As schools and colleges deal with ongoing challenges and requirements to reconfigure the way they operate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, BTS Spark, the not-for-profit education practice within one of the world’s leading coaching organisations, launched a free coaching programme for school and college leaders.
Delivered by BTS Spark’s network of highly qualified and experienced professional leadership coaches, the initiative will provide up to 250 school and college leaders with confidential telephone coaching sessions to explore the pressing and urgent issues they are currently facing.
The programme, which will be rolled out immediately, will be available for at least the next two months (April and May). Leaders will be supported with relevant, tried and tested tools and insights around maintaining their resourcefulness and leading in uncertainty, drawn from BTS Spark’s comprehensive leadership curriculum.
Launching the new programme, Denise Barrows, Head of Education at BTS Spark, said: “At a time when we are all dealing with high levels of personal anxiety and uncertainty, schools are charged with completely reconfiguring the way that they operate. At BTS Spark, we want to do what we can to help school and college leaders successfully navigate these challenging times, maintain their personal resourcefulness and continue to successfully engage and support their staff.
“Our coaches are experts in helping leaders to be at their best in the moments that matter the most and will be matched to leaders according to their needs. We hope that we can support hundreds of school and college leaders during these difficult times.”
Susan Douglas, CEO at The Eden Academy Trust, said: “I can highly recommend this valuable opportunity to school and college leaders as we all come to grips with the impact of COVID-19. My own coaching experience with BTS Spark has been extremely helpful, guiding me through decision points as well as challenging me. The coaching has allowed me to untangle things, see things more clearly and therefore make improved strategic plans moving forward.”
Dominique Charles, BTS Leadership Coach, said: “This is a time of extreme pressure for school and college leaders. Working with them over the years, I have witnessed first-hand the many challenges they face on a day-to-day basis but now, more than ever, their resilience will be tested while having to be at their most creative to develop new ways of working remotely with their teams and students.
“I’m thrilled to be part of this free programme, where we can draw on BTS Spark’s wider expertise and insights for those that need it in these difficult times.”
BTS Spark offers targeted leadership development and coaching for school and college leaders so they can unlock new capabilities and perform at their best. Founded in the UK in 2005 as Coach in a Box, the not-for-profit practice helps busy leaders to secure and sustain key shifts in their mindset and practice. These shifts increase leadership impact, build personal influence, enhance relationships, and drive change.
School and college leaders wishing to participate in the initiative should enrol at https://www.bts.com/en-gb/spark/our-programs/coaching-through-covid-19. Once leaders are matched with their Coach, they will be given access to the BTS Spark coaching platform so they can easily book their sessions at a time that suits them.
For further information on BTS Spark, visit: www.bts.com/spark or follow on Twitter @BTSSparkUK