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Headteachers in most educational settings are having to juggle budget cuts, staff retention, staff absence (frequently due to stress or mental health problems) as well as provide a seamless teaching service to the school’s pupils.

77% of teaching staff reported experiencing mental health issues in the past academic year, according to the Teacher Wellbeing Index. 1 in 5 teachers have experienced panic attacks in the last academic year. The report found that a growing number of teachers have reported behavioural, psychological or physical symptoms – including panic attacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, forgetfulness, overeating and tearfulness – as a result of pressures they face at work.

In today’s world of uncertainty and working in an environment of budget restraints and cuts, everyone needs to be the best version that they can be, and more importantly, stand head and shoulders above the crowd. That applies from the Headteacher to the most junior of support staff. Coaching can help individuals tap into their full potential which in turn will increase business productivity. Coaching is transforming people in educational settings, no matter how large or small.

Is your school just ticking over, the SLT and staff putting in long hours and staff are feeling drained and tired most of the time? After an initial free consultation, a bespoke coaching solution is designed to suit your schools needs either on a 1-2-1 basis or through a programme of workshops suitable for twilight sessions or inset days.

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The benefits of coaching to the school
  1. Reduction in sickness absence and prevention of supply teacher costs
  2. Improved staff retention
  3. Promotes full use of employee’s talents / potential
  4. Greater working relationships with staff, pupils and parents
  5. Improved individual’s performance / productivity
  6. Demonstrates the schools commitment to staff and their development
  7. Staff feel more motivated and valued
  8. Facilitates the adoption of change in management style and cultural change
The benefits of coaching to the employee
  1. Increased levels of emotional and mental resilience
  2. Develop and enhance personal performance
  3. Improved confidence and self-drive
  4. An openness to new ideas and challenges
  5. Increased levels of commitment to teaching
  6. Better communication skills
  7. Higher levels of motivation and energy
  8. Shared vision and commitment
  9. Greater self-awareness and improved levels of responsibility
"Everyone appreciated your introduction of valuing teaching staff currently"

All our staff thoroughly enjoyed the Positively Managing Worry session.  After the session three staff asked to join other schools as they couldn’t make our school allotted session, so staff must of feedback positively to each other. All enjoyed the sessions and found them to be ‘useful’.  They feedback that some have made use of some of the strategies already, and we have agreed to gentle remind one another to do so in the future.   Many found the session time to be right – 40 minutes and reported that it was a calm and peaceful experience.  Many enjoyed you sharing personal experience or relating to yourself as helpful.   Everyone appreciated your introduction of valuing teaching staff currently.

Cathy Horton, Headteacher, Blessed Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School
Workshops for staff

To support the mental and emotional wellbeing of your staff and improve their resilience in stressful times, why not consider introducing bite-size sessions. The take-away tips and techniques, when put into practice, will assist staff to be more resourceful and flourish. When staff have put these techniques into practice, sickness absence and presenteeism are reduced, and it is proven that staff are 18% more productive when happy. These sessions can be delivered individually, or combined to half and full day events. Delivery can be in-house or virtual.

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Workshops for Young People
To support the mental and emotional wellbeing of your pupils, why not consider introducing a bite-size workshops. The take-away tips and techniques, when put into practice, will assist pupils to be more resilient, resourceful and enable them to flourish. These sessions are ideal for delivering virtually with any handouts being emailed out as attachments. The workshops below are ideal for over achievers, as well as those students with low levels of self-belief and aspirations;
"Helen has worked passionately with our schools encouraging a positive mind-set, promoting wellbeing and resilience"

I first met Helen in 2018 when she attended our Principals’ meeting following some work she had undertaken at one of our primary schools.  I was very impressed by her personal and professional approach to supporting individuals.  Helen has since provided group workshops to our pupils and staff, always taking into account the needs of her audience.  She has also provided tailor-made 1-2-1 sessions to support both pupils and staff who have struggled with their emotional or mental wellbeing.  Helen has worked passionately with our schools encouraging a positive mind-set, promoting wellbeing and resilience.  As a result of Helen’s work, targeted pupils have developed in terms of their personal and academic achievement.  Additionally, staff wellbeing has improved and absence reduced due to the support offered and practical strategies that have been implemented.

In conclusion, Helen is a wonderful resource who contributes significantly to the mental health and wellbeing policy that we value so greatly in our multi-academy.  It is a pleasure to have her working across our Trust and I recommend her without reservation.

Steve Bell, Chief Executive Officer, The Painsley Catholic Academy

DiSC Profiling

Everything DiSC® Profiling helps when we are communicating with our Senior Leadership Team, teachers, parents, and Governors. Once we are aware of our own dominant personality traits, we can customise our own communication to ensure engaging and productive conversations to obtain the desired outcome with minimum levels of frustration. In turn this will reduce the amount of time spent solving issues, and minimise stress levels. Once Senior Leaders know each of their staffs’ dominant personality traits, they can customise their communication and motivational processes to tap into their staffs’ strengths.

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How to achieve a calmer life & cope with challenges.

Explore what hinders us from feeling calm and why, and gain an insight into the 4 C’s of mental wealth, Chaos, Control, Choice & Calm.   Gain a true understanding of the benefits of remaining calm.  Learn self-help techniques and top tips to achieve a sense of calm in your life and address challenges in a positive manner.

Positively Manage Worr-ease

Did you know 97% of what we worry about never even happens?  Consider the negative affects fear and worry have on us emotionally and mentally, as well as identify types of worry.   Learn new strategies to manage our worrying thoughts in an empowering way, along with controlling some of our self-talk to enable us to feel positive.

Sleep Well, Feel Great.

On average we spend 33 years in bed – but how much of that is good quality sleep?  The benefits of sleeping well ensure greater concentration and focus, high energy levels and improved health.  Gain an understanding of the science of sleep, what cause disruption to our sleep pattern and gain strategies to promote a better quality sleep.   Finish off with a short guided mindfulness session.

Spring Clean Your Thinking

Explore how our negative thinking impacts on us in this fun session.  Discover ways of demolishing and re-setting some of our old thinking patterns which may no longer serve us any purpose.  Achieve more confidence and empowerment by making some simple changes to our thought process

Manage Your Emotions

Based on The Sedona Method, learn a unique way for making positive changes and gain an insight to the simple process of releasing underlying emotions that hold you back.  Become a master of your mind and emotions, then develop the art of the “release technique” or letting go.  Simple, fast & effective in order to achieve calmness. 

Press Pause, Live Well.

Recognise what causes us to feel stressed and learn more about the signs and symptoms to understand the impact on our health.   Gain self-help tips to manage stress in order to achieve a greater balance in life.  Develop an awareness of Havening Techniques® to relax and build longer lasting resilience.

The Impact of Words – Mind Your Language!

Our language holds massive power to manifest change. Words can either be empowering and encouraging or destructive and damaging.  Gain a deeper understanding of just how powerful our “language” is and the impact of the words we use with our self-talk and when speaking to others.   With an understanding of the latest neuroscience delegates will learn techniques that will help them get the best out of themselves as well as build engaging and positive relationships with others.

Less Stress, More Success

Do you find there are not enough hours in the day, frustrated that we never get to the bottom of our ‘To Do’ list?  With 80% of employees feeling stressed at work, explore and recognise the causes of stress.  Gain take-away tools to improve your time management skills, plan your day with ease and learn how and when to say No!

The Power of Visualisation

Visualisation – seeing the goal as already complete in your mind’s eye – is a core technique used by the world’s most successful people. Visualisation is effective because it harnesses the power of our subconscious mind, activating the creative powers of the subconscious mind, motivating it to work harder at creating solutions. You’ll also notice new levels of motivation and find yourself doing things that normally you would avoid, but that will take you closer to success.

I’m Possible verses Impossible

Beliefs are nothing more than a thought – often holding us back.  This belief change session provides 6 simple steps to greater self- fulfilment and success.  Our beliefs can either destroy or enrich our life.  Unhelpful beliefs hinder our ability to achieve our desires and goals.  These simple steps help you tap into your resourcefulness, to shine and flourish in life.

Digital Detox

Are we losing our ability to know who we are and what’s important to us?  Understand the addictive affects over exposure to the digital world has on our health, and explore techniques to make better choices in managing information overload.  Make smart choices that enable us to take control of our lives in a healthier way.

Pause & Relax

Say thank you to your staff and give them an hour to experience and learn anti-stress & relaxation techniques.  Understand the importance of taking time out for ourselves, still the mind, relax the body and learn how this can be achieved through breathe work, visualisation, Havening Techniques® and guided mindfulness.  All of which can be self-applied after the session and have great health benefits.

Mindfulness – a mental spa break

Experience a half hour guided mindfulness session to still the traffic in our minds.  This ancient practise is known to improve sleep, relieve stress and regulate our emotions.   It also increases mental clarity, improves concentration and boosts our working memory.  Along with smoothing gentle music this session creates and promotes a sense of wellbeing.

MAD (Making A Difference) about Mental Health at work

This session is targeted at Senior Leaders, Managers & Team Supervisors, in fact anyone with responsibility for staff.    Through this session we explore why mental health is important, and gain awareness of the impact on an individual suffering with mental health issues.  Managers will feel more confident about how to start a conversation and what they can say, how to say it and what NOT to say. 

Powerful Thinking Everyday

Gain an awareness of our most powerful tool in the world – our brain.  Learn the difference between the conscious and the subconscious mind, how to unlock the brain’s hidden power and how use this to our advantage.   Not only will this assist in encouraging more positive thinking, you will can more focus and reduce stress.

Dreams do come True

Ever wondered why 92% of people do not achieve their goals?  Join the 8% that are achievers by exploring, in this fun session, how goals can be achieved through combining various Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques in goal setting accompanied with visualisation and the creation of a Vision Board.  All of which will get you what you want in life.