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

Definitions of Coaching and Learning

Definitions of coaching and learning

In this chapter we will look at:

  • Definitions of both coaching and learning
  • How learning and coaching connect in education today
  • What sorts of coaching might be appropriate
  • A brief history of coaching

Coach What are you hoping for from this chapter?

Sarah A shared understanding of what coaching and learning are, and a shared language for talking about them.

Mannie We'll outline the differences between coaching and other forms of learning relationship and then give an overview of the history of coaching and how it fits with recent developments in other fields.

Sarah So it's about the wider territory of coaching and how it connects with education and psychology as well.

Coach What's important to you here?

Mannie Well, coaching is now a requirement in ...

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