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Know your Head: Alex Griffiths

09 Jul 2020

Know your Head: Heather Brand

03 Jul 2020

Collective efficacy has never been so important

14 Apr 2020

Coaching Network Training Day -Feb 13th 2020 9-3pm

06 Dec 2019

Guest speakers (all current teachers) will be telling it 'how it is'..

The vocational versus the pragmatic..

26 Feb 2019

Another one bites the dust

08 Feb 2019

Staff retention rates have, and always will be, an issue in such volatile and complex environments such as schools.

Staying ‘woke’

21 Nov 2018

Lest we forget.

What does coaching in schools really do?

31 Oct 2018

I would like to think that there is consensus in the 'business' of educating young people that the most impactful thing we can all work towards is improving teacher quality. In fact 'The quality of education in England depends on the quality of the teachers in our schools' according to the National Audit Office, Training New Teachers, HC (2015–16) 798 Working with and coaching so many talented and hard working teachers in our schools: I do not know of any teachers that are not striving to improve on their own teaching qualities: many for self preservation; to be better organised and to be able to manage the vast numbers of children they manage every day.. but mostly because teachers like learning; they are curious about learning and find it stimulating and want to carry the young people along with them on this. We also know that sometimes improving teacher quality is not about gaining new knowledge but sometimes about getting the old knowledge out. This is where coaching can really have an impact. Working with over 100 teachers and wider educational staff in Norfolk schools, one of many key outcomes of their 1:2:1 coaching from an external and independent coach was that 69 of them noted in freely given feedback that they had pro-actively tried out new strategies to improve their teaching and learning of students. Now, that is quite staggering when you realise that these strategies were all unique to their students, their classes, their schools. Real distributed leadership in action. And the relevance of the visual? Old dogs and new tricks comes to mind. Part One of Eight.

Shortlisted! Why recognition is important

01 Aug 2018

Recognition. So vital and so important. One of the most powerful incidental outcomes of coaching teachers and wider educational staff is that they feel personally and professionally recognised for who they are and what they do. Why do I think that Coach for School Improvement will win the Rural Business Award 2018/9 , for best Educational Business in the East of England? Well, teachers are a backbone and a life force of our rural communities. Teachers inspire children every day to value their environment, their relationships, their community. Coach for School Improvement celebrates these vital contributions made by those serving our rural communities, those who are helping our next generations care for their surroundings. We need to value them and nurture them and challenge them co-constructively. This is what we do. Rural Business is a lonely path. Founding and establishing and then growing a business to support a rural existence is perhaps not as easy as it used to be. Retail is on a downward trend. Professional services and meaningful connections are on the up. This award, sponsored by Amazon, has the immense ability to help grow this business; by offering a badge of credibility, to pique further interest, to self validate my work. But most importantly it triumphs the everyday of the teacher. It sends a message that rural schools can be as relevant and dynamic as the lure of the urban and it supports the structure for teachers from all areas to connect with and learn from each other. It values them. And, from a business perspective, the supposed 20% + increase in productivity for being valued for who you are, in addition to what you do, cannot be disregarded. (Need to now dig out that research from the Hass Business School, Berkeley, California.) #coaching#schools#ruralbusinessawards#ruralbusiness