What is Coaching
What is Coaching
What factors should be considered in developing a coaching culture in your school?
Being a leader is not just about the tasks you give people to do: it is also about the way you go about it. It’s also becoming more and more clear from education research and neuroscience that the affective and emotional side of learning organisations is just as important as the management and administration. This has to be about changing behaviour, not just understanding, and requires leaders to be a model of the behaviours that they want others to use – as well as being highly skilled in applying those behaviours.
The concept of coaching is most associated with sports. Football teams have coaches – as do tennis players and athletes. In recent times, however, we hear more about coaches in other areas of life: there are voice coaches, acting coaches and even tidiness coaches. What, then, are the qualities that might prompt us to use the term ‘coaching’ about some kinds of personal interactions?
Increasingly recognised as a key skill for teachers and heads, coaching can have much to offer schools – but what is it and how does it work? What factors should be considered in developing a coaching culture in your school?
Importantly, when should you use a coaching tool? Sometimes in a coaching session, a simple coaching tool can dramatically change a person’s thinking and move them forward in their thought processes more effectively than sticking to a basic coaching structure or simple questioning approach.
In the links below, Melinda Hale from Brislington School in Bristol describes how a coaching programme in her school has helped teachers plot their way to achieving their professional goals. She gives a practitioners guide to setting up and making the most of coaching as a powerful CPD tool.
Nick Austin and Richard Churches offer a powerful set of tools and tips to support your coaching and provide fresh insights.
Meanwhile, Steve Williams reports on a coaching initiative in Northumberland that demonstrates what can teachers learn form coaches. And Philippa Cordingley asks what a meaningful ‘national’ framework for coaching and mentoring might look like in a climate of school diversity and choice.
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