Coaching in Education

Why should business get all the benefits of coaching?

90% of organisations use coaching.  99% say it has tangible benefits for individuals (CIPD 2008). The commercial world clearly “gets” the benefits of coaching:

  • It makes financial sense to help managers to encourage problem-solving in their colleagues, rather than running themselves ragged trying to do everything themselves
  • The return on investment coaching gives – in one study identified as approximately 5 fold – is dramatic
  • People learn to develop their own strategies for self-management and professional performance.

Why is coaching relevant to teachers?

A study in Australia (Grant et al Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research 2010, Vol. 62, No. 3, 151–168) used randomised control testing to investigate the impact of teaching.  They found that the group that received coaching:

  • self-reported higher levels of achievement than the control group
  • used constructive leadership styles more often
  • reduced levels self-reported aggressive/defensive and passive/defensive leadership styles

This work gives quantitative evidence, as well as qualitative evidence of the positive effect of coaching.   The researchers concluded that coaching has a lot to offer teachers and others in terms of well-being and performance.

Ofsted have recommended that schools extend their use of coaching and mentoring (“Good Professional Development in Schools” 2010).

Can kids learn to coach?

Absolutely!  For example, Myton School in Warwickshire is establishing a “coaching culture” in the school for staff and students.   KS5 students of all abilities were trained as coaches and reported really enjoying the process, as well gaining great skills.  In one study secondary school students trained to be coaches reported higher levels of emotional intelligence and those who were coached met or exceeded their academic targets (van Nieuwerburgh, Zacharia, Luckham, Prebble & Browne, 2012).

Can coaching help kids to learn?

The research says: Yes it can!

  • There is evidence to suggest a link between coaching of teachers and the achievement of their students (Ross, 1992, Cornett & Knight, 2008).
  • A research project in the West Midlands has shown that “coaching can contribute to student performance” [meaning examination results] Passmore & Brown, 2009
  • Personal coaching for students led to “significant increases in levels of cognitive hardiness and hope…” (Green, Grant & Rynsaardt, 2007)

How easy is it to achieve a coaching culture?

Coaching should be experienced and practised by school leaders first, so that they become role-models for their staff.  A coaching programme provided by qualified and experienced coaching professionals is a clear starting point.

The key skills of coaching are straightforward to develop; questioning, listening, challenging, giving feedback.  It is important to understand the process of coaching, so that it is used to achieve changes in behaviour, rather than merely being conversational.  Developing coaching style involves the demonstrating the ability to establish rapport, be non-judgemental and curious.  These are the qualities which make coaching transformative.

If you would like to have a no obligations conversation about coaching do get in touch with

Jane Green-Armytage on             07977 932551 or            jane@athenaprofessional.co.uk or

Nicola Jones on                                07799 237479 or            nicola@athenaprofessional.co.uk