their vision and purpose for leading in education.
Values: Participants are supported to identify ways of leading and managing themselves can that increase alignment with who they are and their key values.
Resilience: The programme aims to help participants to build a greater understanding of how they respond to stress. Individuals are supported to develop greater emotional, psychological and vocational resilience.
A Values Network: The programme design facilitates the development of supportive and collaborative relationships with like-minded colleagues.
Confidence: The programme helps individuals grow their self-awareness and an appreciation of their core strengths and unique gifts.
The Developing Headspace Programme consists of four elements:
1. A two day “Transforming Leadership” Residential
2. Bespoke 1:1 coaching calls
3. A “Review and Reflect” session
4. A group Nurture Meal
Transforming Leadership Residential
The programme begins with our two day Transforming Leadership Residential, set in a beautiful location in the Suffolk countryside. It is designed to lay the foundations for the programme, by helping participants gain clarity on their current situation, what they want to achieve over the year and build relationships with their fellow participants.
Dates: 1st-2nd May 2020
Review and Reflect Session
This mid-programme session takes place in the months preceding the residential. This is an interactive session designed to offer participants a much needed opportunity to take a step back from the busyness of school life. It is a chance to reflect on progress, build on the outcomes and delve deeper into the key themes that came out of the Transforming Leadership Residential.
Date: 11th September 2020
1:1 Bespoke Coaching Calls
It is our belief that 1:1 coaching is a vital form of support to help leaders effectively manage the demands and pressures that are placed on their shoulders. That’s why participants receive two Bespoke Coaching Calls to provide a confidential space where they can explore their fears, concerns and the challenges they face over the school year.
To take place at agreed times over the school academic year.
Group Nurture Meals
The Group Nurture Meal takes place at the end of the programme and is designed to give Heads another opportunity to come together as the programme draws to a close. The meal seeks to create a relaxed space where Heads can strengthen the relationships they have built over the year, revisit lessons learned and plot next steps.
Date: 25th March 2021
Accommodation and Meals: As part of the programme cost, accommodation at a Bed and Breakfast for the residential will be provided by Integrity Coaching. We will make all arrangements for your meals throughout your stay.
Bespoke Resources: You will receive free leadership think pieces and a reflective journal to complement the programme content and support your development.
Price: £975 + VAT (or £325+VAT per term)
“The programme offers a safe environment to be honest with yourself about your Leadership journey. It gives you space both physically and mentally to think, reflect, be vulnerable, and replenish your sense of purpose. It has been invaluable to my leadership potential.”Helen King
A renewed sense of self, vigour and passion for your role
A deeper understanding of how to maintain a strong and courageous outlook
Personal insight about who you are as a leader and how to utilise your strengths
Giles has a background as a teacher in mainstream and specialist contexts. He spent most of his leadership experience as head of support services in a south London authority. This involved establishing provision for children excluded from schools and in-school practice for students with additional and special educational needs. Fifteen years ago he began training in transactional analysis. He is now a training and supervising transactional analyst in the field of education.
Giles is especially interested in the relational aspects of leading in learning and developing values-based approaches to creating school culture. He enjoys teaching, spends much of his time training school staff and getting alongside teachers in classrooms. Giles writes on a range of themes about learning, schooling and what it’s like to teach. Outside of working in schools he runs a small farm in east Suffolk.
Viv has been in the education profession for over thirty years. She is a former primary head teacher and seventeen years ago was one of the youngest heads in the country to turn around a failing primary school.
She has been a lead trainer and consultant for a number of educational training bodies, including the Department for Education, the National College,The London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education and the NUT. She was a contributing author to the 2011 publication Mentoring and Coaching in schools and in 2014 published her first book, “Staying A Head: The Stress Management Secrets of Successful School Leaders.”
She has written for the Guardian and appeared on TV, BBC Radio London and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s hour, talking about her work and the role coaching plays in helping school leaders to excel.
Find out more about our “Developing Headspace” programme…
There are a number of components to our ‘Developing Headspace’ Programme. All of which are designed to help support and enhance Headteachers’ capacity for authentic, inspiring and sustainable leadership. To find out more about the whole programme, simply click on the button below to download the ‘Developing Headspace’ brochure.