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

Our Position

Our position

In this chapter we will look at:

  • What we bring to this book as authors
  • Our own experience of coaching and being coached
  • A headteacher's perspective on the impact of coaching
  • Some reflections on the nature of coaching

Coach What's this chapter all about?

Sarah It's about setting the scene for the whole book: talking about our own passion for coaching and learning, and in a sense, declaring our bias.

Coach Bias?

Sarah Well, I hope an idea of where we're coming from will help readers weigh up the messages in the book against their own values and view of education.

Mannie Values and educational philosophy are central to our interpretation of coaching, so the book might not make sense without an overview on this.

Coach Your interpretation?

Mannie Coaching is not a ...

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