Dr Emma Kell

Founder and Director of Those That Can limited, Emma Kell’s energies are channelled into helping dedicated professional thrive in work and in life.
FEE : £1k – £3k+

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Emma is director of Those That Can Ltd with 26 years of experience as a teacher and leader in UK schools. 

Through Those That Can, she works with professionals within and beyond the world of education to provide research-based, practical sessions to promote wellbeing and effectiveness and stakeholder engagement.

She is a qualified Performance Coach and experienced speaker and facilitator. Emma writes for a variety of publications including TES and BBC Teach.
She has completed a doctorate on teacher well-being and parenting at Middlesex University and is author of How To Survive in Teaching (Bloomsbury, 2018) and A Little Guide For Teachers: Wellbeing and Self-Care and A Little Guide for Teachers: Engaging Parents and Carers.

She is currently writing her fourth book, Real Lives of Teachers, due for publication with Sage Education in 2024. She can be found at https://www.those-that- can.com/Emma is also Mum to two teenagers and a golden retriever.

Book Dr Emma Kell

All sessions are tailored to the unique needs, ethos and requirements of each group or organisation. Context is research- and experience- based and approaches are pragmatic, dynamic, positive and can combine presentation with group discussions and opportunities for individual reflection.

Participants will be left feeling ‘seen and heard’, invigorated and with a powerful sense of perspective and clarity about their next steps. Audiences include leaders at all levels, new professionals, smaller teams and whole staff bodies.

Featured Topics Include:

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Wellbeing and Effectiveness

For staff teams or colleagues working in similar roles (e.g. leaders, new professionals). You will leave with practical, no-cost strategies for looking after yourselves and one another.

· Self-efficacy and ‘humans first’: what do we mean by wellbeing and effectiveness
· Values and moral purpose: holding your moral compass tightly
· Perspective: what really matters? Managing your attention and emotional energy
· Workload and current challenges: what does the landscape look like for you and your team? Strategies for managing the never-ending to-do list
· Balance and self-care: what do you need in order to flourish? Stress signs and signals
· Relationships: giving what you can and taking what you need
· Agency: you have more control than you might imagine. The power of humour.

2
Courageous Conversations

For leaders at all levels. You will leave with tools and strategies for impactful conversations with positive, lasting outcomes.

· Professional courage: what does it mean to you?
· Introducing VIEW – a new framework for courageous conversations
· Current challenges: controlling the controllables
· Knowing and articulating what you stand for: your values and moral purpose
· Impact: being clear about how you want change to look
· Emotions and empathy: let’s talk about feelings – how they are or might be and how you want them to be
· The practicalities and a chance to practise your conversation

3
Building Trust and Empowerment with Lessons from Coaching

For all those interested in building coaching cultures of trust, empowerment and positive impact.
You will leave with a wide range of tools and approaches for use at home and at work to help you and others gain clarity and perspective.

· Clarifying and communicating identity and values
· Understanding emotions and managing your emotional energy
· Boundaries, control and intentionality
· Change and future-planning
· Balance and self-care
· Perspective, self-efficacy and defining ‘success’
· Attaining clarity
· Enriching your relationships and networks
· Efficiency and effectiveness

4
Having it all? Finding fulfilment in work and life

For professionals who find themselves juggling their own needs with the needs of others. You will leave feeling intentional and confident about your boundaries, what success looks like to you and that you are, indeed, ‘good enough’.

· Bringing your whole self to work - and remembering to bring your whole self home again
· Performative cultures and definitions of ’success’ – what legacy do you want to leave?
· Compassion stress and burnout – protecting ourselves and one another
· Barriers to balance: personal, institutional and societal
· Enablers at personal, institutional and societal levels
· Where are you now – where do you want to be? Planning practical ways forward
· What works? Tips from research and experience for individuals and organisations

1
Wellbeing and Effectiveness

For staff teams or colleagues working in similar roles (e.g. leaders, new professionals). You will leave with practical, no-cost strategies for looking after yourselves and one another.

· Self-efficacy and ‘humans first’: what do we mean by wellbeing and effectiveness
· Values and moral purpose: holding your moral compass tightly
· Perspective: what really matters? Managing your attention and emotional energy
· Workload and current challenges: what does the landscape look like for you and your team? Strategies for managing the never-ending to-do list
· Balance and self-care: what do you need in order to flourish? Stress signs and signals
· Relationships: giving what you can and taking what you need
· Agency: you have more control than you might imagine. The power of humour.

2
Courageous Conversations

For leaders at all levels. You will leave with tools and strategies for impactful conversations with positive, lasting outcomes.

· Professional courage: what does it mean to you?
· Introducing VIEW – a new framework for courageous conversations
· Current challenges: controlling the controllables
· Knowing and articulating what you stand for: your values and moral purpose
· Impact: being clear about how you want change to look
· Emotions and empathy: let’s talk about feelings – how they are or might be and how you want them to be
· The practicalities and a chance to practise your conversation

3
Building Trust and Empowerment with Lessons from Coaching

For all those interested in building coaching cultures of trust, empowerment and positive impact.
You will leave with a wide range of tools and approaches for use at home and at work to help you and others gain clarity and perspective.

· Clarifying and communicating identity and values
· Understanding emotions and managing your emotional energy
· Boundaries, control and intentionality
· Change and future-planning
· Balance and self-care
· Perspective, self-efficacy and defining ‘success’
· Attaining clarity
· Enriching your relationships and networks
· Efficiency and effectiveness

4
Having it all? Finding fulfilment in work and life

For professionals who find themselves juggling their own needs with the needs of others. You will leave feeling intentional and confident about your boundaries, what success looks like to you and that you are, indeed, ‘good enough’.

· Bringing your whole self to work - and remembering to bring your whole self home again
· Performative cultures and definitions of ’success’ – what legacy do you want to leave?
· Compassion stress and burnout – protecting ourselves and one another
· Barriers to balance: personal, institutional and societal
· Enablers at personal, institutional and societal levels
· Where are you now – where do you want to be? Planning practical ways forward
· What works? Tips from research and experience for individuals and organisations

Individual-Speakers-Quote

Dr Emma Kell, EdD, is an experienced teacher, senior leader, researcher and public speaker. Her extensive knowledge of England’s education system is manifest in her work, which forms the basis for her well crafted, well articulated and edgy speeches. As with her research, Dr Kell’s practice as a teacher/ school leader, as well as her work in public speaking, firmly combines key conceptual elements of social justice – such as respect and equity. I have known Dr Kell for the last 10 years, and I can testify of her professionalism, her positive work ethic, and her ability to work with diverse audiences. Dr Kell is an inspiration, and an inspirational speaker, and to work with her is the fruit of common sense."

Head of School of Education, University of Greenwich

Individual-Speakers-Quote

Emma’s warmth, wisdom and insight really resonated with all staff. Emma truly ‘gets it’ and could therefore match the realities of teaching with practical advice that staff could use immediately to help with their own wellbeing and help manage their workload. Staff were positively buzzing after Emma’s inspiring keynote and their requests to hear more from her have now been met and we look forward to welcoming her back for more staff training. She is also one of the loveliest people to work with!"

Townley Grammar School

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