Are you working in Education? Well, hats off to you! Whether you are working in Primary, Secondary or Tertiary sectors we know first hand about some of the challenges you face.
Does coaching and mentoring have a role in education? Mentoring is long established and an important part of pre-registration education. We often think about those inspirational teachers as having mentored us through difficult transitional periods of our lives. Mentoring skills are essential – both for teaching staff to support their students and for supporting new entrants into the professions.
But what about coaching? I was interested to see our local Sixth Form College advertise for a Coach recently, to provide one-to-one and group support for young people taking A levels and grappling with study skills, time management, and a whole host of life skills.
A member of our team, and qualified coach, started her journey as a social worker, family therapist and counsellor. Now a coach specialising in working with children and young people Tricia draws on those skills in her coaching work but finds that the future focus of coaching conversations to be particularly helpful to young people. Whilst coaching is not suitable for any young person in need of counselling, we know from outcomes being achieved, that a timely coaching conversation can really help a young person to get clarity about their goals and set an achievable course of action.
Members of our team are also using these skills in FE & HE settings, with students and staff.
If you work in Education and are interested in learning more about coaching and mentoring skills, please get in touch.