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Coaching conversations: The key questions

Coaching can be a powerful technique to help middle leaders support teachers in challenging circumstances. Martin Matthews looks at the basics and considers some key coaching questions

He was just lying there in the road, not moving and then he got up and started walking in circles. I felt awful. I didn’t mean to reverse over him. I feel so bad, because he set fire to his tail the other day when he walked past a candle I had lit for Valentine’s day...”

I nodded – partly in sympathy, partly in bemusement.

She tried to stop herself from sobbing: “A burnt tail and run over in the same week – the vet said he’d be fine, but I feel awful.”

“Okay,” I said. “Shall we talk about your performance management targets a little later? Would you like a cup of tea first?”

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