"As a result of Liz's coaching, I manage my leadership time more effectively"
"Liz gave me the confidence and support I needed to grow in my job"
"The training helped me build bonds with people I didn't really know"
"You have brought my mojo back"
"Liz's coaching is challenging. It makes a difference to my leadership"
"Liz has helped me make the transition to a new career"
"In her coaching, Liz asks the questions I hadn't thought of."
"Thanks for all your help, advice, mentoring and positivity"
"Thank you for inspiring me with your story. It helped me realise this ... project [is] a life-changing one"
Supervision and coaching
Supporting leadership and wellbeing
Supervision for leaders
Coaching leadership and wellbeing
Leaders in all professions are passionate about the work they do and the difference it can make. They are self-driven and have high expectations of themselves. When this is added to the pressures of the organisation and managing their personal lives, there are times when leaders’ mental health and wellbeing can be compromised and their abilities to function at the desired level in all “occupations” of their life diminish. With its origins in social services and heath care professions, regular supervision helps leaders to be more effective, and to be emotionally and physically well.
What is an occupation?
"An activity or group of activities that engages a person in everyday life, has personal meaning and provides structure to time. Occupations are seen by the individual as part of his/her identity and may be categorised as self care and / or leisure" Creek 2005
During supervision sessions, I listen to the client and coach for wellbeing and leadership to help her/him reflect on his/her work and non-work responsibilities and leisure activities. This enables and empowers the client to maintain or restore their occupational balances and to make positive decisions and changes about their working practices, personal responsibilities and the activities that they enjoy and help define them.
Self-Care isn't Selfish
When was the last time you read a book or made time for the things you enjoy that help define who you are?
All too easily, due to life’s pressures, your occupations can become out of balance. My supervision helps to restore your occupational balances through a work-life blend that gives you self-worth and purpose.
The most effective supervision is set up by your organisation for you on a fortnightly basis from the outset. It contributes to your highly effective leadership and good wellbeing. I am also called into organisations at times of crisis. Although the impact of my work can take longer to have effects when all is not well, I have a strong track record of coaching through these times and then keeping you on track in the good times.
Please email me to discuss how I can support you.
Moving from surviving to thriving
Coaching for wellbeing
Self-Care Isn't Selfish
I support staff at all levels whose wellbeing has been compromised or are at risk of absence from work or already absent from work.
My coaching supports them in managing the stresses of work and home more effectively and helps clients to understand the impact that poor mental health & wellbeing may be having on them. I share a range of tools that support my clients in moving forward.
In addition to seeing clients in the workplace, sessions can take place off-site in a consulting room or at home for total privacy.
One to One coaching for clients living outside the Yorkshire region
I am increasingly receiving requests for one to one coaching from clients across the UK and internationally. In order to keep the cost of coaching to an affordable level for you or your organisation, I have developed an on-line package of six or more one hour coaching sessions. This has been trialled with over thirty clients globally and I have received great feedback about the quality of the experience and the #impact of my on-line coaching.
You will need a video/audio-capable laptop or tablet and access to good quality high speed broadband internet. The higher the speed of your internet, the better the quality of your experience. I use the latest HD video and audio facilities and share my resources with clients through screen-sharing.
Not sure if on-line coaching is for you?
Please e-mail me to arrange a 10 minute trial coaching session to test out your equipment and internet connection and experience the style of coaching that could make all the difference to your work and wellbeing.
Self Care Isn't Selfish
Mental Health Media Charter
Using appropriate language and imagery in relation to mental health.
Success Coaching Ltd has signed up to the Mental Health Media Charter, an initiative through which I commit to my publications relating to mental health being responsible, genuinely educational and stigma-free.
The charter has been compiled by Natasha Devon MBE in association with Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, Beat & The Samaritans. Its purpose is to guarantee that media outlets are mindful of the language and imagery that they use when talking about mental health, recognising the impact that media coverage of mental health can have on shaping social attitudes.
Conferences and training events
A flavour of my work; please contact me if you'd like me to work with you
֍ The importance of supervision and coaching for the wellbeing of organisation leaders
֍ Self-care isn't selfish
֍ Whole oganisation approach to mental health and wellbeing
֍ The role of governance in leading a mentally healthy organisation
I offer whole day, half day and twilight professional development in addition to conference workshops.
All training is personalised to meet the needs of your specific organisation by discussing your context and desired outcomes in advance and includes a planning conversation as part of the package.
Workshop & training themes
֍ The impact of coaching on wellbeing
֍ Self-care isn't selfish (occupational balances)
֍ Difficult conversations
֍ The impact of coaching on women leaders
֍ Developing a whole organisation approach to mental health and wellbeing
֍ Developing a culture of wellbeing
֍ The role of governance in developing a culture of wellbeing
֍ Team building
֍ Understanding & embracing change
֍ Conflict resolution
֍ Leading difficult conversations
֍ Letting go & moving on
I also offer......
Understanding & Supporting Organisational Change
Supporting your staff during periods of transition
Whether planned or in reaction to adverse circumstances, change can be very difficult for leaders and staff to manage. Through coaching in corporate and education settings, I give clients an undertanding of what are their natural responses to change, help them to contol what they can and to let go of what they cannot.
A range of bespoke coaching and training
I work with middle and senior leaders in corporate settings and in nursery, primary, secondary and special schools, coaching and training to improve their leadership effectiveness whilst ensuring the wellbeing of the individual and improving the outcomes of the organisation. Intensive packages of six 1to1 coaching sessions or longer term coaching are personalised to meet the leadership development needs of the individual client. Corporate leaders, headteachers, senior and middle leaders have reaped benefits from this form of coaching.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
John Quincy Adams
Conflict Resolution, Mediation and Moving Forward
Re-building professional relationships
I work with individuals and teams where there has been a breakdown in their professional relationship. By resolving these issues using one of my frameworks suited to the specific situation, I help staff to move forward in the workforce.
My intensive three hour mediation and 'letting go, moving on' processes have had positive impact across many settings.
Confidence to Return to Work
Maternity leave, career break or illness
Returning to work after maternity leave, a career break or illness may seem a daunting prospect and can affect employee mental health & wellbeing. Building on your KIT days, your employees may need short-term extra support to make a successful return to work.
Retaining Experienced Staff
Planning to avoid staffing crises
Retaining experienced staff and leaders into their 50s and beyond can be the answer to staffing issues in many corporate organisations and schools. Offering coaching support which focuses on staff wellbeing and the flexibilty for staff to reduce their working hours or leadership commitments, could be the answer.
Supporting Women Leaders in Education
DfE registered coach
Coaching women in education to progress into leadership roles; Pledge to Coach is a UK Government initiative. The aim is for 1,000 women aspirant leaders to be supported by coaches offering their expertise and passion to make this happen. I work through @WomenEd and am a regional leader for @WomenEdY&H. I also support women leaders in through Women Leading in Education in Yorkshire & Humber @WLiEYH events.
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Embracing the Changes of Joining a MAT
Coaching for leaders in multi academy trusts
As the CEO of a rapidly expanding multi academy trust, you will be facing many challenges in scaling up your governance, finances and school improvement processes. You may have a background as an executive headteacher or NLE but you will now be working strategically on a scale far greater than ever before and your established leaders will be working at full capacity.
How will you ensure the staff in the academies that are new to your trust are on message and working to your mission, vision and values? How are you supporting the incoming headteachers to adjust to their new roles where they are no longer the ultimate decision makers? How are you actively promoting and modelling wellbeing and good mental health across your MAT? How will you raise standards in your new academies without compromising the outstanding practice in your lead academies?
Coaching you, as CEO, and the headteachers and leaders in your academies will make the transition process less stressful for all involved and develop the professional relationships you desire thoughout your MAT.
What people have said about my work
Feedback from clients on Twitter
Without my knowledge, Nial Allcock of We are in Beta asked for feedback about a selection of coaches he named on Twitter. I was one of the them. Here is what some of my clients had to say.....
Developing a new senior leadership team
Headteacher new to post
"Liz has a real understanding of how people work together. She was an integral part of the planning and delivery of my first leadership residential. Her vast experience in training and developing people meant that I was able to galvanise my new leadership team with the support of her skilful facilitation."
Governor Wellbeing Training
"The training was thought-provoking in terms of how we can be pro-active and positive regarding pupils and staff wellbeing"
Developing Leadership in a Company Manager
Company Managing Director
"The change in my manager has been fantastic."
Developing Leadership in a Company Manager
"You have brought my mojo back."
"My measure of success was not to go home crying. I wasn't coping and I can see now that work was out of control. I am now much more positive and can think about the next step in my career."
Work Life Blend
"As a result of Liz's coaching, I manage my leadership time more effectively and this has given me a better balance between work and home life."
"I was able to put the training into action the day after by tackling a situation I had been putting off facing for some time."
"The best thing about the coaching was it helped me to develop the confidence to do less and ask for more [from my team] ...I have learned to step back and think."
Developing Senior Leaders
"Thank you for all your support, guidance, mentoring, faith, advice and help...I do not think I would be where I am today without it"
Developing Senior Leaders
"Thanks so much for your help and support and faith in me as a leader. My career owes a lot to [you].
Investing in Associate Staff
"Thank you for giving me the boost to my self-confidence and self esteem I needed to move forward."
Investing in Associate Staff
Student support worker
"Liz gave me the confidence and support I needed to grow in my job."
Senior Leadership Coaching
"I can see a big change since you started working with my deputy headteacher ."
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Liz Dawson is a leadership & wellbeing coach / supervisor through her company, Success Coaching Ltd., and lead coach/verifier of the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools School Mental Health Awards.
Liz is a member of the CollectivEd Advisory Board at Leeds Beckett University; the Centre for Mentoring, Coaching and Professional Learning. She a Yorkshire & Humber regional leader of WomenEd and a Women Leading in Education coach; coaching #WomenEd, #BAMEed & #LGBTed colleagues in their career development & agitating for change on Twitter as @LizDawsonCoach. She is also a governor of a day and boarding school and has experience of governance in the state sector in secondary and primary schools.
A former secondary deputy headteacher, trainer, Local Authority leadership consultant & LA SIP manager, Liz experienced work-related stress in a previous role and after five months’ absence due to depression and anxiety, successfully returned to her role before changing careers to support the mental health and wellbeing of others.
Liz now supports the leadership and wellbeing of leaders, including 1:1 supervision & coaching, in corporate settings and in schools. She delivers training on wellbeing, leadership, & team building, coaching clients internationally using video conferencing. Liz speaks about wellbeing and leadership at conferences and has presented at the National SSAT and National Work Experience Conferences. Liz also supports change management in organisations in the public & private sectors.
As an accredited Critical Skills (EBD) Master Teacher trainer/coach, Liz has coached teachers in England & Scotland in the use of rubrics to develop their practice and rubrics to help pupils acquire knowledge, skills & dispositions through meaningful learning experiences underpinned by Emotional Intelligence.
Liz has trained teachers in Sweden, Iceland, Romania & Greece on teaching & learning & quality assurance and set up the Bradford Work Experience team; winning a National Work Experience Award.
Resources and Publications
Liz co-created the School Mental Health Awards frameworks and guidelines for schools, boarding schools and FE colleges. She was co-author of Bradford and District Council's Careers Education & Guidance Quality Mark. Liz’s contributions are also credited in DfE publications on education business partnerships, on vocational and work-related learning, including a work experience case study, and on careers education.
Success Coaching Ltd
Director, Leadership & Wellbeing Coach / Supervisor, Trainer and Consultant
Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Award
Lead Coach & Verifier
The Mental Health in Schools Award, the Boarding School Provision Award and FE Award ensure schools and colleges are using evidence-based approaches to whole school mental health that align to professional and government guidelines. The award developmental frameworks allow schools and colleges to evaluate current mental health practices, identify gaps, develop and strengthen these and work towards building an emotionally healthier environment. Through this process, schools and colleges commit to making mental health a strategic priority and to developing a positive culture that promotes mental wellbeing for everyone.
Member of the Advisory Board
CollectivED Centre for Mentoring, Coaching and Professional Learning is based at the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. CollectivED offers opportunities to shape future practices and co-create knowledge. It aims to positively influence educational policy at institutional and national level.
Department for Education
Coach - Women Leading in Education
WLiE Y&H Annual Conference
What is a difficult conversation? Why should I act?
Difficult conversations can be stressful for the person leading them and the person with whom they are having a conversation. Participants explore how to prepare themselves using a structured framework which focuses on exploring the issue and working towards a clear outcome through professional dialogue.
Third Mental Health Knowledge Exchange in Schools
Developing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health using the School Mental Health Award Competency Framework
CollectiveEd National Conference
Using coaching to support wellbeing in schools
Northern Ireland School Mental Health Award Launch
Seaview Primary School, Belfast, a Gold award school, hosted the launch of the school mental health award in Northern Ireland. Attendees heard about the impact the award has had in schools across the UK, mainland Europe and the Middle East and the amazing work that Seaview Primary does in support of its pupils and staff.
Northern Governance Conference
Durham County Cricket Ground
How robust governance of mental health can strengthen school leadership
Wakefield Headteacher's Conference
How to further develop your whole school approach to supporting good mental health and wellbeing for those in your school’s community
Edsential: Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing Annual Conference
Using the Mental Health Award framework to develop a whole school approach to wellbeing for pupils and staff
Nurturing Hearts and Minds: Aureus Culture and Ethos Experience Day
The school mental health award and how it can support further development of your school's culture.
Introduction to Mental Health at Work
Making mental health part of wellbeing at work in your organisation; presentation and discussion
Bradford Primary Improvement Partnership
The impact of using the School Mental Health Award to improve the wellbeing of pupils and staff
Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Annual Conference
Using the key themes of the School Mental Health Award to stimulate conversations and knowledge exchanges around pupil and staff mental health
Leicester Healthy Schools Nework
Using the School Mental Health Award framework to improve the mental health and wellbeing of your pupils and staff
The Rose Learning Trust
Supporting mental health school leads in developing a whole school approach and the opportunities of collaborative professional working within a MAT
Supporting Men's Mental Health
WLiE Yorkshire & Humber Annual Conference
staff wellbeing #SelfCareIsntSelfish
Developing Great Practice for Mental Health in Schools
Elland Cluster of Schools, Calderdale
Understand the national context for mental health and wellbeing in schools. Understand the importance of staff wellbeing and share examples of great practice.
Developing Excellence for Mental Health in Schools
Pontefract Academies Trust
Understand the national context for mental health and wellbeing in schools. Develop a greater understanding of how wellbeing can be fostered and cultured in schools, share examples of great practice and reflect on content of the Green Paper
Governor Wellbeing Training
Understand the national context for wellbeing in schools. Develop a greater understanding of how wellbeing can be fostered and cultured in school. Share examples of great practice. Understand the role the Governing Body can play in supporting the wellbeing of students and staff.
Women Leading in Education / WomenEd
Self Care Isn't Selfish and the Value of Coaching
Developing a Whole School Mental Health Approach
An overview of the latest school-related evidence on mental health and strategies to design a school improvement plan around mental health and wellbeing
Terms and Conditions. All content of the Success Coaching Ltd (the Company) website remains the property of the Company and may not be used without the written permission of a company director. 1. Dates and Duration of Programmes offered through Success Coaching Ltd 1.1. All coaching and consultancy work itemised in 2.1 and 2.2 to be agreed when setting up the initial contract 1.2. Specific dates for sessions will be covered by a contract 2. Location of Coaching and Access to Staff 2.1. The Client’s business to ensure access to its staff during coaching sessions and meetings 2.2. The Client’s business to provide suitable locations for coaching sessions and meetings conducive to their success 2.2.1. The coachee will make arrangements for the identified location being available for the planned sessions 2.3. Coaching sessions and meetings not to be interrupted unless in exceptional circumstances 3. Programme Charges 3.1. Coaching is offered through this programme at a rate specified in the contract 4. Payment 4.1. Invoices for work carried out will be prepared in arrears at the end of each month and e-mailed to 4.2. Invoices to be paid within 30 days of receipt by electronic transfer (preferred method) or cheque by arrangement 5. Cancellation Arrangements and Charges 5.1. Cancellation of a session with less than 24 hours’ notice would be charged at the full rate 5.2. Modifications to the dates and times of the planned sessions to be mutually agreed to best meet the outcomes of the programme 5.3. Should the school find it necessary to end the contract early, then a period of two weeks’ notice in writing will be given 5.3.1. Success Coaching Ltd would submit an invoice for all diarised sessions up to the end of the notice period 5.3.2. No further charges would be incurred by the Client’s business. Ends