Developing Headspace Programme –
“Review and Reflect” Sessions
Date TBC – London
In the frenetic life of a school leader, time and space are increasingly rare commodities.
A constant flow of meetings and problems to solve means 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 offer participants a much-needed opportunity to take a step back from the busyness of school life.
It is a chance to reflect on progress, build on the outcomes and delve deeper into the key themes that came out of the Transforming Leadership Residential.
The time is dedicated to help participants continue to build a thoughtful and reflective approach to School Leadership that can support them in their role.
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
What do the sessions provide?
This part of the programme provides delegates of the Developing Headspace programme with…
– A safe, nurturing and confidential environment to reflect on the successes and the challenges of the previous term(s)
– Opportunity to work with like-minded Heads in finding solutions to the perennial challenges of school leadership
– Dedicated time to focus on their own needs as a school leader
– A space to take stock and gather their thoughts, so they can enter the rest of the year with a fresh, new perspective
Where: October Gallery, London
What will the sessions look like?
This half day interactive session involves:
– The creation of an environment where participants feel safe to share issues that are important to them as school leaders
– Facilitation of individual, paired and small group work
– Reflection on short leadership think pieces to help deepen individual and group discussion
– Focused questioning and tools to support participants in finding their own solutions
*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 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.
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.