Developing Headspace Programme –
“Review and Reflect” Sessions
Spring Term – TBC – London
In the frenetic life of a school leader, time and space are increasingly rare commodities. With a constant flow of meetings and problems to solve, it can be very hard to find the time and space to be still and think.
That is why this mid-programme session has been designed to provide an environment where leaders can take a step back from the busyness of school life and reflect (even if just for a few hours) and consider solutions for dealing with the daily challenges of school life.
The time provided is dedicated to helping Headteachers build a thoughtful approach to Headship and move beyond the operational and strategic and into the wider territory of personal values, motivations and sense of vocation.
Increased confidence in your own ability and how to carry out the role in a way that maintains your integrity and authenticity
New connections and relationships with other Heads that you can tap into as a source of support
A greater sense of clarity about steps you need to take to achieve your goals for the following term
An understanding of how to be better cope with the stresses of school leadership and stay well in the process
Who are the sessions for?
This part of the programme is designed to provide delegates of the Developing Headspace programme with…
– A safe, nurturing and confidential environment to reflect on the successes and the challenges of the last term
– Working in a small group with like-minded Heads to find solutions for overcoming the perennial challenges of school leadership
– Dedicated time to focus on their own needs as a school leader to help secure the best outcomes for themselves and hence those they lead and manage
– Having a space to take stock and gather their own thoughts, so that they can enter the new term with a fresher, new perspective
Where: London (Exact Location TBC)
What will the sessions look like?
This half day interactive session involves a series of activities such as:
– The creation of an environment where participants feel safe to share the issues that are of greatest importance to them as school leaders
– Facilitation of individual, paired and small group work (Please note this is not a training session; no-one will be espousing from the front telling you how to do your role!)
– Some reflection on short leadership think pieces to help deepen individual and group reflections on the Headship role
– Solution-focused questioning and tools to support participants in finding solutions for their own
When: Spring Term (TBC)
*Developing Headspace programme cost includes tea, coffee and refreshments on arrival
“You created a really powerful space that helped us to connect deeply with what matters most to us“
“Restorative, supportive, fun and nourishing. Like no other course you’ll ever have been on but the only kind you’ll ever want to go on again!”
“Shared experiences and shared empathy have been really valuable to me“
About the Facilitator – Viv Grant
Viv has been in the education profession for over twenty five 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.
Find out more about our “Developing Headspace” programme…
This review and reflect session is only one part of our “Developing Headspace” Programme that is designed to help support and enhance Headteachers’ capacity for authentic, inspiring and sustainable leadership. To find out more about the whole programme, please download our course outline below.