The SecEd Podcast: Coaching and mentoring in schools

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode looks at coaching and mentoring as part of effective CPD practice and staff support in schools. Our experts explore different models, when to use coaching and when to use mentoring, how to measure impact, and practices to avoid.

Our experts define coaching and mentoring, how one differs from the other, and how coaching and mentoring practices in schools have changed over the years, including different models and how to measure impact.

We ask what the essentials are that need to be in place in order to make coaching and mentoring effective, including managing expectations, questioning skills, listening skills, switching between coaching and mentoring, and accountability.

We also discuss the challenges – what doesn't work well within the context of coaching and mentoring and why? What lessons have we learned?

This episode is hosted by Bukky Yusuf, a senior leader, science teacher and an educational coach who is also a member of the SecEd editorial board. Our guests are:

  • Dr Helen Wright is an associate and executive coach with LSC Education Ltd. She has been vice chair of the ISC and president of the GSA and has extensive experience in school leadership, both in the UK and internationally.
  • Sean Harris is a former school leader who has returned to the classroom this year as an Assistant Curriculum Leader at Bede Academy in Northumberland. He is a postdoctoral researcher with Teesside University – researching the ways in which we can close attainment gaps and better 'poverty proof' classrooms. He is also a coach, supporting middle and senior leaders and early career teachers.
  • Helen Webb works at Orchard Mead Academy in Leicester as a science teacher and professional coach. She has experience coaching internally and externally supporting teachers and leaders with wellbeing and professional development. She also has many years experience mentoring early careers teachers.

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For details about The SecEd Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at


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