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School Development Service

Leadership and Management


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School Leader as Coach

Course Details


The course is 3 days in total, delivered over 2 days with a follow up day approximately 4 weeks later.

All sessions are full day training 9-4pm.


  • Explain the Coaching Process.
  • Identify, describe and apply tools and techniques used in Coaching Practice.
  • Examine and Recognize the Need to Develop Relationships to Support Coaching Practice.
  • Reflect on Leading Coaching within the School Community.


  • A highly practical, participative and interactive approach that affords participants the opportunity, in a safe environment, to practice the skills of coaching
  • Input from experienced, qualified trainer/coaches
  • Experiential with a facilitative, invitational approach with discussion in small groups and one to one coaching practice
  • Challenging and supportive


Principles and assumptions about coaching

  • Consideration is given to defining coaching , outlining the benefits of coaching both as a methodology and leadership style along with exploring the values you bring to coaching relationships.

Key coaching skills

  • The fundamental skills required for effective coaching are establishing rapport and trust, creating an environment that offers challenge and support, deep listening, questioning, being able to paraphrase and summarize discussion, surfacing understanding and insight in the coachee and offering feedback.

The Coaching process and practical tools/techniques

  • This will introduce you to some widely known and used coaching models such as GROW along with some of the psychological and emotional intelligence models that underpin effective coaching practice and help with understanding our own and others’ behaviours.

The practice of coaching and reflecting on practice

  • Throughout the course there are opportunities to put your learning into practice with one to one and small group work. You will reflect on your own practice and determine the application of coaching in your own school context.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will;

  • Undertake coaching discussions that help staff members with their learning and to reflect on their practice
  • Recognize the pivotal importance of developing trust to build effective working relationships
  • Enhanced listening, questioning and feedback skills for purposeful coaching discussions
  • Increased leadership capacity

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