I often feel my coaching sessions are my sanity check! I can't see a time in the future when I won't need to have them, they make me think with greater clarity and explore the issues that are holding me back.
- Primary Headteacher, West Midlands
"I think really being listened to takes some getting used to, to have a conversation that has no ulterior motive or destination is so far removed from what I’ve experienced of coaching. It was a really positive experience because it enabled me to voice my inner thoughts aloud and reach my own conclusions. Also having some protected time to air those thoughts was invaluable, most days are so busy that time to stop and reflect feels like a luxury. I often feel that my coaching sessions are my sanity check!I can’t see a time in my future where I won’t need to have my coaching sessions, they make me think with greater clarity and explore the issues that are holding me back."
- Zoey Lowe: Head Teacher Foxyards Academy, Tipton
“Coaching is a brilliant way to develop both personally and professionally. It improves performance and can enhance skills or help you to acquire new ones. Coaching has helped me to improve my productivity along with my teams. It has helped me to improve communication both formally and informally. It has helped me to have clarity, to prioritise and achieve my goals, which in turn has decreased my level of stress! It is purposeful and challenging. It is thought provoking and helps you find solutions, develop and grow. Coaching is empowering."
- Joanne Leach: Head Teacher Oakhill Primary, Stoke on Trent
JO NORTH, TEACHER
Empowering others is one of the greatest gifts you can give for it enables another to achieve, overcome difficulties and develop positive wellbeing
SAM SMITH, SLE
Dialogue with my coach helped me to gain a clearer vision as a leader and gave me renewed confidence in my own ability and potential
PAUL, LEARNING MENTOR
If you want to grow and sustain in whatever role you are in, coaching will help you vocalise what you already know but can’t quite put your finger on, at this precise moment in time
"I had met my coach in school prior to the telephone conversation and had had one face to face coaching session. As the paperwork says “A coaching conversation is NOT a chat that gives you a nice, warm feeling!” However it is a conversation that leads you to very clear idea of specific actions to make improvements in the area being discussed.
The phone session felt it would be a little different. I was concerned that this would not be as effective as face to face, but I did not find this the case and I gained as much clarity for what I needed to do going forward as I had in the face to face session.”
- Steve Smith: Deputy Head Teacher, Oakhill Primary
on experiencing telephone coaching
"Coaching has helped me to see a journey and not an end goal. It has also helped me to become more self-aware. Looking forward it is very important that the things that have helped to support coaching for myself and my Deputy are put in place for any future sessions where other staff are involved.However, most importantly is how coaching has started to evolve within my day-today involvement with staff. I’m more aware of actively listening to others. I need to identify clearly where to use coaching with other staff to ensure it becomes embedded as a professional skill.As a commitment, coaching will form part of our CPD next year and be present on the school improvement plan."
- Zoe Rollinson, Headteacher, Lanesfield Primary, Wolverhampton
To be really listened to in a work situation is an unfamiliar feeling. Quite often it is clear that someone is hearing your words but not listening to them. During this session, I felt like I was understood and that my thoughts mattered.
Coaching is something that helps you to become a judge of your own ability but understand that to develop you need to understand your goals and work towards them gradually.
I have always been quite a reflective practitioner however, having the opportunity to discuss my thoughts and to have someone to question and extend my thinking to higher level is having a positive impact on my confidence and self-belief. This is also having an impact not only in my job but in my personal life too.
"My coach (Rose) gave me the safety and space to address some of the issues that I was finding the hardest in my life. She helped me find new perspective and imaginative solutions I couldn’t have thought of on my own. I felt that I could trust her completely"
- Secondary School Assistant Headteacher
It has helped me to find a balance between home and school. My coach never interrupts me, there is no pressure. I feel that I have experienced a total transformation, I am smiling!
CHRIS BRIGGS, TA
I think coaching is empowering to every individual who experiences it. This quiet time dedicated to just yourself is both valuable and precious
With all the negative press on reducing workload and pressure on teachers, LE could be one of the most valuable CPD investment their school makes.