Coaching for Impact in Education

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.

Coaching creates a culture of shared responsibility

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?

Working together to deliver a learning synergy

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.

Strategies for Leading a Coaching Culture in a School or College

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.

Creating a culture of collaboration and reflection

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.

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.

Inspirational coaching questions challenge learning

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?

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.



Coaching for the Pastoral Team- an essential skill for all those with a pastoral role

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Coaching and the pastoral process has a symbiosis that should not be ignored. Coaching is about allowing individuals to find solutions, reflect on their own behaviours and have resilience when faced with difficulties. Delivering the pastoral system requires a range of skills that will nurture learners and allow them to grow and progress throughout their education.

Learning how to coach is a gift that creates a culture where individuals know their limits and are challenged to take responsibility. It is the opposite to telling individuals what is best for them, instead it is a collaborative process that leads to independence of spirit and fosters high levels or self-belief.

Stepping into the harsh reality of returning to education in the classroom will be a difficult process for many. The routines, the spaces and the management of learning is different in the home environment. Even for those who have remained in school things will change as class sizes grow.  There will be a wide range of different experiences that learners have faced and their ability to cope will vary as a result of many different factors. It will be for the pastoral team to work together in synergy to ensure all learners thrive, return to learning in the classroom as easily as possible and begin to find their equilibrium.

Learning how to coach will enhance the skills of pastoral leaders and tutors. They will become more intuitive, challenge limiting beliefs, use deep questioning to raise self-esteem and probe for clarity and understanding. Coaching is non-judgemental; a coach is a critical friend who will not disapprove, disagree or impose. A coach is there to listen deeply, to offer clarity and to give reassurance for anyone struggling with their own confusing reality.

In this course we look at how pastoral leaders can create highly effective teams that will support both their learners and their colleagues. We show how the development of a coaching culture will bring strength to the team and provide the model for ensuring there is a professional dialogue that fosters the celebration of good practice and where all those involved can learn from each other and collaborate successfully.  We create the opportunity for those attending to learn and practice some coaching skills including deep and rich questioning, active listening and influencing skills. We want the picture to unfold to reveal just how powerful coaching can be in the desire to develop within all learners, resilience, strength of character, a belief in fairness and a range of independent learning skills that will prepare them for a positive future.

This course is part of our suite of coaching courses. It can stand alone, or it can be part of a planned CPD strategy where all staff have the opportunity to learn how coaching can support them in their role. Making sure pastoral staff learn and practice a range of coaching skills and can see how coaching will enhance their role is a profound step in supporting all learners. The next few months will be an important journey where the pastoral team and the learners in their charge can cope with the realities of returning to the classroom, recognising there has been a cohesive learning journey over the past year and making strides towards discovering they have the confidence to move forward positively.

As with all the courses designed by the Learning Cultures coaching team the materials, resources, activities and presentations are all created so that those who participate in the training can take their learning back to their colleagues and cascade it. It is our sincere belief that any form of training must be sustainable and cost effective and by providing opportunities for others to share in the content of the training is essential. The delegate has the opportunity to pass on their knowledge to others but will also consolidate their learning through the process of discussing their learning with others.

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A Journey in Coaching for Educators: our certification programme is a powerful driver for curriculum and whole-school change


Developing a coaching culture

Take a journey in coaching for educators and lead powerful change by creating a team of skilled coaching and curriculum ambassadors or champions using Learning Cultures’ Certification Programme.

The current imperative is to ensure that the curriculum is consistently delivered to mirror the leadership’s clearly defined rationale and ambition. This needs a clarity of purpose across all subjects, year groups, phases and stages. Developing a coaching culture for your school or college is without doubt the most powerful way to cascade positive and consistent improvements in pedagogy, pupil outcomes and team delivery. Coaches develop a range of skills that motivate others, encourage self-reflection and that focus on the positive. It is through these qualities that coaches can support others to begin to use the professional and motivational dialogue that will create measurable and tangible results for all staff and all pupils.

Sustaining a culture of change through coaching

Sustaining a culture of change through coaching has been the guiding principle that has led us to develop this coaching programme for schools and colleges to use.  We will train a group of individuals over an academic year, ideally a group of six or nine, who will have the opportunity to be a part of three training sessions, a series of self-directed twilight sessions and a commitment to undertake 30 hours coaching with colleagues. This will lead to certification endorsed by the Association for Coaching.  Those who embark on a coaching journey won’t turn back, coaches inspire ambition, encourage challenge and foster innovation.

Start your journey in coaching for educators

Choose the first group of Coaching Ambassadors who want to develop as coaches and begin your journey towards ensuring a high-quality learning experience for all. Have a look at the programme in detail below.

The Certificate in Coaching Competence – A journey in coaching

We have a whole range of other coaching courses providing something for all staff. All our training is designed so that it can be disseminated to others after the event.  Training is never a stand-alone experience, where it is shared it has far more impact on the individual, the learner, teams and the whole school.


Coaching and Learning – create a culture of excellence

Coaching and Learning – create a culture of excellence

Create a culture of excellence

Coaching is all about positive dialogue that drives change.  A school is a place where experts in pedagogy, assessment, learning and thinking all contribute to the successful outcomes the school sets out to achieve. Coaching brings that expertise together to ensure that it is shared and disseminated to ensure outstanding continuous improvement for all staff.

The current imperative to focus on a sequenced curriculum that builds on prior learning and ensures deep understanding and readiness for the next stage requires high levels of collaboration.

  • Leaders and their senior teams need to work together to define the intent and rationale. They need to be ambitious in their vision to ensure that all pupils receive a deep and rich learning experience
  • Middle leaders need to have the skills to disseminate the vision, communicate the rationale and empower individuals in their teams to be innovative in how they plan for change
  • Subject leaders and specialists need to focus on how to weave the skills and knowledge that build a sequential tapestry of learning that will motivate and inspire pupils
  • Teachers from across the subject spectrum must have the confidence and self-belief to plan and deliver high quality pedagogy that drives a learning culture. Creating opportunities for teachers to focus on the pedagogy that creates independent, active and participative learners can be achieved through developing for them a range of coaching skills, a pedagogy for learning.

Coaching has the power to change perceptions

Coaching challenges individuals to look beyond the obvious into new areas of thinking.

Coaching has the power to change perceptions of self, to create opportunities for innovation, to build a culture that puts learning at the heart of the school’s vision and to ensure a consistency of purpose that involves everyone.

Trying to implement change without an effective model is difficult. Try a coaching approach and success is nearer than you think. The sequenced courses below will provide the perfect starting point for a journey that you won’t turn back from. Our full coaching programme provides further training opportunities that are all linked to creating an outstanding learning culture. Have a look here.

Curriculum CPD

You may also like to attend one of our highly praised and well-reserached courses that focus on reflecting on and re-defining the curriculum to ensure the breadth and depth that OFSTED have placed such an emphasis on.