The workplace has changed beyond recognition in my working lifetime. Staff now expect and deserve progression and coaching, not top-down management.
There is an unprecedented crisis in the retention of teachers (44% of teachers are planning to leave the profession within 5 years- NEU 2022).
There is also unprecedented pressure on leadership to deliver in increasingly difficult circumstances, across all sectors within the education industry. Rising energy and staff costs, increasingly demanding stakeholders and levels of scrutiny all add to this difficult picture.
Coaching can help all teachers, regardless of their role. All teachers deserve coaching to allow them to fulfil their potential and feel satisfied, not overwhelmed, at work.
Confidence, Performance, Relationships..
80% of people who receive coaching report increased self-confidence, and over 70% benefit from improved work performance, relationships, and more effective communication skills. 86% of companies report that they recouped their investment on coaching and more (source: ICF 2009).
A huge THANK YOU for a fabulous introduction to coaching. Having been more than a little sceptical, your calm and insightful way really made me feel at ease and able to clear my head and thoughts.
Middle Leader, UK Prep School
My approach to coaching is always bespoke and always unashamedly strengths-based. These are the main services that I offer.
I offer 1:1 coaching online or in person. Often a client will request fortnightly sessions, which consist of setting goals, reviewing progress and ensuring accountability. I also work with teams (for example Senior or Middle Leadership teams) to identify strengths and offer support and encouragement. All sessions are confidential; I work to the competencies of the Association for Coaching.
Schools are increasingly looking to establish a coaching culture. Schools who coach their staff are often progressive and hugely attractive for quality teachers to work at and stay at. A progressive workplace is one in which active listening, asking questions, clarifying understanding, raising awareness, self-regulation and encouraging responsibility are the norm. These are all coaching habits. Coaching should not be just a formal activity reserved for performance meetings, but the default for all our interactions.
Headship is a unique and often lonely experience, full of pressure that really only other Heads understand. Head Space is a fully confidential, empathetic and blended support service mixing some elements of mentorship with coaching and strengths-based support, using my six years of headship experience.