It has been another busy term of coaching across the Regional Improvement Collaborative. Cohort 4 of the ‘Getting Started with Coaching’ programme ran during May. 126 educators have now taken part in this programme to refresh or develop their skills to use a non-directive coaching approach to support colleagues, children, young people and families.
The second cohort of the ‘Introduction to Leadership Coaching’ programme concluded in early June with another 24 colleagues successfully completing the 12-hour programme. A further 13 colleagues completed the ‘GTCS Coaching Diploma: Coaching for Success’, with seven going on to complete the Train the Trainer programme, enabling them to facilitate the programme for others.
Feedback from all programmes has been really positive with 100% of participants telling us the professional learning has built their confidence and capacity to lead others and change, and also to support colleagues handle pressure and stress. A huge thank you to all those who have participated in programmes and engaged so fully at a really busy time of year.
“My learning has allowed me greater insight on how to facilitate leadership conversations in a more engaging and effective manner. I am growing in confidence in terms of applying a coaching framework during conversations and am seeing the benefits of listening and coaching skills.”Secondary Teacher, Aberdeenshire
A Leadership Workstream Case Study Sway showcases some of the many benefits of coaching.
If you are interested in developing your coaching skills next session, look out for professional learning opportunities which will be shared on both our website and SharePoint site pages. You can also discover more about approaches to coaching through the Northern Alliance Coaching Resource Sway.
The Scottish Government has announced new support to be offered to school staff as part of a £1.5 million funding package to help manage additional pressures as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of and links to this package of support are included on this page of Education Scotland’s website: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/learning-resources/strengthening-support-for-school-staff/