Coaching School Leaders: what makes a difference and why
We hear a lot of the difficulties faced by headteachers in England, but rarely hear of potential evidence-based solutions. At a time when the challenges in the education system are becoming acute research evidence indicates that coaching of school leaders allows them to contribute to more sustainable school cultures. CollectivED research shows that: • Coaching helps headteachers to gain a greater sense of work-life balance • Coaching provides heads with emotional support • Coaching helps heads to gain confidence in their role as leaders • Coaching supports problem-solving and the need to cope with continuing demands of the job, including emergency management • Coaching helps heads to recognise the importance of developing teachers and systems to better support children’s learning We invite school leaders, governors, trustees, policy-makers, coaches and researchers to join us at this symposium to find out more. The session will include: • What do we mean by coaching? A practical participatory session led by Viv Grant, director of Integrity coaching. • Understanding the problems headteachers face and the impact of coaching. A sequence of short ‘witness’ statements presented in person by school leaders and coaches, including Victoria Carr and Ashok Venkatesh. • Learning from research. Highlights and recommendations of the CollectivED research, presented by Professor Rachel Lofthouse. • Discussion forum. A chance for symposium attendees to share experiences, views and ask questions.