Improving performance through coaching and mentoring

Over recent years, coaching & mentoring have attracted more and more attention as a critical element in the professional development of teachers, featuring in Ofsted reports, and taking a higher profile in schools’ strategic plans for raising performance and improving the quality of teaching.

In May 2014, Sir Andrew Carter was appointed to chair an independent review into initial teacher training. One of the specific remits of this review was to look at what elements create really effective mentoring arrangements for trainee teachers. They reported back in July 2016 with a set of non-statutory national standards designed to:

  • Foster greater consistency in the practice of mentors by identifying the effective characteristics of mentoring
  • Raise the profile of mentoring and provide a framework for the professional development of current and aspiring mentors.
  • Contribute towards the building of a culture of coaching and mentoring in schools.

You can download the National Standards for school-based initial teacher training (ITT) mentors here.

For some time, there has been compelling evidence that providing colleagues with a safe space in which to reflect upon and develop their classroom practice plays a key role in helping them overcome the changing professional challenges they must face. This approach also helps them to be happier and more successful in their work, and helps to raise the performance of schools or colleges, and improve outcomes for pupils.At PBM Training we have introduced a range of courses designed to help educational professionals to develop coaching and mentoring skills that can be used in school to improve performance and raise attainment. Within this series are

Improving Performance through Coaching & Mentoring – The Basics

The first half of this course will give delegates a clear understanding of what is meant by coaching & mentoring, and how such processes work. It then guides delegates through the decisions they need to make in order to ensure the school gets the full benefit of implementing coaching and mentoring, or extending its use. These include clarifying objectives, selecting & matching learning partners, training & supporting coaches/mentors and measuring success. The second half of the course will provide delegates with some of the skills and know-how they need to get started, including building the learning partnership, creating a ‘safe space’, clarifying learning goals and ensuring quality outcomes. [read more]

Improving Performance through Coaching & Mentoring – Building Skills

The course will begin by briefly re-capping key messages from the introductory programme (see above), before training delegates in the core skills of coaching and mentoring conversations. These include listening and questioning skills, coaching models, feedback, storytelling & metaphor. In addition, the course will address some of the key challenges encountered by coaches & mentors and offer helpful techniques and approaches to address these. Finally, the topic of coaching styles will be examined. Throughout the day there will be practice sessions and case studies [read more]

Both of these courses are provided by Jonathan, who is an author, management consultant and who advises many organisations on mentoring and coaching. Jonathan has published numerous books and articles on mentoring, leadership and change. He is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching council and is on the NHS Leadership Academy Register of Executive Coaches.

Jonathans most recent publication is a guide to effective mentoring in schools and is designed for school leaders and teachers. It details clear strategies, examines the strategy in action and summarises the relevant underpinning theory. The book compliments the two courses outlined above and the workshops provide an opportunity to work with a leading practitioner.

Both courses are available as INSET training and both courses can be tailored to meet your school’s exact requirements. Alternatively, teachers and school leaders can attend the course at Heath House in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

Contact information:
PBM Inspection Services Ltd, Heath House Training and Conference Centre, Uttoxeter Staffordshire ST14 7BY
Telephone 01889 567 014