Creating a Coaching Culture – Celebrating success

Coaching has a profound impact on whole school improvement, teacher motivation and the cascading of learning and achievement. We want to share with all our customers and those yet to start on this marvellous journey some of the success stories from schools in the UK and internationally. We are going to write a weekly journal of what works well.  We will also include links to resources and research papers we have used. This can also be a place to look for any policy changes or OFSTED messages that we may have seen before you do.

At the end of week two of the new school year we have lots to report. Here are just a few of our many successes so far.

We have been to Hayes in Middlesex working with a large secondary school supporting the Head of CPD to introduce coaching to the whole staff.  This is the start of a coaching journey using some of the content of our Coaching Towards Outstanding Teaching and Learning training course.  Putting coaching into the school  has been planned for 18 months and is now ready to take flight across the whole school.

This week a group of senior leaders from across a MAT in Hampshire came together for our Leading a Coaching School training course.  It was exciting and hugely positive. Each school is now sending two or three staff to a Developing the Skills of a Coaching Ambassador training course that we are running especially for this group.  We will then work closely with the CEO, the SLTs and the coaching ambassadors from across the Trust to embed a coaching culture to support CPD and excellence and improvement across all the schools in the MAT.

A primary school in the North West is looking to introduce Lesson Study into their school and wanted to combine a training experience that focused on how coaching can support this innovative approach to lesson observation.  The opportunity for the senior leadership team to work together and really focus on their own skills and strengths and how as a collective force they could empower their teams to work together to share their practice and reflect on their own positive skills was so inspiring.  We are going to follow their journey through the whole of this year.

On 11th September we ran our first Aspiring to Leadership event. We worked with primary school deputy and assistant heads, who were particularly keen to develop coaching as a leadership style for one to one conversations and for observation. Delegates loved the range of practical resources to use in their schools. They were also excited by the opportunity to explore and practice a range of coaching tools and techniques to support the development of a coaching culture with their teams. Paired coaching planning of next steps provided them with practical actions to implement over the next weeks and months.

We also ran a bespoke training of our Developing the  Skills of a Coaching Ambassador course for staff in two linked primary schools in Cardiff.  It was much enjoyed by the delegates. They found the introduction of new coaching techniques they had not tried before very useful and felt that their understanding of coaching had greater depth as a result of the days activities and discussions.

‘The session was flexible and answered many questions that we had. It made it personal to our schools requirements and how to move us forward.’

We are looking forward to working with them in the future to help review progress and to support further staff training.

An excellent start with so much more to talk about so watch this space or be a part of our next diary entry.  OFSTED have published their School Inspection Update with a special edition of main messages for inspectors. We will read it and send out a list of the main points very soon.