Investing more time in coaching approaches to professional development could pay dividends for your school, says assistant principal Laura Mackay. She offers some tenets of good practice

In recent years, the formalising of coaching as a tool to support professional development has intensified across the educational landscape – and for good reason.

Teachers and leaders often employ constructive listening and utilise the careful questioning skills associated with coaching. Investing more time in developing the range of skills connected to coaching theory and processes can benefit the CPD of all staff and contribute to the collaborative culture of a school.
There are plenty of coaching models to explore, many of which have been used across other sectors. Currently, there is an ever-increasing amount of research that is emerging about how these models might be applicable to education settings.

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