1.1 Why are you here?

By signing up to this course, it is clear that you want to improve staff wellbeing as a priority in your organisation – that is great!

All of the changemaker leaders enrolled in this course will have different motivations for this and as a cohort, if we are to work together successfully, we should share our driving motivations with the group. To hear my motivations, please watch the video clip below.

‘Making Entry’

At Big Education, we believe that fundamental change only happens when there is a foundation of strong relationships. Fundamental, long-lasting changes can only be made in organisations in which there is a high level of trust.

So, how do we build trust? This is obviously a complex and long term process. However, one way to start building this straight away as through a process called ‘making entry’. Making entry allows people the opportunity to get to know you as a whole person, rather than just a professional. It is a chance to share your motivations, your passions or your worries. It might take the form of sharing something about you growing up, your family or how you spend your free time. At Big Education and our schools, we aim to build an element of ‘making entry’ into every meeting or event – this is a chance for the people in our organisations to get to know each other and start (or continue) the process of building trust. In the video below, Big Education co-Director, Liz Robinson explores the ‘what, why and how’ of ‘making entry’.

An example of making entry is my video above! Now you know a bit more about me as a course leader, why I am here and what I hope to get from this experience.

Now it is your turn!

The first task you have is to introduce yourself to the cohort, using the community feature of this course. You should all have access to this.

Go to the forum for this course and make your first post! Introduce yourself using the following framework (but feel free to add more if you wish):

  • Your name
  • Your organisation (and type if it is not obvious)
  • Your location
  • Why you feel staff wellbeing needs to be a priority
  • Why this matters to you personally
  • What you want from this course
  • What are the barriers to positive staff wellbeing in your context

Please write your introduction in the making entry section of the community forum if you would like to respond by uploading a video of yourself, please upload to a platform such as YouTube first, and then post the link in the community forum.

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