Coaching & Leadership Development

Free 1:1 MAT Executive Leadership Sessions

These free sessions are designed to provide a strategic space for Executive MAT leaders to reflect on challenges, identify solutions and plot next steps to move themselves and their schools forward.

There are currently slots available for 1:1 MAT Executive Leadership Sessions over the coming weeks. To schedule yours, please fill in the form found below.

Even at the best of times, MATs face a number of issues as they seek to raise and maintain standards across their family of schools.

In my experience, challenges typically centre around relationships, people management and harnessing experience and skills within their team for the collective good.

However, the COVID-19 outbreak has presented MAT CEO’s with an unprecedented array of challenges. The implications of which are far-reaching and will have transformed most aspects of academy life.

Consequently, for many, this period of intense transition and uncertainty has been characterised by feelings of anxiety, doubt and worry. The impact of which is still very much in evidence across all levels of our school communities.

Whilst staff navigate new ways of working and indeed new relationships with one another, attention still needs to be given to new systems, roles, policies and practices that will shape the ‘new normal’.

Amidst all of this, what mustn’t be forgotten is that Executive Leadership in these times has been traumatic for many. Many a CEO has had to had to carry a huge emotional weight and work extended hours to ensure that no stone had been left unturned. It has not been easy.

Time to properly process, unpick and formulate a strategic response to the wide range of issues that have arisen has been in short supply.

Executive Leaders need time to consider the impact this crisis has had across their communities, so they can reflect in depth on the foundations that need to be put in place to support their leaders, staff and pupils alike when they return in September.

For this reason, we are now offering free 3o minute 1:1 MAT Executive Leadership Sessions to support MAT CEO’s.

If you would be interested in having a Free 1:1 MAT Executive Leadership Session, please complete the form below…



These sessions are to assist CEO’s in reflecting on:

– The changes to their role brought about by this pandemic

– The way in which relationships and team dynamics have altered

– Their own wellbeing needs within the context of meeting the wider well-being needs of their MAT community

– New ways of working and internal system change that will be needed to accommodate life in the ‘new normal’

– Changed priorities at both a personal/professional and organisational level



Individuals will benefit from: 

– Having a dedicated space to reflect on matters of greatest importance at this time

 – Developing deeper insight into the impact and key learnings from the last few months, personally and professionally

– Finding solutions to fit your current context and challenges faced

 – Building a greater understanding of your own support and well-being needs

– Identifying the best strategies for reconnecting with colleagues and the wider community

What would I get from a 1:1 MAT Executive Leadership Session?



The session provides a highly confidential space for you to share openly and honestly your thoughts and reflections



Identify the steps that you can take to bring about positive change




The support and encouragement you need to help you overcome the issues you are facing




Create a sense of clarity about what the steps you need to take in the months ahead

About Viv Grant


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.

Now as an Executive Coach and Director of Integrity Coaching, Viv works daily with others who have taken on the mantle of school leadership. As a result, Viv understands more than most what it takes for school leaders to overcome the often deep, hidden, inner struggles of school leadership and to succeed in fulfilling their vision for themselves and their schools.

“Viv helped me reflect on why I do the things that I do, in the way that I do them. In doing so, she was able to bring me back to what motivated me to do this job in the first place.”

“Viv’s vast experience enabled her to analyse our discussions and get to the nuts and bolts of the situation very quickly”