March 14, 2024

Creating a coaching culture in schools

Help to create a supportive climate where everyone can flourish...

Creating a coaching culture in schools can, ‘create positive and supportive organisational climates for personal and organisational growth’ (1)  as well as fostering a, ‘way of being, where students and educators flourish.’ (2) Coaching and mentoring offers a vast spectrum of practice, and lots of teachers are used to seeing it in action, from classroom observations and performance management to supervision conversations.

At VNET we have adopted the BASIC coaching method as a way of providing an introduction to coaching for members. The BASIC method of coaching is a powerful way to structure coaching conversations and to develop the clarity you need to have coaching conversations with confidence. The BASIC method was developed by Andy Buck, author of Leadership Matters, and is the preferred method of coaching for some of the latest National Professional Qualification providers.

The reason it works so well in schools is that it allows the conversation to move between coaching and mentoring. Coaching conversations are most effective when they enable the coachee to find the answer themselves, to unlock and take ownership of a way forward. However, particularly with less experienced colleagues, a mentoring approach enables the sharing of experience, ideas and models necessary to make changes and plan actions. The training has a positive impact on the way colleagues are able to have productive conversations in school and beyond.

We are running the next cohort in the summer term. Find out more and book now!

The course has had a really positive impact on my daily life.

Ref 1. Creating coaching cultures in schools, Chris Munro, Margaret Barr and Christian van Nieuwerburgh, 2019. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chris-Munro-4/publication/342457659_Creating_coaching_cultures_in_schools/links/610a7ef10c2bfa282a20bc7a/Creating-coaching-cultures-in-schools.pdf?origin=publication_detail

Ref 2. Supporting Staff Wellbeing in Schools, Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, https://www.annafreud.org/media/7026/3rdanna-freud-booklet-staff-wellbeing-final.pdf

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