The benefits of coaching in your school

August 21, 2019 admin No comments exist

Changes are taking place almost on a daily basis in our schools, and a headteacher needs to be careful that the time, effort, and finance put into any initiative is very likely to have positive outcomes. This is the ROI, or return on investment. In the earlier sections when I spoke about the benefits to adults and also the impact of coaching on the culture of the school, I mentioned how a constructive culture in any organisation is found to reap great benefits.

 

What this means

Some of the benefits that will be derived from coaching can be qualitative but nevertheless extremely important. These include things like more effective teamwork, more positive relationships between members of staff and students, greater levels of accountability accepted by people, challenges being met with more enthusiasm, conflict situations reduced, and staff becoming more interested and supportive of each other.

 

Why it is important

The overall benefits of developing a constructive culture, which are brought about by coaching, have been researched by a number of people including Kotter and Heskett. In addition, the specific benefits of coaching have been assessed by international organisations such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers who found that the mean return on investment of coaching was 7 times the initial investment. If this is indeed true, then the question of why coaching is not more widely used in schools, as well as many other organisations, might leave us perplexed. The likelihood is that it is a combination of a lack of understanding about what coaching is, the perceived greater time involved in coaching people rather than just instructing them on what they should do, and the associated cost involved in training people and giving them time to coach each other.

Some of the benefits of coaching for a school

 

  1. School outcomes improve
  2. School culture improves
  3. Challenges are welcomed
  4. Teamwork enhanced
  5. Staff share ideas
  6. Shared leadership
  7. Conflict reduced
  8. More positive relationships
  9. More accountability
  10. Focus on improvement

 

 

How to use this

As with any other initiative that you might bring into the school, and as the headteacher, it is important that ways of assessing the impact of coaching are thought about by you and your staff at the outset. Then, using the language of coaching, the ‘current reality’ of a number of key important factors within the school before coaching has been initiated, can be assessed and compared with the new ‘current reality’ at later dates, which may be both 12 months and two years later on. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the specific aspects of the school (e.g. levels of student learning, staff morale, etc) that you wish to affect by coaching, are decided upon at the very outset of your coaching programme. Clearly there will also be elements of serendipitous benefits that come along from the coaching programme, which is important to be on the lookout for as well.

 


 

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