Building Leadership Capacity
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.
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The main roles adopted by principals as mentors of senior leaders in their schools include:
There are also many useful links on how mentoring, as well as being mentored, can be helpful in professional development: click below
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.