Ego Development and Your School Leadership - A Work Shop for School Leaders

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Multiple Locations

United Kingdom

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In this unique workshop, Neil Gilbride (PhD Student; University of Bath and Lecturer in Education at University of Gloucestershire) and Prof. Chris James (Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, University of Bath) will guide you through an innovative and unique perspective of school leadership; exploring the impact of adult development on your leadership and those around you.


FREE. You will also be provided with FREE Breakfast, Lunch and Tea/Coffee supplied throughout the day.


As adults, things happen to us that change how we view the world and how we make sense of it. Jane Loevinger captured this idea in her ideas of “ego development”. This consists of 8 stages of adult development. With each stage, individuals see greater complexity, handle the conflict between their needs and those of others, and have a greater degree of emotional resonance with those around them.

I believe these stages could impact how we lead. I have already been into schools and beginning to identify how each of these 8 stages of adult development look like for school leadership. The TES summarised my work here

The Workshop ...

PART 1 9:30-10:30 Will be a tutor-led session, exploring concepts of adult and ego development in greater detail – what do we mean when we are talking about adult development and, in particular, ego development? Why are these ideas important? How robust are these ideas? Is anyone applying these to their schools already?

Following a tea and coffee comfort break, we will move into

PART 2 10:45-12:00 This will more workshop,m active learning and discussion orientated. We will explore the potential for school leadership – both in how we lead and in the reflection of leadership. The two core foci here are

a) Looking at these stages and theory, what are you thinking about yourself as a leader – what reflections does it leave you with?

b) We will then think about your colleagues and how awareness of these stages might influence your approach to them and to your organisation

Following lunch (12-12:30), we move to

PART 3 12:30-2pm. I am developing a tool which might bring all this work into the head teachers hands. I want to develop a story, which we can use as a tool to discover and measure how people respond to day to day school incidents. The last hour will be in getting hands out in the crafting of this story. The long term benefit will hopefully be a tool that head teachers can use as a reflective tool to discover the mechanisms behind how they and those around them act and why.


Where and When?

Workshops will run between 9:30am-2pm (Timing is different for the Manchester workshop. Please see below). Your attendance is kindly requested throughout the day. As stated above, specific venues will be confirmed soon. All venues will be centrally located, next to strong public transport links.

University of Bath 9th November

Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2TA (2minutes from Holborn Underground and the British Museum) 16th November

Sheffield Hallam University 30th November

Manchester Metropolitan University 9th December **PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MANCHESTER WORKSHOP WILL RUN 11-3PM**

University of Gloucestershire 11th January

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Who is this workshop for?

The workshop is open to Head teachers and Deputy Head teachers.

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