Coaching plays a key part in supporting the current education agenda. This book is both broad in range and specific in detail. It helps school leaders explore how coaching relationships can lead to increased attainment and capacity for learning, benefitting both education professionals and the young people in their care.

The chapters cover: models and types of coaching; specific frameworks for coaching; the impact of coaching on personal and professional development; how coaching can impact on raising attainment; how coaching can improve teaching and learning.

Written by experienced educators and coaches, this book provides insight for all those involved in school leadership. Analysis of case studies involving professionals working in early years, primary, secondary and post-16 settings highlights what makes coaching effective. Further reflection shows how coaching and learning are inextricably connected. Clear explanations of coaching models and tools enable readers to expand their own range as coaches.

Sarah Gornall is a Leadership Coach and the Director of Coaching Climate. Mannie Burn works with Best Practice Network and as an independent coach in schools



This introductory chapter includes:

  • Our aims in writing the book
  • A guide to the shape of the book
  • An explanation of our use of dialogue to start each chapter
  • An overview of the contents of each chapter

Coach How about starting by telling me a bit about the book?

Mannie The idea first came to me as I was walking the dog! I found myself thinking that coaching often appeals to school leaders at a gut level. Although they instinctively see its potential, they may not have the time to look into it in depth. I thought that a book that laid out the big picture and key points about coaching under one roof could be useful.

Coach You're sounding excited …

Mannie Yes, I think it's worth spending time exploring coaching ...

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