Ten years ago (last June, admittedly) I completed my Advanced Coaching training. Since then coaching has become an increasing valuable system and recognised as a mainstream approach to personal and professional development. Regrettably, it has not become the “tool-du-jour” as I referred to it in my original blog post and as I hoped back then.
Since 2007, schools have been submitted to sustained pressure, criticism and weight of expectation. As a result, staff have had to bear this burden and there has been a resultant impact on well-being and performance. The crisis in recruitment and retention is part of a wider challenge in professional life and therefore we are surely at a point to revisit the principles of coaching and their impact on schools.
In the past decade there has been an increased, an improved, focus on mental health and well-being, and schools, inevitably and necessarily, are at the forefront of making a difference to the lives of the children and staff that inhabit them. We have always known that happiness leads to productivity in the workplace, the retention of staff and children willing and ready to learn. Therefore the attention that we have on the human needs of belongingness, love and esteem, is something that we can fully embrace in the development of a coaching culture in our schools.
I am looking forward to the journey to becoming a Licensed Coach Trainer (finally, after 10 years!) and supporting the development of a coaching culture in my School Trust and beyond.