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Resilient Education

I provide training, workshops and coaching for educational organisations looking to improve staff wellbeing, performance, resilience, enthusiasm, and engagement and create a positive school culture where people feel valued, heard, cared for and believe what they do makes a difference.

 

Individual or group coaching sessions often focus on building positive leadership skills, improving teaching performance and engagement, creating a more positive mindset and overcoming stress, anxiety and burnout.

 

With 15+ years' experience teaching, leading, coaching and mentoring at an outstanding school, and a Master's in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, I have a deep insight into the unique challenges faced by those working in, and leading educational organisations. 

Book a free discovery call using the box below to find out more and discuss how I can help you create the positive environment you dream of working in.

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Resilient Pupils

Positive School Psychology research tells us that prioritising pupil mental health and wellbeing and relationships can have significant impact on engagement and school enjoyment.

 

My Master's thesis, which investigated the elements of school pupils felt contributed to their wellbeing, further supported this, confirming positive relationships with teachers and peers was a significant contributory factor to positive wellbeing.

To support your pupils, I offer targeted training and group and one-to-one coaching grounded in educational positive psychology. Sessions are tailored to the needs of your school and include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • mental health awareness.

  • the elements of child wellbeing.

  • challenging automatic negative self-talk.

  • celebrating individuality & authenticity.

  • overcoming anxiety and worries.

  • building a positive (growth) mindset program.

  • knowing your strengths and values.

  • relationships and how to be a good friend.

  • peer support champion program.

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Why You Should Aim To Create A Positive School Culture

Teaching has long been known for being a highly rewarding, if stressful, profession, but nothing could have prepared schools for the rapid and constant changes they've experienced over the last couple of years.

High levels of emotional investment and personal risk, a large and varied workload, the need to adapt to rapidly changing and evolving daily situations and the constant pressure to do your best for your class, colleagues and stakeholders has taken its toll. School staff resilience and wellbeing are low, and stress, depression, anxiety and burnout among staff are increasing concerns for school leaders.

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In contrast, schools that have suffered are those who already struggled with the effects of a negative school culture, including; 

  • an increasing number of staff who are disengaged, tired, angry or frustrated;

  • high staff absence due to illness and increasing staff turnover;

  • low levels of general wellbeing, resilience and confidence;

  • declining quality of teaching and learning;

  • high levels of pupil disengagement and mental health issues;

  • low levels of pupil achievement;

  • school leaders who frequently feel overwhelmed;

  • and, little support or understanding for staff who are struggling.

From above, you can clearly see the striking differences between a positive and negative school culture, and more worryingly is the noticeable impact on the pupils, as well as staff.

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Generally, the schools that seem to have weathered the storm best are those with;

  • a positive, supportive school culture;

  • strong, authentic leaders who inspire, motivate and lead by example;

  • resilient teachers who feel valued and well supported

  • teachers who are engaged, effective and produce quality learning experiences for their pupils;

  • an emphasis on collaboration

  • high levels of pupil engagement, wellbeing and achievement;

  • low incidence of pupil mental health issues;

  • a strong team spirit that recognises that high performance requires high levels of wellbeing;

  • and, active promotion of wellbeing strategies and skills amongst all staff and pupils.

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But what can you do? The most effective approach is top down. Research shows that school leaders are often the trigger for school culture (both negative and positive) and have great power to affect change.  

Actively prioritising staff wellbeing and seeking opportunities to address policies and practices that may be detrimental to wellbeing is a great start, as is providing targeted training to support teacher resilience, mindset and wellbeing. 

You don't need to buy expensive programs with tons of resources, you just need to get the basics right. By focusing on resilience, mindset, self-esteem, wellbeing and courage, and consistently promoting them with staff and pupils, you will start to improve your school culture and create a more resilient school.

Get in touch to find out how I can help you strengthen your existing school culture or turn your school culture around.

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If you're looking for a coach, look no further than Tamara. I have never cried, laughed and felt more clear on my goals than when working with her. Her coaching process is such an enlightening experience that it feels like one continuous "Ah ha!" moment that you never want to stop.

 

Tamara makes you feel comfortable from the beginning, which allows you to go deep into what you want and where you want to go. 

I cannot recommend her enough, and even as I write this I am excited for you to experience coaching by Tamara. 

Katrina Gingell, Teacher and Department Leader

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