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Case Study

Educational Leaders

Facilitated group workshops and 1-1 coaching sessions

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Overview

Questline were approached by a growing educational academy trust to work with their senior leaders; headteachers, CEO and CFO in order to create a congruent vision, increase collaboration and understanding of their impact across the leadership within the individual school establishments during a period of transformation within the trust.

Approach

We started with a 1:1 fact-find meeting with the sponsor (the CEO) to work through current challenges and potential focus areas.

Questline kicked off the Impact programme with a group workshop with all 5 delegates and the sponsor. This included contracting – how we wanted to work together and an introduction to the programme and familiarisation with the approach to ensure all delegates were at ease. We talked through, using an open, informal facilitation style and identified common themes and threads to spark ideas for areas of focus for each delegate.

We then broke into 1:1 sessions to work with individual leaders on their personal contracts, initial goals and expectations.

A period of 1:1 coaching then followed, where delegates were encouraged to raise awareness, take action and reflect upon results to bring into the next sessions.

We reformed as a team for a group facilitated workshop at the mid-point to talk through and share observations, reflections and actions and importantly land the learning and ensure the whole leadership team were given the opportunity to share.

We concluded the 1:1 coaching sessions and met for a final group session where the team presented and landed their thoughts, reflections and future actions to sustain the learning.

The Process

1:1 fact-find meeting

Group workshop

1:1 sessions

1:1 coaching

Group facilitated workshop

1:1 coaching sessions

Final group session

Results

Delegates reported positive results both personally and organisationally and felt that they were a stronger team as a result of working together.

Delegates reported that they were aware of the impact emotion can have on situations and the impact they were trying to achieve. They reported a greater sense of purpose and improved relationships. The output of the sessions was added pictorially to a final document which landed the group vision, the congruent values and what makes each so important. This was used to help with other schools in the trust.

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Conclusion
The delegates scored us an average 9.6 out of 10 for satisfaction and likelihood for recommending the programme to others.
We were invited to run another cohort to extend to all schools within the trust
  • “The impact has been transformational.”
    “Personally, much more aware of my emotional response to situations and the impact on what I am trying to achieve. Organisationally, recognising and valuing all peoples’ contributions and responding differently to feedback. The impact has been transformational.”

    HT,Secondary School Headteacher

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