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Case study: Creating a cross-school coaching culture

Establishing a school coaching culture can be a complex and challenging process. Laura Smith shares three lessons learned after her school’s journey to becoming a ‘coaching school’


Read any of the literature on how to create a coaching culture in your school and you will be presented with a clear, step-by-step approach – a linear plan for how to accumulate the elements which will render your institution a fully-fledged coaching school.

However, the reality for us at Merchant Taylors’ School was far from linear. This article considers what we set out to achieve, the challenges that cropped up along the way, and how we worked together to overcome them.


The plan

Our vision was to transform the school into a place where being “coach-like” was the default approach to school life. In reaching for this goal over the past five years, we have put the following structures in place:

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