Build your board
School governance has never been more important.
School governance has never been more important and the expectations of those who volunteer for office are high. Strong and effective governance is one of the cornerstones of outstanding leadership.
As an education consultant Charmaine carries out External Reviews of Governance for Leicestershire County Council and knows that for many schools the first sign of serious weakness in governance practice comes as negative feedback from an Ofsted visit. The most common weaknesses found by Ofsted are in Strategic Leadership and Accountability. Governors are expected to be partners in shaping the vision of the organisation and are accountable for holding the Senior leaders of the organisation to account for delivering a strategy driven by that vision.
Invest in your board now, before it becomes a cause for concern. Ensure that your board can bring capacity and energy to your vision of providing a world-class education for the young people and community you serve.Charmaine can work with your governing body to strengthen leadership capacity and performance. A package specifically designed for you can be created using our online assessment tool based on the Competency Framework for Governance. Typically, this might look like one 3-hour twilight team building session, with additional coaching and training sessions as indicated by the initial enquiry and discovery stage. Sessions can also be arranged for on Saturdays.
….mainly to say thank you for all the help you gave me. There were times while we were meeting that I wondered how much progress I was making but I’m not sure I would be in the position I am now – new house, new job, positive about the opportunities for the future – if it wasn’t for the work we did. I think I was looking for an instant solution when I first contacted you, perhaps a eureka moment, but our conversations were really a catalyst for me to start thinking about what I am trying to achieve and how to go about doing it.
Charmaine has equipped me with the tools to maintain the ethical and values-led professionalism that feels authentic to me and I return to these often when I have a situation or decision to wrangle with. I have spent a lot of time over the years apologising for myself, not feeling good-enough, worrying how I will be perceived, liked, not liked or valued. I now feel liberated from those negative perceptions and confident to articulate myself and make decisions grounded in the core values that I have set as my standard – my non-negotiables. I thought coaching would lead me to chase opportunities, instead it has led me to say ‘no’. To say ‘no’ to things that don’t serve me and the boundaries I have set for myself or the values I hold as important. For this (once was) ‘yes’ person that has been powerful and transformational. I highly recommend coaching…
I started my coaching journey with Charmaine at a time when I was looking to explore my longer term career options but gained so much more. Charmaine created a safe space where I felt comfortable and confident to share my vulnerabilities, aspirations and whole self. This led to transformational change for me personally and professionally. I achieved my longest term goal half way through our coaching, achieved positive financial gains, but most significantly learnt how to set boundaries for myself and others. There has also been humour, fun and shared reflections along the way.
Personable, clear, safe, comfortable environment to explore plans, wishes or desires and created a platform to discuss and gain clarity.
The quality of the coaching has been wonderful and has helped me to grow in so many ways. Charmaine was incredibly knowledgable in many areas, bringing tasks from various theories for me to try within the remit of my goal and research further into to develop myself even further. I instantly felt that I was able to build a strong and trusting relationship with Charmaine that helped me to realise my goal quickly, productively and also reflect on the progress made. I feel that the coaching has unleashed a confidence from within I didn’t know I had, or was capable of developing, and for that I am truly grateful.
Great! Charmaine was very warm and open minded, and the session did not feel judgmental. It felt guided by my own targets or thought processes rather than steered.
Excellent quality coaching. The coach was both professional and friendly and ensured the session remained focused on my goals.
Charmaine is incredibly talented, knowledgeable and respectful as a coach. She is easy to relate to and supportive yet committed to providing the required challenge to facilitate personal and team growth. Charmaine has high standards of integrity and is open and transparent in the way she works. I have valued the coaching sessions with Charmaine and feel that Charmaine has engaged openly wanting to learn and understand fully about me as an individual and professional and also part of the team. I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to engage in 1:1 and team coaching with Charmaine and feel that is has been and experience which has ignited positive transformations both for me as a professional individually but also for our team. Charmaine offers something truly special.
It has been incredibly useful to work with Charmaine during a time when the team has really had to take a look at their individual roles and responsibilities. The sessions that have been delivered have allowed us to become stronger and have encouraged us to create and share our views on where to take the school next. We have been able to do this due to the sensitive and thought provoking activities and sessions that Charmaine has planned and delivered. I have felt that during out team sessions we have been able to talk candidly in a safe environment that Charmaine has been able to maintain throughout.
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