In these post-pandemic times, it’s worryingly easy to find highly capable teachers, headteachers and leaders who are seriously questioning how much longer they can go on. At Partners in Joy, our aspiration is for people across the teaching profession to love their job again. But we’re not naïve. We know that joyblockers like overwhelm, self-sacrifice and toxic productivity can make this seem an impossible dream.
One course won’t change the system but what if it helped you to focus on the things you can change, empowering you to create more balance in your life and feel good about your work again.
To experience joy in your work, you need to be physically and emotionally well. You need headspace to really reflect and the right people around you to inspire you. You need expert support and resources that will get you thinking and provide you with tools you can use yourself, and with your teams, long after the course is over. Joyblockers and how to get rid of them – The Programme provides all of this.
You’ll be working with us, Partners in Joy, and a group of like-minded educators who are as ready for change as you are. The focus? Getting rid of your personal joyblockers, finding joy in the career you once loved and challenging what needs changing within the system.
Join us and you’ll be
This session is all about getting to know yourself and each other and the programme. We want you to really look forward to each session, so this is an opportunity to
Losing the joy in your work and your life usually means losing sight of yourself. Here’s an important opportunity to make friends with yourself again and find ways to enjoy your life more.
Overwhelm is hands down the number one joyblocker we see when we work with teachers and leaders. It brings a heavy mental and emotional strain. We all need strategies for lightening the load and building confidence to assert our needs.
Together you can clarify and practise
To prevent you getting to the point of feeling ‘I just can’t do this anymore’, you need to establish habits and routines that put your own wellbeing first. But how do you find a place for them within all your other work and personal commitments?
This session explores how to
Never feel good enough? Are you living according to someone else’s version of what it is to be successful? It’s time to re-evaluate how you measure success by
Stress and anxiety are endemic in the teaching profession. Managing anxiety and stress involves understanding what they are, how they function and what they do to you. You also need to know how to recover from the impact of stress hormones.
Now you can learn simple strategies for
Leadership courses often endorse being your authentic self at work, yet don’t factor in the extent to which vulnerability is part of being true to yourself. What if the culture you work in views vulnerability as weakness? When people feel awkward showing their vulnerability, how can you create conditions where it’s safe to be vulnerable?
Here you have a rare opportunity to
If putting your own needs first leaves you feeling selfish then you’re caught in the ‘virtue trap’ and the consequences can be dire.
In this session we’ll dig deep
When you are worn down, you are more likely to comply with the demands of the system, not least because you don’t have the energy to resist those demands. When you live a joyful life, you do have that energy but the system you are part of may not look favourably on your resistance.
The politics of joy means
Time to look back on how far you’ve come. Change needs momentum so we’ll take this opportunity create a plan for your next steps including
We have designed the programme as 10 online sessions running from 19.30 – 21.00 on Mondays. We hope this means you can attend from the comfort of your home and from a space where you won’t be interrupted. The ‘doors’ will open 15 minutes before the start of each session giving you time to check your webcam, audio and mic are all fully functioning.
We believe the most important part of the programme is the opportunity to build a community of support with individuals who are committed to personal and systemic change. This means a significant part of the online sessions will be small breakout groups (3 – 4 people) for meaningful discussions, plus collaborating together as a whole group.
Fruitful discussions happen when individuals feel safe to be open, honest and vulnerable so we will establish a group agreement in the first session that highlights the importance of confidentiality.
The reflection process plays such an important part in personal growth so we ask everyone to use a reflective journal for the duration of the programme. Each session will have some dedicated reflection time. You will be able to record your thoughts and feelings using whatever medium you prefer – notebook, phone, voice notes, sketch pad.
Each group member joins the secure membership site for the programme and receives a personal log in. Ahead of each session, the details of the pre-work are added to the site and group members receive an email notification for this.
We expect the pre-work to take 30 – 45 minutes to complete.
To make the most of each session, and the programme as a whole, you will benefit from completing all the tasks in advance.
To build the community further, we also offer an opportunity to communicate together outside of the online sessions. For those interested, this will be a WhatsApp or Facebook group. We know connecting in this way can be really helpful to share successes, offer support and keep momentum going. The membership of any group will be optional and we will agree clear guidelines for use before it is opened.
There are 10 sessions lasting 90 minutes with 30 – 45 minutes pre-work so the minimum time commitment is 20 hours.
There is an option to have a coaching session with one of the Siobhan or Maureen. If you opt for this, it would involve an additional hour to your time commitment.
Session 1 : 9th January
Session 2 : 16th January
Session 3 : 23rd January
Session 4 : 6th February
Session 5 : 20th February
Session 6 : 6th March
Session 7 : 20th March
Session 8 : 17th April
Session 9 : 24th April
Session 10 : 8th May
This introductory offer includes
The optional one to one coaching session with one of the facilitators is £100 (plus VAT).
Click the link below for a pdf containing key information to share with budget holders.
To register for the programme, please complete the confidential document at Registration – Joyblockers and how to get rid of them
Once we have received your registration, we hope to secure your place and will email you to confirm and share the programme contract within 2 – 3 working days.
You will receive an invoice with bank transfer details so that payment can be made before the start of the programme.
If, in the current circumstances, an upfront payment is not possible for you, please acknowledge this in the registration form and we will contact you regarding a payment plan.
If you have any other questions, you can contact us on [email protected]