Coaching and Learning in Schools: A Practical Guide


Sarah Gornall & Mannie Burn

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    In memory of Chris Lindup, a wise, inspiring and generous coach.

    About the Authors

    Sarah Gornall is an experienced coach accredited with the International Coach Federation, coach supervisor and mentor. She started an independent company, Coaching Climate, in 2005, running training in coaching and management skills alongside individual and team coaching. Sarah is an associate with CMC Career Management Consultants Ltd and has designed and delivered MA modules in coaching at Bath Spa University. Sarah has a background in educational leadership and was Director of Bristol Education Action Zone from 2000 to 2005. She has taught in secondary, further and higher education sectors, and has worked with numbers of primary and early years settings. Her first book Building Learning Power In Action was published in 2005. She loves music, green spaces, learning and her wonderful family, who are spread around the globe.

    Mannie Burn is an experienced coach and educator. Her particular interests are in professional development, learning and the leadership and management of change. She began her career with 14 years in music education where she taught, then trained and inspired hundreds of teachers, children and parents to use a singing-based music curriculum. She then moved into primary school teaching and leadership. For the last three years Mannie has been focusing on professional and organisational development. She now works part-time as a senior education consultant for Best Practice Network in Bristol and has her own independent coaching practice. Mannie lives in Bristol with her husband. They have four adult children who have been and continue to be a source of inspiration and joy.


    We would like to thank all our colleagues in education who have been willing to contribute their valuable experience, insight and reflection and so ensure that the book is rooted in the real world of schools and settings. In particular, the following people have helped to shape the story and without them the book would not have happened: Paul Allan, Denise Barrows, Nicola Berry, Debbie Bond, Libby Lee, Caitlin MacKenzie, Jacqui MacKenzie, Lesley MacKenzie, Janette Povey, Lucy Scott Ashe and Maisie.

    We are also grateful to many others who have enriched the book by contributing quotes, helpful comments, information, permission: Ruth Barrington, Kevin Bawn, John Bishop, Lyssy Bolton, Tracey Boulton, Heather Churchill, Jill Collins, Kimberley Dolan, Sarah Hetenyi, Elaine Hewitt, Jenny Hole, Jackie Jackson, Helen Jury, Jane Katjavivi, Eileen Kingett, Stuart Ludford, Hannah Maggs, Jo Marsh, Dianne Nicholson, Sue Paulley, Tom Robson, Steve Rose, Richard Sale, Debbie Seabrook, Tim Small, Carolyn Spencer, Isobel Stephens, Catherine Walker and all the headteachers in the Bristol Education Action Zone from 2000 to 2005. Special thanks to Martin Gornall for the graphics.

    We have appreciated learning from the wonderful staff at Ralph Allen School, Bath; St John's Mead CE VC Primary School, Chipping Sodbury; St Mary's RC Primary School, Richmond; The Mead Community School, Trowbridge and Westfield Primary School, Radstock.

    We are also very grateful for the huge support and encouragement of our partners Dennis Gornall and Richard Sale and our children Rachel, Martin, Alison, James, Rachel, Patrick and Joseph.

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