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

This events of last year demonstrated why there can be no papering over the cracks if the dream of racial equality is to become a reality. Society needs to be transformed and our Headteachers and senior school leaders have a key role to play in this transformation.

Headteachers shape the culture, the vision, the ethos of their schools and hence through their actions, determine what racial equality and social justice look like within their own context. 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 those leaders who are looking to begin this important work, we work with in partnership with MATs, schools, local authorities and other education bodies to deliver 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 with regards to race equality.

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 will provide spaces for school leaders to:

– Identify key principles of racial equality and social justice and what best practice looks like in individual school contexts

– Question and reflect on the prevailing narratives that have shaped the discourse on race and identity and the education of all pupils

– Use a narrative enquiry framework to help school leaders create personal and organisational narratives that support the achievement of pupils of different races and backgrounds

– Develop the necessary psychological and emotional tools for engaging in courageous conversations about race

– Increase their own sense of personal agency and ability to act as an agents of change

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

– Introductory and Final Evaluation Sessions

– 1:1 Executive Coaching (Optional)

Race Equality Workshops


The workshops are for senior leaders and are designed to provide a safe space for sharing, reflecting and developing confidence, understanding and expertise on:

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

– The creation of leadership narratives and how they shape a school culture, climate and ethos

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

Reflective Enquiry and 1:1 Coaching


1: 1 Personalised coaching and reflective enquiry sessions are designed to build upon themes covered in the workshops and provide a safe space for senior leaders to reflect critically as group, in order to help Headteachers and School Leaders to: 

– Extend their thinking around racial equality and social justice

– Explore emotions and overcome personal defence mechanisms

– Rehearse and gain confidence in their ability to talk about race and pupil achievement

Programme Content

Module 1 – Race and Identity


Key Focus: Exploring the narratives that shape our identity, behaviours and our attitudes

What: Race Equality Workshop

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

– Explore how your sense of identity is shaped by inter and intra-personal narrative

– Deepen your levels of self-awareness and understanding

– Identify individual and collective paradigms around race, identity and leadership that need to be addressed.

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

Module 2 – Conversations about Race


Key Focus: How to discuss race in a school setting and stay present to the conversation

What: Reflective Enquiry Session

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 – School Culture & Practices


Key Focus: Identifying practices to keep and those that need to change

What: Race Equality Workshop

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

– Explore the impact of structural conscious and unconscious bias

– Understand deeper the role language and communication play in shaping school culture

– Identify the changes necessary for facilitating organisational change and bringing about greater racial equality and social justice

Module 4 – Colour Blindness


Key focus: Understanding why difference matters

What: Reflective Enquiry Session

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

– Gain a deeper understanding as to why notions of being colour blind hinder race equality initiatives

– Explore how to positively engage and work with racial diversity

– Identify personal, professional and organisational actions necessary for acting with increased awareness around race

Module 5 – Developing an Anti-Racist Identity


Key Focus: Exploring how as leaders we can act as active agents for change

What: Race Equality Workshop

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

– Build a deeper understanding of pedagogical models with which to frame interventions in support of anti-racist policy and practice

– Explore the personal development stages necessary for taking an active anti-racist stance

– Identify personal action steps towards developing a strong anti-racist identity

– Consider how behavioural change can be sustained

Module 6 – Committing to action


Key Focus: Formulating an integrated plan of action

What: Reflective Enquiry Session

By the end of this module, you will be:

– Empowered to act as agents for change, shaping behaviours and attitudes that will impact positively on the achievement of all pupils

– Able to identify the behaviours necessary for ethical action and decision making

– In a position to identify how progress will be sustained and impact measured

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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