Coaching

Coaching is the art of facilitating the performance, learning and the development of another

Myles Downey.

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a process that unlocks a person’s potential in order to maximize performance. It is helping them to learn rather than instructing them and it focuses on future possibilities not past mistakes.

It involves a coach working with a coachee, using the GROW model, to help them formulate clear goals and then examine the gap between their current reality and their goal in order to come up with options and strategies on how they can achieve it. Finally any barriers or obstacles to their commitment are dismantled or minimised. The whole process is non-directive and involves no advice being given. The coachee holds the means to achieving their goal and the coach’s job is help them achieve clarity and remove any interferences that may prevent them from succeeding.

Coaching is a generic process that can be used at a variety of levels in a school (colleagues, pupils, parents). It is a means of helping people to uncover and bring out the best in themselves and the members of their team.

Jonathan has successfully worked with a number of schools to successfully introduce a coaching culture. Coaching can support individual and team development and therefore school improvement. It can be used to support performance management, improving the quality of teaching and learning and also to maximise professional learning from courses and training. It also helps pupils have truly personalised learning and removes barriers to learning in a deeper and more sustainable way than other approaches.

Increasingly middle and senior leaders in school have an impossible workload and the need to grow and develop others within the organisation to build capacity is essential. . There is a growing realisation that leaders cannot do it all have therefore have to develop the capacity in others. Coaching is a key tool to create self-improving schools and is one of Daniel Goleman’s six leadership styles.

Jonathan can provide coaching to individuals and currently coaches a number of headteachers. Please contact us with your requirements or to discuss a coaching package that will suit your school or your individual needs.

Please see the Whole School INSET page for the 1 day coaching INSET package.

'The coaching course was delivered exceptionally well and was both academically rigourous and down to earth. I was able to take immediate action on my return to school'.

'I found that Jonathan facilitated the course exceptionally well, he clearly knows his 'stuff'. The course has really inspired me to use coaching strategies within my working day. The course gave me the tools to do this straight away'.

Jude Perring,
Deputy Head Teacher, St Joseph's Catholic Combined School

'I am an experienced mentor, but a very inexperienced coach and, I have to admit, I was a bit sceptical, both about the differences between the two, and whether or not coaching could truly support a more effective change or development in the coachee. All my misconceptions were shattered - in the best way!

The day was informative, useful and enjoyable. Jonathan provided us with the theory behind coaching, and also structured opportunities to try out coaching and being coached, in a way that was challenging, but left me feeling that I really had gained knowledge and begun to gain a new and worthwhile skill'.

Rachael Heaver Webb,
Assistant Head Teacher, Ringwood School

'The course was fast paced and engaging. The key ingredients of coaching were communicated clearly and the process was modelled for us. We then had the opportunity to practice coaching and discuss the problems/possibilities that we experienced. Since the course I have successfully begun using coaching in my school'.

Jonathan Heath
Deputy Head Teacher, Poulner Junior School

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