Coaching in education can lead to a complete culture change right across the school
Coaching is a perfect fit for schools. Coaching in education works at every level: local education authority, school leadership teams; teachers, and with the students and children in the classroom. Here at Liz Scott Coaching and Training we have designed several coaching programmes to support staff across a school community. These programmes include:
- The Coaching Foundation Skills programme. This is a three day training programme that is the signature programme of Liz Scott Coaching & Training
- The Coaching Skills for Leaders programme. This is a 6 day (2 full days and 4 half days) programme over the course of a year. It includes 1:1 leadership coaching
- Coaching for Teaching Assistants. Take a look at this video on the impact of the programme in one primary school. Coaching for TAs video
What is the impact of coaching in education?
A coaching culture changes behaviours and empowers people to do their own thinking, to be more independent and become decision-makers. It is about developing leaders throughout the school. This takes the weight off the school head and it provides a more dynamic and effective teaching team. Coaching is a great way to encourage independent learning in students. Some schools have taken it a step further and are now developing a cadre of Children as Coaches.
What does the National College say?
The power of coaching is widely accepted in education circles. A report by the ‘National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services’ specifically explored ways of upskilling the school workforce in times of change. This report, called ‘Creating a Coaching Culture’ (by Jo Lindon) concluded that coaching helped in, “promoting a dialogue around what constitutes ‘good teaching’ and more collaborative team-working, more effective planning, more efficient behaviour management strategies and more productive learning conversations.”
We have a practical three day training programe to support the development of a coaching culture in a school. Our most popular programme is the Coaching Foundation Skills (it is endorsed through the ILM). There is an additional (optional) assessment and accreditation process for those wishing to extend their skills and understanding.
Coaching promotes a learning culture
Coaching in education changes behaviours that are a barrier to effective working and can lead to a complete culture change personally and right across the school.
Crucially, there is also statistical evidence that children taking part in coaching in education can achieve a more marked improvement in their grades, compared to children without the coaching.
Ofsted recognises the connection between coaching and leadership
Good leadership is pivotal to a good school. Ofsted recognises this on many levels. In a report called Developing Leadership Ofsted notes that: “Coaching and mentoring successfully underpinned training and development.” In another report (Good Professional Standards in Schools) Ofsted recommends that schools, “Extend their understanding of and expertise in coaching.” We find that schools that invest in 1:1 executive coaching for their leaders are noticing a real difference. Check out this case study of one primary school in Devon.
A coaching approach in a school can make a real difference for active and independent learning. This short presentation can give you an overview of the impact that coaching can have in the classroom