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Senior Leader Well-being and Resilience Programme

There is increasing interest in and concern about, the issue of sustainability and resilience in leadership. There is also growing focus on the need for leaders to attend to their own and others' well-being.
How do leaders keep going? How can we support ourselves?

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This is an opportunity to consider those aspects of leadership that are about personal effectiveness, well-being and resilience. These qualities are of increasing importance in meeting the many challenges facing leaders in Education – the new curriculum, assessment without levels, etc.

Our programme, enhanced to incorporate recent research, has been running successfully for two years in Luton and longer elsewhere. It supports the identification of resources senior leaders need to enable them to sustain and develop their leadership skills, whilst maintaining personal health and well-being and a reasonable work-life balance.

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The course is designed to support the development of advanced communication and coaching skills, whilst enabling senior leaders to get to the bottom of real issues – not just deal with theory and the abstract. It is built around practical scenarios contributed by participants.

The programme gives senior leaders an opportunity to meet regularly over the course of the year with a supportive group of 'like-minded travellers' who are able to provide a mutual resource and support to each other through peer coaching.

Key comments from senior leaders who have taken part in the programme:

"This is a must for senior leaders – both new and experienced!"

"It has given me the time to reflect and share with others. It has given me the tools to monitor and evaluate how I lead and the courage to try new responses to old problems."

"We are a supportive dedicated group."

"It helped me recognise my strengths and learn how to use them most effectively."

"Nurturing, very positive."

"It was time out, time to reflect. It helped me be effective in my role."


  • To enable senior leaders to reflect upon the factors which can secure effective leadership that is sustainable over time, to improve outcomes for children
  • To provide time and space for senior leaders to reflect upon key social and relational aspects of leadership with their peers in a supportive and structured coaching environment
  • To develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to create and maintain a healthy organisation and a culture of well-being, and to manage difficult situations and conflict, and lead change
  • To explore and develop that key factor in effective leadership - resilience

Possible sessions (to be finalized by group):

  • Gaining insights into ourselves, leadership and well-being through application of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Advanced coaching skills to transform individuals and whole school systems
  • Listening to the voices within - understanding our drivers and hidden beliefs
  • Resilience in turbulent times
  • Transactional analysis and having adult conversations
  • Managing difficult situations
  • Developing openness and trust

Including a one-to-one coaching session for forward planning.


Session  Date  Time Location  
17th October 2018 13:00-16:00 The Shire
Hillborough Junior School
2 5th December 2018 13:00-16:00
3 30th January 2019 13:00-16:00
4 2nd April 2019 13:00-16:00 
5 1st May 2019 09:30-12:30
6 9th July 2019 13:15-16:15


Total cost for the programme is £500. This includes all course resources.

How to apply

For more information or to apply, contact Tracey Murphy on 01582 522121 or email .