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Congratulations Ravenscote Junior

Congratulations Ravenscote Junior

Congratulations to Ravenscote Junior School in Frimley, Surrey on renewing their Coachmark Award at the same level showing how they sustain excellence and keep progressing.

 During our visit we were invited to a parent and pupil workshop on coaching in the classroom. There was a tangible buzz as pupils shared their strengths and goals with their parents. Lead School Coach, Dawn Wallace shared ideas on how to use questioning and listening skills to get children talking about their learning at school.

 

Dawn told us, ‘Over time our use of pupil peer coaching and this questioning culture is continuously impacting the way that we work with the children, helping them to become more confident in their ability to problem-solve, consider options for solutions and pick those that they perceive as most beneficial for themselves and those around them. In essence – to become resilient learners.’

 

Ravenscote is one of only a handful 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

 

Conditions to flourish

Conditions to flourish

People deliver great results ‘when they feel really, really valued, not when they feel really, really inspected’!

Experienced Head of English and Advanced Skills Teacher, Sarah Ryce, shares her thoughts with us:

In George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, Eliza Doolittle explains:
‘You see, really and truly, apart from the things anyone can pick up (the dressing and the proper way of speaking, and so on), the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves but how she’s treated. I shall always be a flower girl to Professor Higgins because he always treats me as a flower girl and always will; but I know I can be a lady to you because you always treat me as a lady and always will.’

Being able to spot and nurture potential in our staff is vital if we are to build exceptional schools. To get a business perspective on this, read J. Sterling Livingston’s article ‘Pygmalion in Management’. Livingston explores the transformative power of leaders’ expectations on their colleagues, and the crucial importance of developing young staff.

I recommend Stephanie S. Tolan’s article ‘Is it a Cheetah?’. Although it is about gifted and talented young people, it rings true when thinking about staff development. Tolan takes the metaphor of a caged cheetah to argue that a cheetah will always be the fastest land animal – no matter whether it is caged or free. It may not appear to be the fastest land animal when it is caged, but this does not make it any less a cheetah. It simply lacks the right conditions. Read this in the light of staff development, and the challenge is clear: do we really believe in the potential of our colleagues to be phenomenal teachers? If so, do we provide them with the right conditions to flourish?

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

Why coaching?

Why coaching?

What is it that motivates a school or an individual to explore coaching and make the decision to introduce coaching across the school? Here’s a story to inspire you!


The first school in the country to achieve the Coachmark award started their coaching journey immediately after an Ofsted inspection. The inspection had gone very well. So well, that someone had the audacity to say: 
“Well, there’s only one way to go now isn’t there? Down!”


This prompted the Headteacher and school to look for the best ways of sustaining and further improving standards. They made coaching their focus.

 

West Ewell Infant School and Nursery in Surrey went on to achieve the Gold Coachmark Award and recently, after holding the award for 3 years, they were reassessed and retained their Gold Award status.

 

What inspires and motivates you with regard to coaching?

What impact is coaching having in your school?

 

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