Coaching & Leadership Development

“Race, Identity and School Leadership” Programme

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A leadership programme for school leaders who want to to create change and new possibilities for future generations

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When the world witnessed the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, race equality and social justice were firmly placed back on the agenda.

The ensuing events in the UK and across the globe demonstrated why there can be no papering over the cracks if the dream of race equality is to become a reality for us all.

Society needs to be transformed and our Headteachers and senior school leaders have a key role to play in its transformation.

Headteachers shape the culture, the vision, the ethos of their schools and hence through their actions, determine what race equality and social justice look like within their own contexts. And so, it is vital school leaders develop the self-awareness, knowledge and competencies to drive this work forward.

This work is challenging work, but it is the right work. As it is only by leaning into the uncomfortable spaces and finding help and support that something new, something better, can be brought to life.

To help leaders in MATs, schools, local authorities and other education bodies who are looking to undertake this important work, we have developed our ‘Race, identity and School Leadership’ Programme.

This programme is designed to bring about long-lasting change and impact whole school leadership learning, policy and practice.

What is the Purpose of the Programme?


The underpinning philosophy of the programme is that of Ubuntu:


“Ubuntu is the essence of being human. We say a person is a person through other persons. We are made for togetherness, to live in a delicate network of interdependence.”

“I need other human beings in order to be human myself. If one person is dehumanised then inexorably we are all diminished and dehumanised in our turn.”

Desmond Tutu

What will the programme provide?


The programme provides supportive and non-judgemental learning environments where school leaders can:

– Develop the agency, confidence and racial literacy necessary to effectively tackle and explore issues around race in their individual school contexts

– Overcome the emotional and psychological barriers associated with discussing race (e.g. fear of making mistakes or causing offence)

– Create and refine personalised strategic approaches to best support the achievement and experience of pupils of different races and backgrounds

– Develop more inclusive and anti-racist school cultures where pupils and staff alike feel listened to and understood

To find out more about our “Race, Identity and School Leadership” Programme, simply click the link above…

Programme Structure


This is a year-long school improvement programme, designed to impact leadership policy and practice. The programme consists of four elements:

– Race Equality Workshops

– Reflective Enquiry Sessions

– Orientation, Introductory and Strategic Reflection Sessions

– Race Literacy Coaching (Optional)

Race Equality Workshops and Reflective Enquiry Sessions


The workshops and enquiry sessions are for senior leaders and are designed to provide a safe space where school leaders can:

– Reflect on personal learning experiences to understand educational implications of race

– Advance their knowledge on key issues and principles of racial equality, race socialisation and social justice

– Create new leadership narratives that can help to shape school culture, climate and ethos

– Learn how to engage in school-wide dialogue that will inform professional practice and impact positively on the lived experiences of all pupils

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Racial Literacy Coaching


We understand how destabilising it can feel internally when you are coming to know yourself differently with regard to race and the need for safe spaces to support this inner growth.

That’s why we also offer Racial Literacy Coaching to provide private non-judgmental space where leaders explore personal challenges, insights, and achievements along the way. This coaching can help leaders to develop:

– Enhanced self-awareness and ability to understand how their own racial identity can positively support this work

– A greater sense of personal fulfilment and confidence when leading on and discussing race with peers and others

– Enhanced understanding of personal strengths and areas for development and how to work with both, for the benefit of self, others and the wider school community

– Better relationships founded on a secure understanding of race dynamic

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Programme Content

Module 1 – Introduction to Race and Identity


What: Introduction Session

By the end of the session individuals will have:

– Begun to prepare emotionally and psychologically for the work ahead

– Considered strategies for staying present in conversations about race and racism

– Explored the emotional and psychological dimensions of race

– Reflected on the dynamics of inter and intra personal relationships

Module 2 – Race and Pedagogy


What: Workshop

By the end of this module, you will have had an opportunity to:

– Explore common social norms and how they impact on our ability to discuss race

– Actively engage in a topic about race and identified key personal and professional learning points

– Increase your ability to feel confident and comfortable when discussing race

Module 3 – Race Talk


What: Reflective Enquiry Session

By the end of the session individuals will have:

– Explored the dimensions of racial literacy

– Increased their own self-awareness re competency development

– Considered professional areas for research

Module 4 – Race and Socialisation


What: Workshop

By the end of the session, individuals will have:

– Explored social norms and their impact on the race socialisation process

– The race socialisation cycle

– Related the race socialisation cycle to individual race narratives

Module 5 – Race Identity Development


What: Reflective Enquiry Session

By the end of the session, individuals will have:

– Explored race identity development

– Considered how the process different for different racial groups

– Reflected on personal implications for professional growth and development

Module 6 – Anti-Racism and Wholeness

: Workshop

By the end of the session, individuals will have:

– Reviewed practices for teacher reflection and their impact on critical race awareness

– Explored the concept of teacher personhood and race

– Considered the relationship between teaching, vocation and race in schools

Module 7 – Anti-Racism and Social Justice


What: Reflective Enquiry Session

By the end of the session, individuals will have:

– Identified steps for embedding learning and best practice

– Explored aspects of liberatory consciousness

– Considered frameworks for pedagogies of social justice

Module 8 – Strategic Reflection


What: Strategic Reflection Session

By the end of the session, individuals will have:

– Shared with peers key learning from professional race research

– Received feedback and identified next steps

– Celebrated their own learning and progress made

To register your interest in our “Race, Identity and School Leadership” Programme, simply click the link below…

About Integrity Coaching

The programme will be delivered by Integrity Coaching. Integrity Coaching is the UK’s leading provider of coaching and leadership development services for Headteachers and senior school leaders.

The programme is led by former Headteacher, Viv Grant who has a wealth of expertise and experience on strategies for developing best race equality practice in schools and raising achievement for Black Caribbean Pupils.

Meanwhile, Viv has also worked as an Education Consultant for the DfE and the former National College on school improvement strategies linked to the achievement of black pupils and has co-authored a considerable amount of related material for past National Strategies.

To register your interest in the programme, simply click the link above…

“If everyone in the community is to flourish and parents are to have the confidence that the school provides an anti-racist environment, it is vital for leaders to be both racially literate and culturally competent. Working on this course is empowering and challenging and gives us a common language for the future.”

 Colette Morris, Headteacher, Christ Church CofE Primary School

Register your interest in our “Race, Identity and School Leadership” Programme


To find out more about our “Race, Identity and School Leadership” Programme, register your interest by following the link below…

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