Research and analysis

Creating a culture of coaching: upskilling the school workforce in times of change

Research into the different approaches to integrating coaching into the school improvement process.

Documents

Creating a culture of coaching: upskilling the school workforce in times of change - full report

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Creating a culture of coaching: upskilling the school workforce in times of change - summary

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Detail

How a small cross-phase sample of 8 schools in one local authority area went about the process of creating a culture of coaching.

The schools found that coaching needed careful introduction before being launched. Successful implementation was achieved when:

  • clear links were made with existing initiatives such as Assessment for Learning and school self-evaluation
  • coaching could be seen to supplement and improve existing contining professional development
  • models of coaching are used to maintain focus

Schools involved in this research were also working on ways to share the success of their coaching work, including:

  • further collaborative working
  • upskilling more staff in coaching skills
  • sharing good practice with a wider audience