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Coaching Towards Outstanding Teaching and Learning - Developing and mastering a range of coaching skills for teachers creates a powerful pedagogy for learning

NQT teachingThis event gives teachers from across all phases, subjects and key stages an opportunity to learn important coaching skills that are synonymous with those one would expect to see from an outstanding lesson or series of lessons. The day is highly interactive and the learning profound.  We create the opportunity for teachers to talk about learning, to share their examples of best practice from their own experiences and focus on their own strengths and learning agenda as part of their quest for continuous improvement.

The use of coaching as a powerful pedagogy in the classroom can significantly improve teaching and create opportunities for pupils to be more reflective, motivated and independent and lead to higher levels of progression and achievement. Where teachers learn how to coach, they learn how to reflect on their ability to influence change and foster challenge in their pupils. They learn how coaching can support them to grow in confidence focusing on what they do well and how they can build on their strengths and continue to develop towards becoming or remaining outstanding practitioners. 

"An inspirational training experience.  I thought I knew what coaching was but this has been one of the most informative and useful courses I have ever attended." A Head of Humanities at a school in Hackney

 
The spotlight is firmly on curriculum content and the quality of teaching and learning in ensuring that there is a synergy between the curriculum and how knowledge and skills are woven within subjects and across all learning.

The OFSTED Inspection Handbook November 2019 focuses on the curriculum and how it is delivered by teachers to create seamless learning.  The need for teachers to work collaboratively with their colleagues is woven through the document. Learning how to coach and creating opportunities for teachers to share and cascade their practice and their successes will have a profound impact on the evidence that there is a focus on subject and cross curricular learning that emphasises the need to foster high-quality learning through the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills competence.

  • "Teachers have expert knowledge of the subjects they teach."
  • Teachers enable pupils to understand key concepts, presenting information clearly and encourage appropriate discussions".
  • "Leaders create coherence and consistency across the school so that pupils benefit from effective teaching and consistent expectations, wherever they are in the school."
  • "Continuing professional development is aligned with the curriculum and the extent to which this develops teachers' content knowledge and teaching content knowledge over time, so that they are able to deliver better teaching for pupils."

OFSTED's latest Handbook published November 2019

This event provides those who attend with an opportunity to learn and practice the skills and attributes needed to become a coach including influencing, questioning and active listening skills. We give delegates time to reflect on how to use coaching to support individual teachers to reflect on their curriculum and subject planning. We encourage them to share what works well for them in relation to their practice, deepen their understanding of outstanding pedagogy and focus on and look closely at how coaching can be implemented as part of a quest to remain or become an outstanding school. We have revised the content to include a focus on how deep and rich questioning in the classroom is an integral part of the focus on formative assessment which is a very important aspect of the current advice on the most effective methods to use when assessing learning with pupils.

The day will include:-

  • An in-depth review of what is meant by outstanding or excellent teaching and learning and what inspectors or observers want to see as evidence in the classroom of high-quality curriculum delivery, expert subject knowledge and the learning that emerges from highly effective teaching
  • An opportunity for teachers, observers or managers to reflect on their own pedagogy and practise or where they observe learning and teaching in the classroom to deepen their understanding of what an outstanding lesson looks like and how the qualities of such a lesson can be shared and modelled
  • A focus on the skills of a coach including influencing, powerful questioning and active listening skills and how these can influence change and excellence in teaching and learning
  • A review of a range of active and participative pedagogies and how participants use these in practice to create a culture of deep learning and highly effective formative feedback using rich questioning techniques
  • An interactive look at learning and the metacognition that builds pupils deeper understanding of how they learn, how they remember and how they deepen their understanding
  • An opportunity to practise coaching techniques and apply them in the context of peer to peer observation, feedback and a structured commitment to self and peer evaluation and whole school improvement
  • Identifying ways to apply coaching skills both across the school and in the classroom to support the development of a strategy that will cascade ideas, resources and a dialogue that leads to a culture where outstanding practice is consistent across the whole school

Who should attend?

Managers with responsibility for supporting the staff development of experienced and newly or recently qualified staff and those with responsibility for performance management and professional development. Aspiring managers, outstanding, good or improving teachers and those professionals who want to learn coaching techniques to support the development of their team. Sometimes teachers and their support teams come to the training together to take back their learning in order that they can collaborate more effectively in the pursuit of outstanding learning and teaching.

Take advantage of our second delegate rate if you want to send more than one delegate to the event.

We can also offer this event for groups of staff or the whole school as an INSET.

The Coaching team

We have a team of highly qualified coaches with a background in education. Coaching is integral to how we plan and prepare for delivery of all our events. We work closely together to refine the programmes we deliver and constantly update them to reflect changes to the curriculum, assessment and the demands of the inspectorate. We believe that those who attend our training should have a good understanding of how the learning will be used back in school and what the individual is aiming to achieve in ensuring they are able to share and cascade to others and measure the impact on whole school, team or individual performance. You can find out more about the team by going to the about us page on our website.

All our events are centrally located. Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a 10.00am start, and we will finish around 3.30-4.00pm. We always provide lunch.

Prices:

First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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What our clients say about this course

  • "Excellent!! I am very excited as a result of what I have learnt today. Sandra's experience was invaluable. Great that it was tailored to our needs" Headteacher form Birmingham
  • "This has been the most useful training course I have ever attended. The practical approach, the links to research and the focus on learning are all so relevant to me. "Head of Teaching and Learning from a primary school in Luton.
  • "An inspirational day, I have so much to use in my own role and to share with others back in school. It was good to have time to reflect and evaluate on my own "grow" and how I can use my learning with my colleagues" Subject Leader from a Secondary School in Middlesex.
  • "The most important aspect of today for me was the expert guidance from the trainer on how to implement coaching as a CPD strategy in school, also the excellent exploration on links to pedagogy." A Head of CPD from a School in Jersey.
  • "An excellent days training, a vast range of handouts and great practical activities."  An Assistant Principle from a primary academy in London.
  • "Fantastic days training!!!" The day has given me a better understanding of what coaching means and the impact it can have on school improvement". Lead Practitioner from an all through school in London.
  • "A very insightful and informative day.  It has given me a lot to think about". A Phase Leader from Middlesex.
  • "A very valuable and useful day.  Expert knowledge and a wealth of training handouts".  Head of Operations at a Local Authority, Cardiff.
  • "A positive learning experience. Full of amazing ideas. The trainer was able to incorporate some explicit examples linked to our setting".  A Head teachers from a special school in Bristol
  • "A worthwhile course with good examples and handouts of how to develop the role of the coach".  Foundation Phase Leader from a Primary School in Coventry.
  • It has been a very positive experience.  The discussion has helped frame my approach with regards to me running our coaching conversations, paperwork etc.." Headteacher in Bristol

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  • "Excellent!! I am very excited as a result of what I have learnt today. Sandra's experience was invaluable. Great that it was tailored to our needs" Headteacher form Birmingham
  • "This has been the most useful training course I have ever attended. The practical approach, the links to research and the focus on learning are all so relevant to me. "Head of Teaching and Learning from a primary school in Luton.
  • "An inspirational day, I have so much to use in my own role and to share with others back in school. It was good to have time to reflect and evaluate on my own "grow" and how I can use my learning with my colleagues" Subject Leader from a Secondary School in Middlesex.
  • "The most important aspect of today for me was the expert guidance from the trainer on how to implement coaching as a CPD strategy in school, also the excellent exploration on links to pedagogy." A Head of CPD from a School in Jersey.
  • "An excellent days training, a vast range of handouts and great practical activities."  An Assistant Principle from a primary academy in London.
  • "Fantastic days training!!!" The day has given me a better understanding of what coaching means and the impact it can have on school improvement". Lead Practitioner from an all through school in London.
  • "A very insightful and informative day.  It has given me a lot to think about". A Phase Leader from Middlesex.
  • "A very valuable and useful day.  Expert knowledge and a wealth of training handouts".  Head of Operations at a Local Authority, Cardiff.
  • "A positive learning experience. Full of amazing ideas. The trainer was able to incorporate some explicit examples linked to our setting".  A Head teachers from a special school in Bristol
  • "A worthwhile course with good examples and handouts of how to develop the role of the coach".  Foundation Phase Leader from a Primary School in Coventry.
  • It has been a very positive experience.  The discussion has helped frame my approach with regards to me running our coaching conversations, paperwork etc.." Headteacher in Bristol
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