Coaching has the power to transform your school. If you are using coaching techniques as a leader or manager then you will know what I mean. Coaching is non-judgemental and non-directive. A coach empowers others to find their own solution. Creating a coaching culture means that senior and middle leaders believe that everyone within the organisation can continuously improve their performance. The sharing and cascading of what works well is fundamental to the learning process. If things go wrong individuals are encouraged to reflect; criticism is replaced with open discussion that leads to self-belief, self-improvement and peer to peer learning.
Creating a coaching culture takes time and commitment. The benefits and impact coaching has on individuals, teams and the whole school ensure there is a positive return on the use of resources. The focus is on high quality continuing professional development that allows for innovation, collaboration and positive professional dialogue. Learning Cultures have developed a suite of coaching training that will deliver a whole school strategy that will impact on school improvement and drive individual and team success.
Increasingly, schools, colleges or partnerships are working with us to plan a coaching programme that encompasses every member of staff from the senior leadership team to support staff. A focused strategy that allows for a coaching culture to emerge is woven into the school improvement plan. Over time every individual member of staff within the school is able to embrace the coaching philosophy and knows the part he or she plays in achieving the vision for continuous improvement.
Each plan is different and is determined by the priorities identified at the beginning of a cycle. However, there is a pattern and a rhythm to all successful coaching programmes and they often consist of a combination of the following programmes as a starting point.
- Leading a Coaching School – Empowering a culture of positive change that cascades continuous improvement
- Coaching for Middle Leaders – How to influence change and lead from the middle
- Coaching for Pastoral Leaders and Year Heads – Enhance wellbeing, improve behaviour, inspire confidence
- Coaching Towards Outstanding Teaching and Learning
Have a look at our wider menu of coaching courses that complement and enhance the ones above. We can also write a bespoke programme for your school, college or partnership.