If you are looking for growth in the critical areas of self-awareness, self-acceptance, personal confidence, and Education Leadership confidence, then look no further. Our relationship with Academies, Federations and individual schools goes from strength to strength as the value we can offer is recognised across the Education sector.
We understand that leadership in Education can be challenging, so with our help we can get you there with genuine confidence. We will take you on a journey that begins with a facilitated adult-adult, high support/high challenge coaching conversation that recognises your successes and your growth opportunities. “Success measures” aligned to current Government standards for Education will be agreed to enable all parties to measure the return on expectation during and at the end of the programme. You will also take direct ownership of strategic elements of the School Development Plan. Through a blend of 360 degree feedback from 10 of your stakeholders; self-awareness values and strengths experiences and plenty of action planning and reflection, you will experience a coaching programme that is unique in the market – it is built around, and for, you as a unique individual to transition you to becoming an outstanding leader!
Our Education programme is also supported by group Action Learning Sets after each coaching session to embed shared learning experiences, and included in this is the opportunity to develop your coaching skills through practical skills-based learning from your professional coach.
What you can expect
You can expect to receive world class coaching from our Post Graduate qualified coaches, all of whom are MBTI and EQi-2.0/360 qualified.
The programme is designed to ensure that it fits with your own organisation’s values, behaviours, and goals in mind – it will feel like it was designed just for you.
Heightened self awareness
Coaching Session 1 (2.5 hours) is designed to set the scene for your experience. Through a robust one-hour adult/adult conversation with your line manager and Coach you will design your own “success measures” (goals) aligned to the current Government standards for Education. You will also take direct ownership of strategic elements of the School Development Plan. When your line manager leaves, your Coach will take you through a full contracting conversation to ensure there is a shared clarity on expectations and learning/coaching preferences. The coach will then take you through some exercises to drive insight across two important areas: life (your happiness and wellbing), and your critical stakeholder relationships
Values driven leadership and creating a coaching culture
Coaching Session 2 (2 hours) begins with a conversation focused on your responses to a series of ‘review and reflection questions’, before investing a significant amount of time and energy in truly understanding your critical personal life values. You will explore how these values help and hinder your experiences in life, relationships, leadership and your organisational context. We will learn how your leadership behaviours and the resulting culture you create, if not conscious, are one dimensional – so consciousness is the key here. You will benefit from a ‘transactional analysis mindset’ dialogue with your Coach to understand the positions you hold yourself and others in, and the impact of this mindset, before looking at the advantages and skills required to develop your Coaching Leadership.
Psychological profiling and preferences
Coaching Session 3 (2 hours) will consist of your Coach guiding you through a psychological profiling tool to understand more about your preferences and how you view the world. By truly understanding yourself in this way you can take greater control of the choices you take, and choose not to take, to ensure they work in line with your ideal outcomes. You will also learn more about the impact your preferences have on your innate confidence (and anxiety) levels, before wrapping up with a leadership profile to take away and reflect on it’s strengths and areas for consideration.
‘Perception is reality’ 360 degree feedback
Coaching Session 4 (2 hours) is focused on how the world around you experiences you. Your Coach will guide you through a model called ‘Cultures of Confidence’, helping you to recognise any low confidence drivers, and more importantly the techniques to increase your Leadership Confidence. You will then hear from 10 of your stakeholders to learn how they receive you in line with your organisation’s values and behaviours, as we look to drive out your strengths, and what people want you to do ‘more of’ and ‘less of’ – these sessions are always insightful!
Positive psychology – strength focus
Coaching Session 5 (2 hours) brings to life a positive psychology experience where you will explore the learnings from your past and how to bring them into your high-performing future. By analysing your strengths in terms of energy (rather than capability) you will leave with a plan to let go of learned behaviours, and replace them with the activities that really make the difference and that you are truly famous for! If you don’t smile at Coaching Session 5, we have a problem! Towards the end of the session you will pull together all of the insights you have created over the past 5 sessions, and pull them together into your ‘green circle of Education Leadership Confidence’ – you at your best, most energised and most confident leadership self.
‘Return on expectation’ 3-way coaching
Coaching Session 6 (2 hours) is a culmination and a high point in your experience. You will benefit from the focused attention of your line manager and Coach, both fully committed to your personal and professional success. You will guide them through your Coaching journey, your greatest insights, critical highs (and lows), and tell them a story of the most confident version of yourself. Your line manager will coach you and look for opportunities to build on your experiences, open doors, and create opportunities to further embed your Coaching experience for the long-term. An energising and honest career coaching dialogue will then take place, looking at both the long and short term plans for you – what are your plans, what relationships will you need to succeed? What behaviours will you need to display? What more do you need to know to ensure you are in a ‘no risk’ position, and you’re top of the list for the selection process?
Having completed your own analysis of your Coaching experience and written a summary testimonial, you will also have the opportunity to explore your personal support network, and you will have clearly identified the necessary relationships you need to thrive in the weeks and months ahead. Before you formally close your coaching relationship, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your journey, where you have come from and where you are now, and measure your growth in 4 key areas: self-awareness, self-acceptance, personal confidence, and ultimately your Leadership confidence. We’re so confident that you will see growth across these indicators – trust us!
To further embed the learning experience, after each coaching session you will join others who are also experiencing the Education Leadership Confidence Coaching Programme. All Line Managers will attend along with Programme Sponsors. You will have the opportunity to explore your personal insights, and to provide support and challenge to one another, with the added benefit of multiple perspectives.
At each Action Learning Set your coach will support you with the addition of offering some coaching skills development as you move towards developing your Coaching Leadership behaviours.
“My belief in the power of coaching within education goes from strength to strength as a result of working with Matthew and his associates. Since 2012 we have worked together through a range of their coaching programmes, working with myself, the SLT, our talented leaders, Governors and the whole school team. I’ve been so inspired that I went on to complete my own Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching. Bringing the coaching ethos into my Federation is at the heart of our strategy for the future, and long may the trusted relationship continue as we expand into our new Academy status.”
Lea Mason, Director and Executive Head, LWF