Coaching for Impact in Education
How does coaching have an impact on organisational improvement?
Using coaching for impact in education is powerful. It is an essential element of systems redesign in a school or college and has proven significant and far-reaching benefits. Put simply coaching is about dialogue, creating opportunities for a two-way conversation that is positive and solutions focused. Creating a coaching culture has many benefits in an education setting.
Planning strategy, implementing the vision for school improvement, the ambition for curriculum innovation and the rationale for organisational change all require collaboration with and trust in the decision makers. Devolved leadership, especially now, is essential and coaching creates the framework for this to happen. Where leaders believe in their staff there is a culture that expects them to grow in their role. Where leaders convey the tacit understanding that they don’t have all the answers and trust their teams positive change happens.
How does coaching deliver the vision?
The role of the leader is to inspire all staff to achieve the carefully crafted vision linked to positive outcomes for all. Senior leaders must have the influencing skills to communicate that vision and create an inspirational canvas so that teaching and learning, curriculum innovation and the well-being and motivation of staff and learners is woven. Defining the priorities and entrusting successful implementation requires a coalition of talented senior teams. They must work together to empower others to be instrumental in making change happen.
Transformation comes when individuals work together successfully to deliver mutually agreed goals that focus on positive change, exciting innovation, and who will foster powerful learning conversations. Creating a coaching culture has a significant impact on how teams collaborate, communicate and inspire change. Join us for our one day course and learn the skills, plan your strategy and be inspired to take back your learning to cascade to others.
How does coaching inspire middle and subject leadership teams?
Where middle and subject leaders learn how to coach they have the skills to facilitate clarity of purpose and direction. Their role is to translate the vision into clearly defined goals and priorities that will inspire high quality curriculum outcomes, outstanding pedagogy and well-motivated and reflective learners. Coaching for impact in education requires those with this pivotal role to share the ambition for high quality outcomes with their teams and create a culture where individuals work together to achieve their own SMART objectives.
A coach will instil trust and confidence, provide the space and work closely through structured professional learning conversations to create for their teams the opportunity to demonstrate their own ability to make changes, take risks and find their own solutions that will ultimately build for them self-belief where they grow in their role and continue to achieve and exceed their potential. We have inspirational and highly praised coaching training to lead your teams towards exceptional outcomes in curriculum, teaching, learning and well-being.
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How does Coaching Impact on Learning and Teaching?
Coaching is without doubt an outstanding pedagogy in itself. When teachers learn the skills related to coaching such as deep, incisive and rich questioning techniques, exceptional listening skills and the ability to inspire others to find their own solutions, accept challenge and have a high degree of self-belief they see how learning to be a coach will help them to be better practitioners.
Teachers who can coach, naturally raise self-awareness within their learners. They help to build their self-reflection and their independence to solve problems, work collaboratively and accept mistakes as essential to learning.
A coaching culture in a school or college builds capacity where teachers work together within professional learning communities to share their practice and learn from each other. They feel empowered to take risks with their teaching, share ideas with others and talk about their strengths and what they need to do to continue to improve and grow in their role. Build the coaching skills of all your teachers with our award winning course, Coaching Towards Outstanding Teaching and Learning and train your NQT mentors to learn how coaching can inspire new teachers to be exceptional. Coaching the Newly Qualified Teacher: going beyond mentoring.
Involve learners in the process of coaching and see them grow and develop as independent and responsible members of their school, college or wider community.
What are the benefits of coaching for your school or college?
- Coaching can facilitate clarity and direction for the leadership team to delegate with confidence
- Coaching inspires leaders to create a culture that motivates and challenges staff to deliver excellence
- Coaching is an excellent tool to use as part of the process of appraisal and self-reflection
- Coaching creates a culture of trust where individuals are empowered to find their own solutions
- Coaching provides a positive way to deal with difficult questions or issues parents or other stakeholders might raise
- Coaches raises self-esteem and well-being for both staff and learners who feel empowered to take control of their own goals and thinking
- Coaching creates opportunities for more innovative learning and creativity in the classroom
- Coaching allows those involved to reflect on their strengths and how they can recognise gaps in their learning and find ways to fill them
- Coaching provides opportunities for staff to share their practice, try new things, learn from mistakes and create a powerful learning culture
- Coaching creates a culture where staff know they are valued, and they rise to the challenge for change
- Coaching frees up leadership time as the ability to delegate leaves them free to lead and inspire
- Coaching uncovers hidden talents as individuals rise to the challenges they are trusted with
Find out more from Learning Cultures and make sure you have the culture that will deliver a truly 21st century future for all learners and staff. We are members of the Association for Coaching and we offer a Certification Programme that they endorse.