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Mentoring and Coaching

'Mentoring' and 'coaching' for executives have become very big businesses recently, especially in the USA but increasingly so in the UK. The use of these techniques in educational contexts has also grown, notably in relation to new teachers, but also in the training and induction of educational leaders.

'Mentoring' - refers to a more experienced individual seeking to assist someone less experienced.

'Coaching' - refers to assisting an individual in job-specific tasks, skills or capabilities, such as feedback on performance.

School leaders have no specific entitlement to such support; but where it occurs it has been a very powerful aid to professional development and improved performance.

For a summary ; See
Mentoring and Coaching for School Leaders

The main roles adopted by principals as mentors of senior leaders in their schools include:
- assisting those who are new leaders to solve their own problems
- acting as a catalyst or sounding board
- providing linkage to people or resources
- discussing issues related to school improvement and management
- offering a range of alternative solutions to problems

There are also many useful links on how mentoring, as well as being mentored, can be helpful in professional development: click below

Mentoring in teacher leadership

Benefits for headteachers as mentors include:
- benefits to their own professional development
- improved performance/problem analysis
- insights into current practice
- awareness of different approaches to headship
- increased reflectiveness
- improved self-esteem.

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