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Collecting evidence

Collecting evidence

Part of the Coachmark application process is to complete the Coachmark ‘Criteria and portfolio of Evidence’. This document has been designed to support you in evaluating, celebrating and developing your school’s coaching practice and will assist you in achieving the highest standards in coaching at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

A highly effective method of evidence collection is to gather views from colleagues via a survey. Even better if the survey can be completed anonymously. In this way colleagues will give their honest opinions and you will have a snapshot of how well this approach is working.

We’d like to share a free tool that you can use for this purpose:

It’s a FREE and easy-to-use, online survey tool. You can create your own simple survey and then invite participants to log on and complete it. Surveys are VERY easy to create.

It works well to conduct a survey at the beginning of a stage in your coaching journey and do the same again further down the line. This gives a real insight into the changes that result and the impact of coaching on individuals, teams and the whole school.

We’d love to hear how this works for you.

The Coachmark Team

Coachmark supports schools in achieving excellence and recognition through the use of their coaching practices. Contact us for further information: info@coachmark.org.uk

Southfield Park Primary School SHINE

Southfield Park Primary School SHINE

Southfield Park Primary School has high expectations of success where every child can SHINE not just in their academic life but in their personal and social development as well. Their mission statement promises that if children are SUCCESSFUL in their learning, are HAPPY, are INSPIRED and are NURTURED they will EXCEL.

The coaching approach is woven into the fabric of the school and is integral to the SHINE mission statement. We met the head teacher, Kate Gee and the Coach Lead in school, Sally Smith alongside other members of staff and the Year 6 Coaching Crew! Such enthusiasm and commitment for the coaching approach shone through in all the conversations we had. Congratulations Southfield Park Primary School on achieving the GOLD Coachmark!

Southfield Park Primary is one of a growing number of schools in the country who have achieved the Coachmark GOLD Award.

The Coachmark Team

Coachmark supports schools in achieving excellence and recognition through the use of their coaching practices. Contact us for further information: info@coachmark.org.uk

Coaching in the classroom

Coaching in the classroom

Here’s what a group of Year 2 children and their teachers shared with us about their experience of using a coaching approach:

Naomi told us she had learnt, ‘…that I’m definitely more kind than I was and I’m happier!’

Naomi had been very low in confidence and held her head and eyes downwards when with peers. She felt subject to criticism from one particular boy, who said he was ‘only teasing’. Interesting! How often have you come across that response?

Slowly, Naomi became more sure of herself and assertive through the simple coaching tools used – including starting to notice and collect compliments. She started to smile again and became more aware of her strengths. The boy became more aware of the negative impact of his teasing and stopped. Naturally, in the way that happens with young children, they now talk of getting married and pay each other plentiful compliments!

Another boy had a problem with anger linked to low self-esteem. Visualization, using his ideas, was used to assist in dissipating the anger. At the height of his anger he felt as if he was burning like a fierce fire. He visualized blowing the fire out and then kept a self-drawn laminated picture of a fire in his pocket as a reminder that he was in control. He said, ‘It makes me stop being angry at home and in class.’ His parents were so impressed with the change they wrote to the school.

Teachers told us there was a clear growth in confidence in pupils and it fostered a sense of belonging and positive communication. Verbal feedback from children, teachers and parents was very positive.

Let us know your experiences with using coaching techniques and tools with pupils! We’d love to hear. If you have any questions, get in touch!

The Coachmark Team

Coachmark supports schools in achieving excellence and recognition through the use of their coaching practices. Contact us for further information: info@coachmark.org.uk