Back to School….. and beyond 2019-20

Starting: January 21, 2020 | 4:00pm - 5:30pm

This programme is designed to support, guide and empower individuals to return to the classroom after a career break. This break could be for a range of reasons including maternity leave or paternity leave. Delegates will approach key areas of personal development including next steps coaching, strengths and self -belief work, building networks, a school observation day, time management and bespoke teaching and learning support e.g. behaviour management.

Programme to include:

  • School immersion day
  • 1-2-1 coaching with Senior Management Coach and Consultant
  • Online Personal Profiling Assessment

Who for:

Teachers looking to return to the classroom following a career break.


  • To enable individuals to feel confident to apply for teaching positions or return to work following a career break
  • To enable delegates to access individually tailored, bespoke coaching with an external senior management coach and consultant
  • To give individuals the confidence to seek positions that they may have felt were unattainable
  • To provide returner teachers with a professional network
  • To update and refresh teaching skills and experience following a career break
  • To provide delegates with next steps support through Alban TSA Professional Learning opportunities


Session 1 Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 4pm-5.30pm at Sandringham School
Session 2 Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 9.30-11.30am at Sandringham School
Session 3 Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 9.30-11.30am at Sandringham School
Session 4 School Immersion day
Session 5 Monday,  30th March 2020, 9.30-11.30am at Sandringham School
Session 6 Monday, 11th May 2020, 9.30-11.30am at Sandringham School

Delegates will need to email their Teacher Reference Number (TRN) to immediately after booking on this course.

Meet the facilitators

James Heale is the founder of Flywheel Learning, which aims to support schools, Trusts and individuals through leadership coaching, development programmes and whole-school improvement work to help them unleash their full potential.
James was the Headteacher of Vyners School and Executive Headteacher of the Vanguard Learning Trust in West London from 2012-2018, overseeing a significant improvement in outcomes, Ofsted and culture during that time. He is the PiXL Regional Leader for North London and South-East England; leads the PiXL Character strategy and has helped to develop the Engagement Leadership and Exceptional Senior Leaders programmes for the School of PiXL Leadership. James is the Head of Secondary Education for Tower Hamlets Education Partnership in East London, working with nineteen schools in one of London’s most deprived and diverse boroughs.
James has a wealth of experience delivering training for the SSAT, PiXL, Middlesex University, St Mary’s University College and a large number of schools and Trusts. He has led training for the SSAT for their Aspiring Leaders, Aspirant Headteachers, New Headteacher and Leading-Edge programmes.


Jessica Chivers, author, coaching psychologist and founder of The Talent Keeper Specialists (

Back story
Aged about nine Jessica asked her mum, Linda, whether “woman” was a contraction of “womb” and “man” and why we couldn’t have a name of our own. She remembers her delighting in her thinking but not having an answer. She was a liberal, single-parent teacher and used to let her watch TV other parents probably wouldn’t (LA Law, Dynasty, hard-hitting documentaries). The programme about women on death row for killing abusive partners set Jessica on course to become a lawyer age 11. Instead she went on to study psychology and became a feminist without knowing there was a name for it. She had the Fawcett Society’s ‘This is What a Feminist Looks Like’ T-Shirt long before it got caught in the media storm.

Jessica now leads a team of executive coaches who work with employers to maximise the potential of employees preparing for and returning from any type of extended leave and when stepping into leadership and stretch roles. Jessica is herself an AC accredited Executive Coach with 14 years experience and continues in a practitioner role alongside her responsibilities as CEO. She describes her coaching approach as practical, strengths-based and solution-focussed.

She is on the British Psychological Society’s media list and enjoy stints on BBC News, Sky News, radio and discussions with print journalists on working parenthood, returning to work and leadership.

Find out more at and on Twitter & Insta @TalentKeepersUK and @jesschivers.


Alison Diana, Director APD Consulting & Coaching Ltd, is an ICF certified and post graduate qualified management and executive Coach. She is also an accountant and experienced Internal Auditor to director level, having spent most of her career in the Financial Services Industry. She set up her coaching practice in 2015 and has a passion for connecting with people, helping individuals and businesses to grow and realise their potential. Offerings include 1:1 coaching; group coaching; workshops; business development groups; and culture reviews.

Alison’s coaching style is warm but challenging, enthusiastic and encouraging, helping clients to raise their self-awareness and take responsibility to attain their goals and understand their impact. Alison is flexible in approach and adapts to the client’s needs, making use of appropriate tools and techniques that get the best results for her clients. Alison is also qualified to administer the emotional intelligence assessment tool EQ-i 2.0.


Rebecca Dawson is a Geography and Sociology teacher at Sandringham School where she is the SMSC coordinator and a member of the PLT. Rebecca is currently completing a Masters in Applied Leadership and Management where she is doing research on staff engagement on new initiatives.