Research is showing that coaching may be a solution to mass burn-out among school professionals, including school leaders. Viv Grant and Professor Rachel Lofthouse explain their findings

CollectivED – the Centre for Coaching, Mentoring and Professional Learning at Leeds Beckett University – recently published an evaluation of a year-long headteacher coaching programme (2019). The coaching was provided by Integrity Coaching and funded in 2018/19 by the National Education Union.

We hear a lot of the difficulties faced by headteachers in England, but rarely hear of potential evidence-based solutions. At a time when the challenges in the education system are becoming acute, it is essential that we find approaches which support school leaders and allow them to contribute to sustainable school cultures.

The findings from the evaluation identified that there is significant potential within coaching for meeting the support needs of headteachers and addressing the increasingly high levels of burn-out among senior school leaders. Some of the key themes that arose from the report were that coaching:

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