Educational psychology is not just for children and young people within the education system. Part of our work here at Valuing Minds is supporting teachers at all stages in their careers. We do this in a number of ways:
- Change management – schools rarely stand still and there are new challenges and initiatives to be tackled and embedded throughout the organisation. But change is sometimes difficult to implement. With considerable experience of helping major public and private sector organisations manage both small and large-scale change, Valuing Minds can help schools and colleges through the change minefield, to ensure that staff sign up to the new ways and that the change is successfully established.
- Senior leader mentoring – it can be lonely at the top! And it can be useful to have a mentor who’s outside the organisation to bounce ideas off, brainstorm with or simply to hold up a ‘mirror’ for personal reflection. Usually mentoring relationships last for a fixed number of sessions, typically 6, held at monthly or bi-monthly intervals. The first session is used to set the scene and establish a ‘contract’ between the mentor and the ‘mentee’ concerning the agenda for the sessions, goals, ground rules and so on. At subsequent sessions, the discussion centres on the issues highlighted in the initial conversation and may involve the mentee carrying out agreed actions in between sessions and reporting back.
- Managerial and Executive Wellbeing Survey (MEWS®) – is a powerful new measure of wellbeing designed exclusively for senior leaders and their teams. The MEWS® survey taps into the aspects of work and life that have been shown to most impact wellbeing. Drawing from cutting edge research and first hand insights into the stresses and strains of senior leaders’ lives, the tool uses a unique blend of simplicity and sophistication in the questions posed about individual wellbeing. The MEWS® provokes reflection about wellbeing even before the survey is completed. The MEWS® Personal Reports and MEWS® Team Reports provide comprehensive feedback and guidance on wellbeing priorities for your senior leadership team on an individual and group basis. The tool helps school leadership teams understand what enhances wellbeing and what detracts from wellbeing for the team and identifies priorities for attention to maximise the wellbeing, engagement and performance of the school’s most critical staff.
- Senior leadership teambuilding – effective teamwork at senior levels in a school or college is essential to ensure clear lines of communication, efficient working and mutual understanding and respect between senior leaders, even when they do not share the same perspective, background and approach. By understanding each other’s ways of working and priorities, not only can the team present a united front to the rest of the organisation, but it ensures that individuals play to their strengths and the team, as a whole, benefits. Valuing Minds is happy to run a senior leadership team building event for your school or college, tailored to the specific needs and challenges your organisation is facing. Typically, this involves meeting with the key personnel individually and then holding an off-site team building workshop focusing on the key priorities the team has identified.
We believe that supporting teachers in their work is incredibly important so we also offer training for teachers and support with EHCP applications and reviews. All Valuing Minds’ services can be combined, linked and focussed to your specific requirements – just get in touch with us to see how we can help.