Year 3 Teacher
“The coaching has helped me to be more proactive and helped me to believe in myself- I’m more confident as a result. I realise what I’m doing that stops me from getting what I want and so it’s not an automatic response anymore. I can choose to respond in a more resourceful way. My headteacher has commented on the improvement in my teaching and my confidence since the coaching. I now have a subject to lead on; history and so I’m contributing to something more strategic in school. I’m now being known as someone who people can go to for advice, so yes; I’ve achieved all three of my goals through this process. What I would say to other teachers is that coaching is definitely something you should do. It not only teaches you about yourself and your career but it makes your career objectives much clearer. It impacts how you see yourself in your team. Before the coaching I had low self esteem. Coaching impacts how you carry yourself. It’s helped me to understand how to communicate effectively, specifically in my coaching triads. I have even been able to give
comments to improve to more experienced teachers, in a non threatening way. It has made me more goals focused so I know where I want to see myself and what I want to do.”
Phase Leader, Key Stage 1
“The coaching has been thought provoking and has made me introspect. It has taught me to prioritise, set goals and actually do it. I’ve used the insights from the coaching training day in particular to build more productive relationships in my Key Stage – it’s helped me to know when and how to say things. I’ve used it in my feedback to people and have used my new observation skills to observe how people are behaving and then I’ve given them time to answer questions. I’ve used my new linguistic skills to build rapport with my colleagues to respond appropriately to what I see and to what specifically people are saying. I am now more present during my interactions with my colleagues and take more notice and so now I can respond more effectively. This has helped me when I’ve been in challenging situations with staff. Taking time to reflect on their viewpoint has been helpful- this is a big skill I’ve developed.”
Year 5 Teacher
“The one to one coaching makes you talk about your practice more. When I’m planning my activities I am now thinking about them more and so am making sure that they’re more specific to the children; more tailored to individual children’s needs. In terms of the goals I set in my one to one coaching, I’ve achieved them all. I’m the Reading Manager now, I’m on the Middle Leaders programme, I’m an NQT mentor and I implement learning interventions quicker.
The coaching has had impact on what I’m doing. It’s motivated me to be the best I can and highlighted the reasons why. It has had a direct and quick impact on my practice, things happened for me really quickly – the effect was quite fast.”
Year 4 Teacher
“The one to one coaching sessions helped me to focus on my priorities more and helped me to find a new direction. It’s quite unlike anything that has happened to me in school before. The one to ones were very individual and holistic, they encouraged reflection and stock taking, as it were. In the coaching training last week, I was very surprised to discover how important body language is and it was very interesting to start to learn how to look for the signs. It was interesting to learn the difference between mentoring and coaching and I really value the coaching type of approach because it is supportive and trusting – a professional way of doing observations. I always like the idea of pooling ideas and resources and this coaching model has enabled that. I’d definitely recommend this to other teachers.”
Year 4 Teacher
“The training and coaching have both been very useful. They’ve made me become able to do things that I was thinking about but had not done and now I am able to prioritise what I want to do. Coaching has really helped me in my teaching. There were two things that I wanted to put into place but I was thinking of only one way of doing them and so they failed. Coaching really helped me to get new ideas and utilise other strategies. As a result, the confidence of some of my pupils is now through the roof. They have more respect for each other and for my role as their teacher because they have experienced themselves how hard it is to gain and keep children’s attention – they do the behaviour management now and not me! It has enabled them to show empathy with the teacher because they now understand the impact of talking in class. As a result of the goal setting during my coaching sessions, I expressed an interest in BLP and now I’ve been given the responsibility of BLP next year and have been on training courses. I’m going to be combining BLP with SEALS. I have definitely benefited from the coaching; it’s improved my teaching and made me find ways of making my life easier which means I can do more things.”
“In terms of setting my goals, I was very vague at first during my one to one coaching sessions, but now I am definitely more specific on what I want to do and how I want to do it. Being more specific has been the biggest thing I’ve got out the coaching because it has made things achievable. I’ve used all the skills Naila has taught me in the classroom. I’ve seen changes in the way I organise the adults in my classroom and this has had a positive effect on how the classroom runs. I have a clearer idea of what I want them to do, I’m clearer about my expectations and they know how to fulfil them. The result is a more efficient and effective classroom, better quality provision and generally better quality teaching… it’s worked!
The coaching has made me learn how to find out myself what I need to do and the outcome is that I’m confident to do things with my pupils.. I’m using new ways of questioning – I’ve adapted my questioning to make a real difference and am now getting answers from all my pupils not just the ones who are loudest.”
Year 4 Teacher
“The one to one coaching sessions have helped me to see that I belong in the school and shown me that I have succeeded to be here. They have made me aware of what I would like to achieve with the children. It has increased my confidence; I have appreciated the time to discuss personal worries in a safe environment with someone who is genuinely interested. The whole process has been cathartic and empowering. Having the opportunity to step back and look at myself is empowering as is acknowledging my success. It has helped me to continue to build on things I was doing subconsciously and so I’m now doing things consciously e.g. imparting values and principles to my pupils.
My advice to other teachers is to be open. Naila is very easy to talk to and to discuss things with and you are free to get anything you want out of the coaching”