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Solving Difficult Problems


Wednesday 3rd July 2024
9.30am to 3.30pm


Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Business Park, Blackburn, BB1 2QE


£175 per delegate and £125 per second delegate for schools with an adviser SLA with DBE Services
£190 per delegate for all other schools


Paul Duckworth – Head of School Improvement 

Paul established DBE Services school improvement service in April 2020 and has considerable experience as a primary teacher, headteacher, leadership trainer and school adviser in Lancashire.
DBE Services provides school adviser support for 140 schools across the Northwest of England and Paul presents training for school leaders and governors across the region. Paul is an experienced leadership coach and facilitator.



Dr Mike Rotheram – High Performance Coach

Mike is an HCPC Registered Performance Psychologist and Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. He is the Director of Performance Mind Ltd and currently works as the Performance Psychologist with the England Women’s Cricket Team. He also works as a Psychology Technical Lead within the English Institute of Sport supporting GB Boxing, British Athletics, GB Para Table Tennis and Cricket. Mike has a wealth of experience in the world of performance. He has been through three Olympic cycles with the GB Speed Skating team and recently finished working with the England Lions Cricket team. Mike completed his PhD in 2007 at Sheffield Hallam University. His PhD looked at the psychological mechanisms which underpin severe performance breakdowns such as the ‘yips.’ Over the past 10 years, he has worked as a performance consultant within education, business, and health. He has worked extensively within Lancashire Education Authority delivering leadership training and coaching. He has also worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Boots and the NHS bringing the principles of performance psychology to the front line. Mike is a passionate and engaging presenter who brings the theory to life with his rich experience of working on the coalface in elite sport. 

On the day

This session will help you become a better problem solver or should we say a better problem cleaner. When you find yourself stuck with a problem, it is often the frame through which we view the problem that causes us to get stuck. This frame is often filtered with our biases, experiences, preferences, and values of what ’should’ be happening. On occasions, this method will work, but if you are stuck, the one thing we know for sure is that you have the wrong frame around the problem. We will teach you a series of mini-thought experiments that can be used anytime and anywhere. These are designed to help you untangle from the current frame you have and help you to see the world more cleanly. Once you have a better frame around the problem, you can then think about solving the problem.

You will find that with a new frame, the options available to you become more obvious which in turn helps to collapse the problem into something in which you can take immediate action.

Delegate charge  

£175 per delegate for SLA schools

£125 per second delegate for SLA schools

 £190 per delegate for non-SLA Schools

Includes buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day

Free onsite parking

& a copy of

Pig Wrestling

The Brilliantly Simple Way to Solve and Problem and Create the Change You Need

Delegates who are also attending the two day ‘Leading A World Class School’ course with Paul & Mike will receive a discount (as these programmes complement each other so well)… the charge for those delegates will be £125 (making a total charge of £425 for a three day programme) – £450 for schools without a DBE SLA.

Please note:
VAT will be added to all course fees. Any cancellations within 14 days of the course will be charged in full – as final places will have been confirmed with the venue at that time.

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