Coaching Professional in Education Apprenticeship Level 5 apprenticeship has been designed to equip senior teachers and middle managers with the tools and techniques to improve performance and facilitate growth through individual, team and leadership coaching. It will also help to embed a coaching culture within a school’s wider practice and approach.
By the end of their apprenticeship coaches will be competent to work as professional coaches and have developed enough skills not to require further formal training. Apprentices will establish, not only new skills, knowledge and behaviours but also a mindset required to engage and empower others.
The impact of coaching skills within an organisation is far greater than just the individuals who study the qualification and the coachees they work with. The ripple effect of a coaching culture can be felt throughout the corridors, staff rooms and classrooms of a whole school.
Here are some of the other benefits of using coaching in schools:
- Coaching creates the mindset for someone to be open to change, it creates a willingness to learn because it creates a non-judgemental environment
- Coaching takes people through a learning process so they develop the skills that can be applied to any problem, even when they aren’t being coached
- Coaching creates curiosity and leads to staff asking themselves and others more questions
- Coaching creating independent-thinking students in the classroom
- Coaching shifts responsibility for learning and self-development away the teacher and places it on students
- Coaching allows staff to become better thinkers, making them more reflective and more independent
- Coaching can improve engagement in staff who feel values and invested in and are given more time and space to consider a problem
- Coaching can improve staff wellbeing because it allows them to take more responsibility for their actions and more choices around how they would like to grow
- Investing in coaching results in greater feelings of value and fulfilled leading to greater staff retention
- Coaching can aid recruitment as candidates see – and hear – about how a school supports its staff and enables them to grow
- Because of the length of time it takes and the requirement to demonstrate deliberate coaching practice, the apprenticeship helps to embed good practice within daily duties
- Coaching improves staff development as develop deep-rooted skills and behaviours that are applied daily
All organisations, whether they are in an education setting or a business, are striving to get the best out of their people. Formalised coaching provides the space, time and environment for individuals to think deeply about how they can solve a problem, and how to move themselves – and their teams or students –forward. It also provides a platform for people to be held accountable, to be responsible for their progress.
The Coaching Professional Apprenticeship is delivered over fourteen months and ensures coaches working in a variety of organisations develop the advanced theory, skills and strategies to engage and empower others to enhance their professional performance by building self-belief and encouraging individuals to be self-aware, making them better equipped to collaborate, innovate and deal with daily challenges in the classroom.