In February half term of this year, four more talented teachers and coaches took on the challenge of becoming Licensed Coach Trainers. Richard Lindo, Jean Ramsey, Terri Broughton and Ruth Springer all spent three days gaining their Master Trainer Accreditation and are now learning how to deliver the specifics of the one day Introduction to Coaching Accredited course. They follow last year’s four trainees who have graduated as Licensed Coaches and have already begun running courses with excellent feedback from participants.
The popularity of coaching has been evidenced by the uptake of Coachmark, the National Award for Excellence in Coaching in Schools. Coachmark now sees schools every week take up the challenge of getting Bronze, Silver or Gold awards which recognise and celebrate their commitment towards a coaching culture across their institution.
Effective coaching for all in a school is a way of bringing together communities of staff, parents and children and young people and developing “the purest form of personalised learning” to improve the quality of CPD and learning. Ofsted champion coaching as a method for school improvement, and Mike Hughes has said that “ It’s not coaching that improves schools, it’s high quality coaching”. So why not home grow someone (you?) to deliver quality, accredited coach training in your school or cluster?
The “West Sussex 41 Schools Project”, which at it’s peak before the austerity cuts, saw the LA support the development of 41 schools in the authority develop coaching models to improve teacher CPD and performance. A number of factors were key to developing a successful, impactful coaching culture:
- Senior Leadership support for coaching
- Clear transparent purpose for coaching
- Clearly shared and articulated values and principles including the degree of confidentiality, non-judgmentalism and supportive and challenging
- Time and suitable locations given to coaching so conversations take place
- Properly forged agreements about how coaching happens to reinforce and support the principles of coaching
- At least a basic level of training for all which defines in simple terms the differences between coaching and mentoring and when to use each within the CPD context, and providing basic skill development models for coaching conversations eg STRIDE, GROW, etc.
If you are looking for additional CPD qualifications, a career shift, career enhancement or just a way to boost your income through offering coaching and training in days, half days or twilights, then drop us a line for more info. Next intake is October 2016. firstname.lastname@example.org
STOP PRESS – Coaching Courses Running Soon
16th June and 1st July 2016 – Level 1 Coaching for Leading One day course – with Chris Giles, Licensed Coach Trainer
12/13 November 2016 Level 2 Advanced Coaching Skills Course Two day course – with Will Thomas