Before the day

Information we need from you

Please email your trainer with the names and roles of those attending, no later than 3 weeks before your first training day.

Pre-coursework for all attendees

As an attendee, you’ll get more from the day if you do this one piece of pre-work:

  1. 2-3 weeks before the day attendees need to download and complete this sheet:
    This asks you some questions about about a current difficult conversation you need to have, not one you’ve already had. The issue might be one you are already talking about but hasn’t been resolved or one you need to start a talking about.
  2. We recommend everyone gives us their hardest conversation because then we can help you most.
  3. Please send the completed sheets to your trainer who will have been introduced to you in your confirmation email.

You don’t have to fill this in before the day, but it helps people focus on the conversation they need to have most of all.

What we need on the day

For online delivery (our standard approach as we feel this gets the best results), we just need the internet connection gods to be smiling on us 🙂

If we are delivering in person, we will also need:

All courses need:

  • A room for the day where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Enough tables and chairs for everyone, set out as boardroom or horse shoe.
  • A flip chart stand and pad.

For the Core skills, Flexing you leadership style, Get to the point and Tools & Techniques training days:

  • In the afternoon we will need a second room if we have 7-12 people on the course, and a third room if we have 13-18 people.
  • A screen and computer we can plug a USB in to or access our GDrive from – for presentation slides (Core skills only).

For the Legal Awareness day:

  • We will also need a projector to connect our laptop.


Scroll down to find the agenda for your training day.

All full days normally start at 09:30 and finish by 16:00.

Day 1 – Core skills                       

09:30   10:00    Welcome and aims of the day

10:00   11:00    Making sure your message is heard

11:00    11:15    Break

11:15     11:45    Managing the emotions

11:45     12:30    Structuring your difficult conversation for success

12:30    13:00    Lunch

13:00    13:15    Preparing your difficult conversations

13:15     15:45    Practising your difficult conversations for success (incls break)

15:45     16:00    Close

Day 2 – Adapting your leadership style                                    

09:30    10:30     Knowing which approach is best to use

10:30     11:00     Activity prep

11:00      11:10    Break

11:10      12:00     Practising mentoring

12:00     12:30    Lunch

12:30     13:20     Practising directing

13:20     14:10      Practising coaching

14:10     14:20     Break

14:20     15:10      Practising delegating

15:10     15:30      Close

Day 3 – Legal Awareness  

09:30     10:45    Section One – Core legal framework for managing employees

  • Relevant documents
  • An outline of disciplinary structures
  • The law of unfair dismissal

10:45     11:00    Break

11:00     12:00    Section Two – Managing capability within the legal framework

  • Basic three stage procedure
  • Top mistakes to avoid

12:00     12:30    Lunch

12:30     14:00    Section Three – Sickness and Disability

  • Managing sickness absence
  • Managing long-term sickness absence
  • Understanding and avoiding disability discrimination

14:00     14:15     Break

14:15     15:00     Wrap up

Day 4 – Get to the point

09:30     10:00    Update on your difficult conversations

10:00     10:30    4 ways to open the conversation

10:30     11:00    3 Common traps to avoid in your opening sentence

11:00      11:15     Break

11:15       11:45    2 new structures for your difficult conversation

11:45      12:15    Making sure you’re having the right conversation

12:15      12:30    Role play prep

12:30     13:00     Lunch

13:00     13:15    Preparing your difficult conversations

13:15      15:45    Practising your difficult conversations for success (incls break)

15:45      16:00    Wrap up

Day 5 – Tools and Techniques   

09:30    10:00      Update on your difficult conversations

10:00     11:00     Tools and techniques so you can be versatile in a difficult conversation

11:00      11:15     Break

11:15      12:00     Tools and techniques so you can be versatile in a difficult conversation

12:00     12:30    Lunch

12:30     13:00     Preparing your difficult conversations

13:00     15:30      Practising your difficult conversations for success (incls break)

15:30     15:45     Wrap up

What to expect

How is your training delivered?

The most effective way of delivering this training is online using zoom. You can join from one location on one device or from multiple locations on multiple devices. Your trainer will send you the zoom meeting link beforehand, please share the link with all the participants.

Who delivers your training?

We will introduce you to your trainer in advance of your session. You can learn more about our trainers here

Your trainer will introduce themselves to you via email thereafter and answer any pre-course questions you may have.

What can you expect on the day?

We’re here to help you move those difficult conversations forward so expect lots of learning and self-reflection.

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What if a member of the team changes?
Let your trainer know and they will let you if it’s appropriate for them to join at this stage or a later stage.

What if I need to change a date?
This can affect the course and the impact we can make so we prefer if it you don’t. However, sometimes it is unavoidable. Please get in touch with your trainer and they will do what they can. We don’t like to charge cancellation fees if dates have to be moved, but sometimes we need to. You can see details of these charges at

We might need to charge for travel if we’ve booked tickets.

What if Ofsted call on a training day?
Let us know as soon as you can and we’ll cancel the training day (no charge) and be in touch a little while after they have gone (good luck!).

What if I have a question you haven’t answered?

If you have any questions about your training not covered here or in your booking confirmation e-mail please get in touch with your trainer.



We really don’t like charging schools cancellation fees so we want to be transparent and make you aware that cancellation charges will apply from 2 weeks before your training date (not including the date itself).

Please click on the following link for our terms and conditions:

We might need to charge for travel if we’ve booked tickets.