Workshop resilience with Maggie Farrar

by | Jul 20, 2021 | Bush Voices

Country Education Partnership (CEP) and Victorian Principals Association (VPA) have partnered with international education expert Maggie Farrar to offer a series of workshops for individuals, schools and partnerships. 
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This series of three workshops will explore how you can cultivate resilience at individual, organisational and partnership levels and will provide you with practices and tools to be shared within your teams.

“These past few years have been like no other for all of us, universally. We now know the world to be far more unstable and uncertain than we ever realised. It has become part of our collective shared humanity.”

“The scars in the world’s education system as a result of this year go deep but at the same time we have a once in a life time opportunity to both recover, renew and reimagine our schools, and create a COVID legacy that will have a lasting positive impact.”

“There is evidence that the more connected a system is, the more it is able to withstand shock, recover well, and cultivate collaborative resilience. Our resilience as individuals, schools and as partnerships will therefore be central to our journey through, and beyond the COVID-19 era.”


Maggie has worked as a school leader in London and in Birmingham. She was the Director of Leadership Development and Research at the National College for School Leadership and interim Chief Executive. Since training as a mindfulness teacher with the OMC her work has focused on the ‘inner life of leaders’ and the power and potential of mindfulness practices to transform schools. She has worked with over 400 school leaders in England and Australia, supporting them with mindfulness practices during this time of COVID-19.

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This series is free to financial members of both CEP and VPA. Schools must register all staff members wanting to take part in this series. The cost for non financial members schools is $50 per school.

Workshop 1

Wednesday 28 July 2021 | 4:30 – 6:00 pm (AEST)

In this workshop we will explore:
• What we mean by personal resilience and how we can cultivate this in our daily
practice as leaders and as teachers?

  • Specifically how do we deal with overwhelm, setbacks, self doubt and uncertainty as leaders and teachers and still remain grounded, stable and purposeful?
  • The power of ‘moral purpose’ in cultivating resilience in the face of challenge and uncertainty.Workshop 2 Wednesday 4 August 2021 | 4:30 – 6:00 pm (AEST)

    In Workshop 2 we will explore:

  • What we mean by organisational resilience and how we cultivate it
  • What role resilient organisations play in cultivating resilient young people and communities?
  • How we cultivate a culture of resilience for all within and between our schools that also embraces compassion, kindness, hope and optimism?Workshop 3 Thursday 2 September 2021 | 4:30 – 6:00 pm (AEST)

    In this workshop we will explore:
    • How our practice of personal resilience and the development of organisational
    resilience in schools support the maturity of our clusters, networks and/or partnerships?

    • How we strengthen our collective moral purpose and not only be more able to withstand future shock and disruption, but thrive and flourish as a result of it?

Audiences are welcome to participate in all three workshops or may select only individual sessions. This series is suitable for any members of school staff (including middle and senior leaders).

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