Demonstrating the healthy confidence to stand up for your beliefs and ideas while not coming across defensive, is an invaluable tool to have in the classroom and in the staff room. However, it is a challenge for most school leaders, staff and teachers to be advocates for themselves.

When you are assertive, you are calm, confident, direct and honest. Assertiveness can help you make a positive impact at work, ensuring that you are perceived the way you intend to be and get the results you are looking for no matter the context.

Attend our Confident Communication and Assertiveness course led by Communications Coach, Anne Walsh, to enhance and practice best ways of assertiveness, helping you to become a more decisive, influential person and communicate effectively to yield results.

Through a series of practical role-play scenarios designed to develop your communication style, put your confidence and assertiveness to the test and receive individual, professional feedback to take back to your organisation.

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

Please note we will use Zoom to virtually deliver this course.

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Anne Walsh
Communications Coach

Anne Walsh is a Dialect, Voice and Vocal Communications Coach with extensive one-to-one and group business coaching experience in the private, corporate, public and charitable sectors with clients from the fields of Finance, Law, HR, Music, Publishing, Politics, Property, Local Government, Psychotherapy, Science, Medicine, Media, Art, Health and Well-being, IT, Teaching, Accountancy, Consultancy, Interior Design, Fashion, Journalism, Research, Secretarial and Administration, Higher Education (Lecturers and MA\PhD students.)

She was Voice and Communications Trainer at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama from 2008-2012 and designed and delivered in-house training in London, nationally, and in Europe, ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn how to motivate and engage apathetic pupils and colleagues
  • Learn how to make your point clearly and concisely
  • Build your confidence to be able to manage and lead others
  • Learn the foundation skills of principled discussion and negotiation
  • Take away guidance on dealing with difficult conversations and managing conflict
  • Examine what confident assertiveness means and recognise the barriers to being confidently assertive

In-House Option



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07.25 - 07.30


07.30 - 07.45

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

07.45 - 08.30

Assertiveness in Schools

In this opening session delegates will analyse core elements of assertiveness

  • Define what Principled Negotiation is?
  • Develop your skills to build objectivity
  • Define what assertiveness is using the four-point Model of Assertion
  • When to be assertive? How assertive are you?
  • Learn how cognitive bias and overly-subjective thinking cloud objective judgement
  • Pinpointing barriers to being assertive with different people and situations
  • Connecting assertiveness to self-esteem, values and confidence
  • Assertive attitudes and behaviours for confident communication
  • Berne’s Three Ego States in the Transactional Analysis Model
08.30 - 09.15

Assertive Language in the School

  • Assertive language: How to say what you want and what you don’t want
  • Paraphrasing and clarifying to assist clear, direct, concise communication
  • Body language: Posture, proxemics, gesture and eye-contact
  • Communication and personal impact: Using breathing and voice tools to keep calm and exert strength
  • Setting clear boundaries to deliver concise messages: Positive goal setting, setting limits, taking responsibility and accepting consequences
  • Use confident assertive language to develop your creativity when problem-solving
  • Positive language: Positive verbal techniques for building rapport with assertion
09.15 - 09.30

Morning Break

09.30 - 11.00

Managing Difficult Conversations and Conflict

Through a series of practical exercises, delegates will learn how to manage difficult conversations and conflict

  • The nature of conflict in the classroom or staff room.
  • Responding creatively to conflict in the classroom or staff room: where’s the value?
  • Learn the best ways to approach difficult conversations
  • Know how to adapt your approach when managing different people
  • Understand how to approach difficult conversations and produce positive outcomes for everyone

Practical scenarios:

(1) “Saying No”

(2) “Asking for a Change in Behaviour”

(3) The Persistent Requesting Technique

11.00 - 12.00


12.00 - 14.00

Workshop: Assertiveness in Action

  • Effectively use the skills that you have learnt throughout the day to become more assertive
  • Clearly make your point and control over the impact you have
  • Successfully deal with difficult people and situations

Practical scenarios:

(1) Dealing with a person being aggressive

(2) Dealing with a person being passive/passive-aggressive

(3) Dealing with bad-tempered people

(4) Helping others to be assertive

(5) Asking for what you want

(6) Dealing with difficult people in meetings

14.00 - 14.15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


International Schools

Delegate Price


"The training exceeded my expectations as I learnt quite a lot in the session, especially during the role play scenarios. It wasn't just a lot of theory that we had to process."
Penny van NiekerkRecruitment Officer, The International School of The Hague
"Suppose you are an aspiring leader but are worried about being assertive or managing conflict. In that case, this course can help you overcome those barriers giving you the tools you need to be a good communicator."
Stephen BraithwaiteHead of Primary, Doha British School, Al Wakra Campus