Coaching & Leadership Development

Free School Leadership Resources

All the School Leadership and Well-being resources on this page are FREE for you to download.


The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Head Teachers


If you are familiar with the work of Stephen Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, you will know his well- known phrase ‘begin with the end in mind.’

Download our FREE PDF to uncover the seven habits that school leaders need to adopt so that they can successfully ‘begin with the end in mind’ and achieve the outcome they desire for themselves and their schools.

If you’d like to download the guide, please follow the link below…

Our Complete Guide to Work-Life Balance

As a Headteacher, it’s incredibly easy to lose yourself in the role to the point that your private life simply drops off the schedule as you work on autopilot, just getting through the day.

But this is dangerous, not only for your health and your relationships, but for your school life too. As when we begin to neglect our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs, our ability to meet the needs of others can also be affected and we can find leadership begins to feel (if not become) unsustainable.

Particularly, given the challenges of school leadership today, I believe it is therefore vital our leaders devote equal time and care into their personal lives and their professional lives, and establish a work-life balance that works for them and allows them to continue to lead and inspire in their schools.

If you’d like to download the guide, please follow the link below…

“Staying A Head” – Inspiration Calendar Cards

As a school leader, you do an amazing job! Every day you invest enormous amounts of time, energy, passion and commitment – seeking to create better futures for our children and the communities you serve.

It isn’t easy and sometimes support and encouragement can feel in short supply. That is why we developed these twelve inspiration calendar cards (one for each month) – for those moments when you need a little inspiration in your day and to help you stop, pause and reflect. It’s entirely up to you how you use the cards; pin them up on your board, look at one on the first day of each month, use them as book marks or coasters for your tea or coffee! It’s your choice.

If you’d like to download these calendar cards, please follow the link below…

Free Chapter from My Book “Staying A Head”


Discover why the meeting of your emotional needs are central to your success as a school leader in the first chapter of my book “Staying A Head – Stress Management Secrets of Successful School Leaders”.

Among others, in the chapter you will find answers to the questions such as: 1) What are our basic emotional needs? 2) Why do school leaders need to have their emotional needs met? 3) What are the consequences of unmet emotional needs? 4) What role does empathic listening play in meeting emotional needs?

If you’d like to download this free chapter, please follow the link below…

Developing a Coaching Culture

There seems to be a lot of buzz around coaching at the moment and for good reason. Coaching is a great tool for getting the best out of others and in the school environment can complement a wide range of people management processes.

If you are in the early stages of considering how to develop a coaching culture in your school, then this resource from our 4 Day Coaching Programme may be useful for you.

If you’d like to download the guide, please follow the link below…

Keeping our Heads – How to support, nurture and inspire healthy leaders within education

This White Paper written by Viv Grant and Mike Tull, explores the true nature of Leadership within schools with specific reference to the expectations, requirements, responsibilities and realities of the role of Headship.

It also closely examines the impact these factors have on the wellbeing and effectiveness of those employed to lead our schools.

Above all, this white paper provides an accurate understanding of the full support needs of Head teachers that must be met if Headteachers are to maintain their well-being and they can deliver on what is expected of them and in doing so, fulfil society’s hope and dreams our future generations.

If you’d like to download this white paper, please follow the link below…

Sustaining a Vital Profession – Research Report into the Impact of Coaching

After 18 months of research and evaluation, in January 2020, Leeds Beckett University published their long-awaited research report into the impact of leadership coaching in schools.

The research is the first of its academic research of its kind to explore the relationship between coaching, wellbeing and leadership effectiveness amongst senior school leaders.

As part of this, the report shines light on the common emotional and psychological challenges of Headship, and the impact these can have on our Headteachers and School Leaders.

On top of this, the research report also plots a path forward and highlights the crucial role coaching can play in our schools.

If you’d like to download the full report, please follow the link below…

Headteacher Recruitment and Retention

– Ending the Crisis


Over the last few years, the pressures and challenges of School Leader have increased substantially and this in turn, has had a significant impact on the recruitment and retention of School Leaders.

According to three Educational Leadership organisations, schools are increasingly struggling to retain Heads, with many growing numbers of Heads leaving the profession due to stress, burn-out and the support from within the profession.

Meanwhile, many potential Headteachers are increasingly put off by the conditions in which Heads now have to operate. As it stands, English Schools are currently may face a shortage of up to 19,000 Heads by 2022. This discussion paper is a response to this Head teacher recruitment and retention crisis an seeks to argue that for lasting solutions to be found to support leaders to deal effectively with the immense challenges of the role.

If you’d like to download this white paper, please follow the link below…

How to Overcome the Fear of Stepping into a New Role

Change is never easy. Taking on a new role can be one of the biggest challenges of any person’s career. Particularly when stepping into a senior leadership position. If you feel a little fearful…that’s OK.

It’s a signal that you are human and that you care deeply about the role that you are stepping into. Download our FREE PDF to uncover the steps for successfully managing your fear and stepping confidently into your new post.

If you’d like to download the guide, please follow the link below…

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