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Leading a Coaching School – Empowering a culture of positive change that cascades continuous improvement

leadership 2Lead a coaching school and create the culture that defines and delivers high quality education strategies for deeper learning

The new OFSTED handbook for schools and colleges puts the curriculum is at the heart of the new judgement 'The quality of Education'. It is the expertise within the leadership team that will have to drive these changes. The emphasis is on how leaders define their intent for curriculum implementation that delivers the sequencing of concepts, knowledge and skills linked to progression and deeper learning. Leaders have the responsibility to ensure that their vision, rationale and ambitious proposals are translated into goals and objectives that will ensure there is no mismatch between what is planned and what is delivered.

The most impressive and successful way to ensure that all staff including middle and subject leaders, teachers and support staff can translate the vision into a powerful and coherent curriculum offer that delivers high quality pedagogy, enhances skills acquisition and deepens learning is through coaching. Creating a coaching culture can also have a significant impact on wider school improvement, staff morale and learning and achievement.

The principles of coaching are useful in developing successful appraisal systems where teachers and their line managers work in synergy to ensure that goals and objectives are agreed, there is a culture where there is no such thing as failure and there is a clear focus on what is working well rather than what is going wrong.

Where coaching is at the heart of a whole school or college CPD strategy individual teachers, managers and support staff have more opportunities to engage in professional dialogue, share their practice and learn from each other.

In order to create the right platform from which to launch a coaching programme in your organisation it is essential that there is a clear understanding of what coaching is, how it dovetails into the improvement plan and new approaches to curriculum implementation clearly defines what success will look like once the planned programme is embedded in the school or college's strategy for continuous improvement.

The day will give senior leaders:-

  • An opportunity to focus on the proposed changes to how school leaders review their approach to determining 'the quality of education' and how developing a rationale and creating ambitious curriculum goals can be translated into effective strategies for professional development and performance management
  • Time to reflect on the vision for continuous improvement, including the pivotal role of middle and subject leaders who will be responsible for disseminating and delivering changes to how the curriculum is delivered to create high quality learning outcomes
  • A focus on the strategies that will support leaders to review current good practice, introduce new ideas and build a strong whole school consensus as to how coaching can be embedded as part of working together to ensure high quality learning is consistent across the whole school
  • A chance to learn some coaching skills including deep and rich questioning techniques, active listening skills and influencing skills that fundamentally mirror the qualities of dynamic leadership
  • A framework for planning a whole school or college programme that will help to define the vision, builds on what currently works well and sets out a clear stepped plan for implementation
  • A range of coaching models and strategies to take back to share and disseminate to others
  • An opportunity to use the learning from the day to share ideas in coaching triads and practice some coaching skills

Expectations in the new OFSTED handbook that fundamentally mirror the good practice that is embodied in the definition of a coaching culture

  • "the extent to which leaders focus their attention on the quality of education provided by the school".
  • "the alignment of continuing professional development for teachers and staff with the curriculum and the extent to which it develops teachers' content knowledge and teaching content knowledge over time, so that they are able to deliver better teaching for pupils".
  • "the extent to which leaders create coherence and consistency across the school so that pupils benefit from effective teaching and consistent expectations, wherever they are in the school."

OFSTED's new handbook for schools published on May 14th 2019 says important factors for leadership and management include,

"Where leadership is at least good, senior and middle leaders challenge and support their colleagues to drive forward improvement. They model good or excellent teaching themselves and address under performance in teaching and standards. Good schools share leadership roles among staff at all levels to develop leadership skills in more practitioners".

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Who should attend?

Senior leaders who want to develop a coaching programme within their own organisation that will support them in ensuring their vision for curriculum cohesion and outstanding teaching and learning is delivered and has an impact on learner achievement and progression. The content and resources used on the day are designed to be used again to cascade to others back in school or college so it is possible that one member of the team could attend and then use their learning and skills gained on the day to train others back in the organisation. Alternatively, it is always useful for two or more of the team to work together offsite to develop their strategy and have time to plan and reflect on what they want to achieve for their school or college. This event can also be delivered in-house for the whole of the senior team or for a trust or alliance of schools where senior leaders can benefit from working together across their respective schools.

 

Prices:

First Delegate:

£325 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£275 +VAT

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What our clients say about this course

  • "The trainer was outstanding. She really wanted to make a difference. Very worthwhile and enjoyable, thank you."A Deputy Head from a secondary school in Southampton
  • "A very practical and worthwhile day. I will be taking many of the ideas away, very sound advice regarding structure."Headteacher from a primary school in Hampshire
  • "A really informative day of great value. We had plenty of time to reflect and consider ways to take a coaching approach forward in our college."A Head of CPD and Quality from a college in Eastleigh
  • "An excellent day that was a mixture of theory and opportunities to practice coaching, learn coaching skills and build a picture of how to take this forward in school."A Head of Teaching and Learning from a high school in Shrewsbury
  • "A very informative day, plenty to think about and deliver back at school re: coaching strategies and moving forward." A Headteacher from a school in Cardiff
  • "The activities helped me to clarify the priorities and the journey for developing and embedding coaching to support improvement and outcomes." A Headteacher for London
  • "I feel very please and walk away feeling confident and excited. A brilliant course. Very engaging. Greta to have support from Sandra and the extra benefit of a small group." An Assistant Headteacher from a school Surrey
  • "An extremely useful and thought provoking day which I know will help me in the journey to creating a coaching culture." A Primary School in Bristol
  • "Clear idea of what coaching is and how to start the process of using this approach within my school" - Headteacher." A Deputy Headteacher from a Primary School in Birmingham
  • "A very practical and enjoyable day.  i will be taking ideas away.  Very sound advice regarding structure." A Deputy Headteacher from Croydon
  • "The reflective cycle, grow model and push and pull model, because I now know the difference between the two (mentoring & coaching)." - A Deputy Head in Exeter
  • "Really informative and practical day, looking forward to implementing the strategies upon my return to school".  Headteacher from a school in Sussex
  • ""Fantastic course - very informative.  Thank you".  A teacher from Primary School in London 
  • "Very worthwhile, excellent facilitator, would highly recommend this course".  Assistant Headteacher from London 
  • "Extremely informative day, lots to take back to school.  Resources and acitivites particularly useful".  Assistant Headteacher from Letchworth
  • "An interesting day, I am leaving with a wealth of knowledge to put into place, thank you".  A Deputy HeFantastic facilitator.  Resources were execellent".  A Director of Faculty from Guildford 
  • "Excellent level of professional dialogue.  Better understanding of coaching approches and its range of applications".  A Deputy Head from Highgate, London 

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  • "The trainer was outstanding. She really wanted to make a difference. Very worthwhile and enjoyable, thank you."A Deputy Head from a secondary school in Southampton
  • "A very practical and worthwhile day. I will be taking many of the ideas away, very sound advice regarding structure."Headteacher from a primary school in Hampshire
  • "A really informative day of great value. We had plenty of time to reflect and consider ways to take a coaching approach forward in our college."A Head of CPD and Quality from a college in Eastleigh
  • "An excellent day that was a mixture of theory and opportunities to practice coaching, learn coaching skills and build a picture of how to take this forward in school."A Head of Teaching and Learning from a high school in Shrewsbury
  • "A very informative day, plenty to think about and deliver back at school re: coaching strategies and moving forward." A Headteacher from a school in Cardiff
  • "The activities helped me to clarify the priorities and the journey for developing and embedding coaching to support improvement and outcomes." A Headteacher for London
  • "I feel very please and walk away feeling confident and excited. A brilliant course. Very engaging. Greta to have support from Sandra and the extra benefit of a small group." An Assistant Headteacher from a school Surrey
  • "An extremely useful and thought provoking day which I know will help me in the journey to creating a coaching culture." A Primary School in Bristol
  • "Clear idea of what coaching is and how to start the process of using this approach within my school" - Headteacher." A Deputy Headteacher from a Primary School in Birmingham
  • "A very practical and enjoyable day.  i will be taking ideas away.  Very sound advice regarding structure." A Deputy Headteacher from Croydon
  • "The reflective cycle, grow model and push and pull model, because I now know the difference between the two (mentoring & coaching)." - A Deputy Head in Exeter
  • "Really informative and practical day, looking forward to implementing the strategies upon my return to school".  Headteacher from a school in Sussex
  • ""Fantastic course - very informative.  Thank you".  A teacher from Primary School in London 
  • "Very worthwhile, excellent facilitator, would highly recommend this course".  Assistant Headteacher from London 
  • "Extremely informative day, lots to take back to school.  Resources and acitivites particularly useful".  Assistant Headteacher from Letchworth
  • "An interesting day, I am leaving with a wealth of knowledge to put into place, thank you".  A Deputy HeFantastic facilitator.  Resources were execellent".  A Director of Faculty from Guildford 
  • "Excellent level of professional dialogue.  Better understanding of coaching approches and its range of applications".  A Deputy Head from Highgate, London 
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