Unlock a healthier school culture by training school staff to facilitate dialogue around conflictual issues.
This adaptable 1-day training supports school staff to host Courageous Conversations around sensitive cultural issues such as racial injustice, sex & sexual harassment, bullying, school culture, drugs and mental health into opportunities.
Our Courageous Conversation methodology transforms conflicts and hot topics into opportunities for deeper trust, enhanced engagement, and strong mutual learning and development.
It’s been a turbulent time. The pandemic; exams debacles; the murders of George Floyd and Sarah Everard; Black Lives Matter; whistleblowing websites like Everyone’s Invited; rising teacher turnover; ever longer CAMHS waiting lists; the list could go on…
Schools do remarkable work, but, sitting at the heart of communities, schools can’t avoid conflictual issues.
We agree with Ofsted, you ought to assume that any challenges in the wider world are mirrored somewhere in your school community.
We also know that policies, curriculum, sanctions and interventions can only go so far – in our experience, what can make the difference is the ability to host courageous mutual learning conversations around conflictual issues (e.g. identity, race, sex & sexual harassment, gender, drugs or mental health).
“I don’t feel I can relax my shoulders and talk freely around white teachers” – Y9 Student
“I felt so humiliated and objectified. I didn’t know what to say. Afterwards I felt angry with myself that I stayed silent.” – Anonymous Female Student, Everyone’s Invited
“I don’t think we really know each other, staff and students, past ‘Miss’ and ‘Sir’” – Head of Department
- Staff feel equipped and confident to host effective courageous conversations around RSHE topics including Identity, Race, Sex & Sexual Harassment, Gender, Drugs, Mental Health.
- Staff feel well prepared to role model respectful and appropriate ways to healthily navigate complex and emotive topics
- Staff strengthen their ability to listen to pupil voice, validate concerns and respond generatively
- Staff learn how to host appropriate and brave spaces that can explore complex conflictual topics, address issues likely to be overlooked by formal teaching / policies, and develop self and community awareness for all participants.
- School culture is enhanced through deeper trust, enhanced engagement, and strong mutual learning and development.
“After the training my staff were so full of enthusiasm and excitement about what they experienced and how they can bring this to bear in the school. They spoke about how they had been personally impacted by the training and how they wanted this to affect the way we work with students in the school. It was exactly what I was wanting, it opened their eyes and minds in ways I’d really hoped it would.”
– John Taylor, Principal, UAE South Bank School
WORKSHOP 1: SAFE FOUNDATIONS*
- Explore how facilitated courageous conversations benefit whole school culture
- Learn how to create a trauma-informed, brave space for exploring any topic – (debunking the myth that exploring sensitive issues ‘opens up a pandora’s box’)
- Explore how facilitating develops students’ agency and self-efficacy
- Learn Core Facilitation Techniques: how to set the mood and boundaries, how to build trust, how to work with visible and invisible power dynamics
- See how to evolve appropriate supportive Safeguarding and Disclosure protocols
Location: In school
Format: Half day workshop (90-120mins)
*Can be taken as a stand-alone workshop, or in conjunction with below as a full day workshop
WORKSHOP 2: BRAVER CONVERSATIONS
- Dialogue vs debate: discover why mutual learning really matters
- Power and boundaries 2.0: how to be more supportive of specific diversity issues
- Scenarios: experience effective Courageous Conversations on sensitive RSHE topics
- Develop your own emotional resilience and confidence holding strong emotions
- Start to identify your own unique style & strengths as a facilitator
- Student & Staff Voice: Learn how to take school-wide action based on the needs and concerns of students and staff
Location: In school
Format: Half day workshop (minimum 2hrs) – participants must have attended Workshop 1
Sola Adebiyi, David Heinemann, Nikki Levitan, Max Girardeau