Coaching & Leadership Development

“Staying Connected” Leadership Support Programme

Commences in May 2020

A school leadership development programme designed to support and empower leaders as they navigate change and uncertainty

The “Staying Connected” Leadership Programme will involve ZOOM Masterclass discussions, featuring school leaders and some of the foremost experts in Well-being, Authenticity and Resilience.

Viv Grant (Host)

Viv Grant is the Director of Integrity Coaching. She is also an Executive Coach, Author and Public Speaker. Viv has been in the teaching profession for over thirty years. When she was just thirty-one and expecting her first child, she was appointed as one of the youngest Heads in the country to turn around a failing primary school.

It was because of her experiences as a Head, that Viv developed a deep interest in approaches for supporting the emotional and mental well-being of school leaders.

As an Executive coach, Viv now works extensively with Head teachers and school leaders, helping them to overcome the challenges of their roles, so that they are able to maintain their humanity, joy, love for the profession and the communities they serve.

Her book “Staying A Head” is considered a seminal work in this area. Recognised as an expert in the field, she has contributed to various books and periodicals on the subject. As an expert commentator, her contributions have also been featured in The Guardian, London Live, Sky News, Radio Four, Woman’s Hour and the World at One.

Viv is also an Advisory Board member of the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds University

Prior to setting up Integrity Coaching, Viv worked as a lead consultant on a range of leadership development programmes for the Institute of Education, the National College, the National Union of Teachers [NUT] and the Department for Education [DfE].

Read Viv’s Guardian Article

Belinda Harris (Masterclass Discussions)


Dr. Belinda Harris is Associate Professor of Counselling and Education, and a member of the Centre for Human Flourishing at Nottingham University. She teaches on a range of programmes, including the PG Cert International Student Support and Advice, the MA Trauma Studies and the MA Person-Centred Experiential Psychotherapy

A UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, and ICF Professional Certified Coach, she is Chair of the UK Association for Gestalt practitioners, and sits on the European Association for Gestalt Therapy. She is a registered Training and Supervision Member off the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute, and recently completed eight years as Associate Editor of the British Gestalt Journal.

Belinda received the Lord Dearing Award for Teaching in 2000 and is an accredited teaching member of the Higher Education Academy. She is also an Honorary Member of UKCISA, the United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs. Belinda is Professional Associate of the Gestalt International Study Centre on Cape Cod, MA, where she co-teaches a programme for senior executives, Leadership for the 21st Century. Belinda has authored two books “Supporting the Emotional Work of School Leaders” and “Research on counselling children and young people: a systematic scoping review.”

Belinda is currently supervising five doctoral students whose research areas cover the fields of school counselling internationally, educational leadership, teacher stress and mental health teaching in higher education.


Masterclass Title: How to Manage Emotions as a School Leader

Date: Thursday 21st May

Angela Browne (Masterclass Discussions)


Angie Browne is an education thought leader and founder of Nourished Collective an online space for women providing leadership coaching, personal development programmes and community. Angela is passionate about bringing nourishment to the education system and returning educators to a more balanced state of wellbeing and autonomy. Her recent book Lighting the Way: The Case for Ethical Leadership in Schools brings this passion to life.

Angie spent 18 years working in a diverse range of schools first as a Head of English in the inner-city and more recently as Interim Deputy CEO of a semi-rural multi-academy trust. Her diverse experiences of teaching, leading and managing in range of schools give her a unique perspective on the shared challenges teachers and leaders are facing in today’s schools.


Masterclass Title: How to Manage Emotions as a School Leader

Date: Thursday 21st May

Mac Macartney (Masterclass Discussions)


Mac Macartney is an international speaker, writer and change-maker and contributes to many diverse organisations and communities. He has established a portfolio of enterprises both in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including Embercombe, a valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park which seeks to explore and promote the profound regeneration of land, society, and people. Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders.

In 2013 he was presented with the Enlightened Society Award by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and in 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education for his work in service to the community by Plymouth University.

He has delivered four compelling TEDx talks. Mac is a member of Danone North America’s Advisory Committee and is a passionate advocate of the B Corp movement within business. In the past he has also sat on the sustainability advisory panels for Lafarge, Lend Lease, and Procter & Gamble. Mac is the author of two books, Finding Earth, Finding Soul, the invisible path to authentic leadership and The Children’s Fire, heart song of a people.


Masterclass Title – Identifying what matters most – How we come to know ourselves as leaders

Date: Thursday 11th June

Sian Hampton (Masterclass Discussions)


Sian Hampton is the CEO of Archway Learning Trust; a Church of England Trust with mainly large, diverse secondaries based in and around Nottingham City.  Sian has over 30 years of experience in the education sector and has held a number of leadership roles in the Nottinghamshire area.

Alongside her role as CEO of Archway Learning Trust, she has been Chair of Schools’ Forum, a member of the Diocesan Board of Education as well as a qualified OFSTED inspector and a National Leader of Education.

She believes passionately in inclusion, collaboration and is deeply committed to the most vulnerable young people in her area.

Masterclass Title: Identifying what matters most – How we come to know ourselves as leaders

Date: Thursday 11th June

Alison Kriel (Masterclass Discussions)


Alison was born in South Africa and as a child attended schools in various African countries, as well as Ireland and England. She has always taught in Hackney schools because she loves the diversity of the community. Alison was the founder head teacher of Betty Layward School. As head teacher she managed its development from a 90 pupil Early Years school to a very popular and successful 2 form entry primary school for 470 pupils.

Alison joined Northwold School in 2008, initially as an interim post to support it during some challenging times and to prepare it for an overdue Ofsted inspection. She became the substantive head teacher in 2009. When Alison took over Northwold there was only 50% permanent staff, 64% staffing attendance, a falling pupil roll and the school was one of the lowest achieving schools in the country.

Under Alison’s leadership the school developed a full list of permanent staff members with 98% attendance, an oversubscribed pupil roll, is the highest performing school in Hackney, is in the top 3 in London and the national top 100. Northwold is a Gold Club member, a national Pupil Premium and SSAT award winner.


Masterclass Title: How to Give without Burning Out – Understanding how to respond to the needs of others

Date: Thursday 25th June

Jeremy Hannay (Masterclass Discussions)


Jeremy is the happy Headteacher of Three Bridges Primary School in West London, an innovative and successful school that serves a highly disadvantaged population.

He writes regularly for UK education publications, speaks nationally about school leadership, teacher well being and unorthodox school improvement in between completing his doctorate at the University of Exeter.

Jeremy is passionate about supporting schools, leaders and teachers to challenge the corporate style management and redefine what it means to lead an Incredible School.

Three Bridges has eliminated or redesigned all monitoring, scrutiny and observations processes, leading to a substantial increase in results, retention and professional growth. He believes in growing schools that are characterised by inquisitive and passionate educators, courageous young people driven by cultures of collaboration, innovation and happiness.


Masterclass Title: From “Surviving to Thriving” – Exploring strategies for sustaining personal and professional growth

Date: Thursday 9th July

Peter Earley (Masterclass Discussions)


Professor Peter Earley holds the Chair of Education Leadership and Management and is Director of Academic Affairs at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London.

His central research interests are leadership, leadership development, school improvement, professional development, inspection, self-evaluation and school governance. His most recent book is “Exploring the School Leadership Landscape: Changing demands, changing realities.”


Masterclass Title: From “Surviving to Thriving” – Exploring strategies for sustaining personal and professional growth

Date: Thursday 9th July

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