Drawing upon the literature and her experience as a professional coach, Helen Webb discusses the importance of effective contracting for in-school coaching programmes, including return on investment, goal-setting, confidentiality and demonstrating impact
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Professional coaching is becoming an increasingly popular strategy to support with the professional development and wellbeing of teachers.

Coaching can have both direct and indirect benefits on student outcomes (Sims, 2019; Sardar & Galdames, 2018).

However, at a time when schools are facing significant funding issues (NAHT, 2018), it is more important than ever that schools can not only benefit from but can also demonstrate the impact of any investment they make into professional development.

Effective contracting ensures that school leaders have a clear idea of the purpose of any coaching programmes, the limitations and boundaries of the coaching relationship, and realistic expectations around intended outcomes and measures of success. This is essential for schools to avoid later disappointment, conflict or unnecessary investment.

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