Coaching Connect – Education
The Coaching Connect: Education event was a real success. This was a gathering of like-minded individuals who are inspired by the potential power of coaching in education. We (Liz and Stu) wanted to bring together coaches and educationalists to share ideas and stories. We wanted to provide a space for people to connect and to collaborate.
The line up of presenters
Thanks to all our incredible presenters who gave their time so generously to the event. This included the Teaching Assistants from Caen Community Primary School, Maria Hocking (a coach working with teachers), the Head and Asst Head of Cape Cornwall School and the Y6 Coaches of Woodlands Primary School.
Each presentation created an incredible buzz of enthusiasm and generated lots of ideas. We managed to video snippets to give you a flavour of the day.
The TAs of Caen Community Primary School
The Teaching Assistants at Caen Community Primary School have been taking the lead with Coaching. You can read a short article by the Head about the TA coaching project if you’d like more information.
There were four Teaching Assistants (TAs) from the school and they each shared how their coaching skills are enabling an even deeper connection with the children.
In this first short video clip Sue explains how she always keeps a copy of ‘Fact and Fiction’ in her pocket
The idea of ‘Fact and Fiction’ is a great way of helping children start to identify that they create lots of angst through their thinking (rather than through an actual event). In this next short video another of the TAs shows how the Fact and Fiction list works well with small groups of children too.
The Mood Elevator has also proved incredibly useful with children too. This enables the TAs to identify whether a child is ready to engage with learning or not. In this video clip one of the TAs shows how she shares this with the children
The final clip (below) shows how coaching is supporting the Teaching Assistants to help the children to think through their Learning Objectives. A coaching style is enabling the TA to help the children to work things out for themselves.
Maria Hocking – Life Coach of teachers
Maria Hocking works extensively in schools supporting teachers. She finds that many teachers are under a lot of pressure and that the coaching is a vital time for reflection. Maria is a great story teller and here is a short except from her presentation. Maria tells the story of a children’s adventure game that reveals the importance of allowing the mind to settle.
Cape Cornwall – developing a coaching culture
Cape Cornwall School started developing a coaching culture two years ago. The Head Teacher (Julie Nash) and the Asst Head (Emily Hill) have noticed how a coaching approach is actually SAVING them time! In this video various parts of this joint presentation have been woven together to illustrate how coaching is evolving at Cape Cornwall
The Y6 coaches
Last year I worked with an amazing group of Y6 Coaches you can read an article and watch a video about these children who are coaches. The current Y6 coaches also gave a presentation. The presentation is not my finest video-work, however the youngsters do a great job of taking you through their own journey of first applying to become a coach, then being trained and finally working with their coachees
About Liz Scott
Liz Scott is a Coaching Skills trainer and 3P practitioner. She helps develop coaching cultures within schools and organisations. Liz uses her understanding of the 3Ps within her training and is experiencing great success and results in the organisations she is working in. Download an Introduction to the Three Principles here. Find out more about Liz at Liz Scott Coaching and Training