I was interviewed, at the beginning of this year, by Simon Currigan of Beacon School Support for an article published on their website.

The Beacon School Support team conducted the DiSC profiling process and reported they found it a useful process, particularly with identifying strengths across their team.

This article helps to illustrate what DiSC Profiling is, how it works, and how the benefits permeate through a school.

Simon takes up the article from here, with a series of questions I was happy to answer:

I’ve invited Faye Whittle, who’s an experienced Inclusion Consultant, to discuss how schools can use DiSC profiles to build teams that make molehills out of mountains (and not vice versa!)

What do leadership teams need to do well to meet the current challenges in schools?

Schools face many challenges – governance, legislation, social challenges, budgetary challenges… and not least a global pandemic!

That means school leaders and their teams need to be able to work together effectively and quickly.

Leadership teams must have a range of strengths – not just in the area of technical expertise – but also the ‘softer’ skills that training doesn’t often provide.  

How is personality and behaviour analysis valuable to schools?

Understanding your own personality preferences – and the preferences of others – is crucial to effective working.

Considerations such as how do you process information, how do you prefer to communicate, how much detail do you need, what are the conditions you need to be effective, what values are most important to you, are all vital components. 

Think about the elite sports teams that we see achieving winning results. Each player knows their position, the coach knows the strengths of each individual player and the strength of the team combined.

They also know the areas of weakness and action areas. The players learn how to communicate with each other and are motivated through their desire to achieve a common goal.

Our school leadership teams are no different in terms of the training and support needed to ensure they are effective and achieve the school’s ambition.

But quite often this preparation is overlooked.  When the team needs to be at its peak performance, that understanding is lacking.

So communication is ineffective – and opportunities are lost. That’s why we use the DiSC process.  It helps school leaders understand the personalities (and behaviours) of key members of their team

How easy is the process?

Team members answer a short online questionnaire about their preferences.

We generate a comprehensive report from their answers that provides insight to the individual on:

  • what drives them
  • what their communication needs are
  • what environment they feel most comfortable in
  • how they prefer to process information. 

Do teachers have to make sense of the report themselves?

The findings of the report are provided in a feedback session with an accredited coach. Potential areas for personal growth are discussed along with tips on how to work with people that have different preferences to themselves.

Then we put together a report that looks at the dynamics of the entire group. This gives you the strengths of the team and lets you know where there are areas of challenge, or blind spots.

Leaders get in-depth insight into their team’s individual and combined areas, so they can see where this aligns with the school’s strategic priorities and where there may be potential gaps.

How have other schools used this information? What was the impact?

DiSC gives individuals a way to communicate about themselves without feeling judged. Often, emotions are entirely left out of the conversation when discussing a person’s DiSC style because DiSC focuses on our behaviours. 

Teachers have positively reported that it provides insight into the personalities, preferences and styles of the colleagues they work alongside and helps to prevent conflict.  That insight also helps ensure all voices are heard during meetings – or when decisions need to be made.

Using this knowledge can also help teachers to improve relationships with parents and students that they might have struggled to communicate effectively with in the past.

And, of course, school leaders are using this to improve how their teams interact and make decisions.

If you feel that DiSC profiling would benefit your school, you can arrange a no obligation call with me to discuss further. To set up a discovery call please email info@fayewhittle.co.uk so we can talk about the challenges and opportunities facing your school at the moment.

If you would like to go ahead, we’ll quickly send you links to an assessment and book in a feedback session.  I work with Lynsey Kitching accredited (DiSC provider and leadership coach) to provide this support.

With thanks to Simon Currigan of Beacon Schools Support for his permission in republishing some of his article.

Black Friday Offer – 10% off DiSC profiling for your school available until Friday 3rd December 2021. Submit an enquiry via our dedicated DiSC page.