Coaching can have a positive influence on staff wellbeing, morale and performance in schools. Denise Barrows outlines four particularly powerful coaching conversations that leaders can use to achieve this sort of transformative impact


Imagine a new teacher comes to you feeling really low. “My last lesson bombed,” they say, “I’ll struggle to get that class back on board now.” How do you respond?

This is a chance not only to help this teacher pick themselves up after a difficult lesson but to help them learn from this experience and emerge with a new level of confidence.

Most good leaders will naturally want to be helpful here by listening or offering some time to reflect on what happened, but by actively taking a coaching approach, this kind of situation can be turned into an opportunity to enable a deep and lasting change in others.

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