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CollectivED in Conversation - Coaching in education: why bother?

During this event we will hold a chain of professional insight conversations. Six CollectivEd partners will discuss the question Coaching in education: why bother?

Each speaker will take turns in a sequence of short conversations, being first an ‘interviewer’ and then a ‘respondent’; making up an hour of lively and informed discussion, which we hope will provoke the audience to engage in reflection and further discussion. Following a break for refreshments the session will be opened to all attendees to participate in the discussion, allowing a range of perspectives, educational practices and contexts to be shared.

The event will be chaired by Rachel Lofthouse, Professor of Teacher Education and founder of CollectivEd at Leeds Beckett University. Rachel tweets at @DrRLofthouse.

Speakers 'in conversation'

Plus Icon Gary Handforth
Gary is Director of Education and Executive Headteacher for Bright Futures Educational Trust which comprises of 8 schools across Greater Manchester and Blackpool. He is also a Trustee and Senior Partner of Challenge Partners. He has written leadership and coaching programmes for both teacher and school leaders in a variety of settings. Gary tweets at @garyth66
Plus Icon Jo Flanagan
Jo is a speech and language therapist and director of Clarity (TEC) Ltd. She uses video-based coaching to enable speech and language therapists and teachers to share expertise when supporting children with speech, language and communication needs through developing communication-rich pedagogies. Jo tweets at @claritytec 
Plus Icon Lou Mycroft
Lou is an independent Thinking Environment coach, facilitator and consultant. Her background is in public health, community development and social purpose teacher education. Research interests include non-hierarchical constellations of practice, anti-heroic leadership and mental health promotion. Lou tweets @loumycroft
Plus Icon Rebecca Tickell
Rebecca is a Senior Consultant for Carnegie Leaders in Learning, a leadership unit based within Leeds Beckett University. She has recently completed her ILM Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring, reflecting her love of learning and commitment to developing others. Rebecca tweets at @rebecca_tickell
Plus Icon Ruth Whiteside
Ruth is currently an assistant head teacher. Much of her role in education over the last twenty years has involved coaching and mentoring new teachers and trainee teachers, and leading the English curriculum. Her current remit is coaching teachers to improve their teaching, which in turn leads to improved outcomes for pupils. Ruth tweets at @ruthcoaching
Plus Icon Simon Feasey
Simon has extensive experience in school leadership, serving as a Primary School headteacher. He offers a coaching service to schools and school leaders on community capacity building. The approach he advocates is one based on relational leadership and the generation of a relationship-centred and dialogical problem-solving approach. Simon tweets at @smfeasey

Event Details

14 March 2018 -
14 March 2018
Leeds Beckett University, Acre Room, James Graham Building, Headingley Campus, Leeds LS6 3QS
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