Friday, 7 October 2011

Dartmouth Academy talking smart*

Liz, from smart* coaching, went to visit the Vice Principal from Dartmouth Academy (one of our clients), to see how the Academy has cultivated coaching culture through the Personalised Learning Co-ordinators.

Schools are increasingly using coaching to enhance the learning experience for students.  However, there are a variety of different coaching methods being used within education.  Often the words coaching and mentoring are used interchangeably, which can at times cause confusion. 

Here at smart* coaching we are keen for schools to learn core coaching skills and then to blend these with mentoring skills.   It is the balance between coaching and mentoring that seems to have the greatest impact on pupils and staff alike.

We have found that once schools have learnt and developed some core coaching skills, they can then adapt these to the particular needs of the school.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Welcome to Smart Coaching

smart* coaching provide expert training in the following areas. 

Head Teachers and School Leaders
Creating a smart* development plan brings transformation to the culture of learning within your school. This highly successful smart* model uses powerful coaching conversations to release the potential within your existing team - creating a new language of leadership that inspires both staff and students.

• Improve leadership skills
• Build loyal and dynamic teams

Training for Teachers and NQT's
smart* coaching skills build powerful working relationships with colleagues and students. The unique smart* approach offers a model for supportive and productive conversations with colleagues alongside reflective development of teaching practice and proactive support for individual students.

• Use coaching in the classroom
• Master challenging conversations

Training for School Support Staff
smart* smart* coaching offers a simple structured programme for support staff to cultivate successful learning for individual students. This flexible programme (including resources, handouts and evaluation) works alongside existing academic support to achieve lasting results.

• Build a creative and motivated team
• Cultivate successful learning outcomes