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Embedding a coaching culture to go beyond outstanding

How Hayes School is growing its staff and students Beyond Outstanding.

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Nicki Smith, Lead Teacher, at Hayes School, Bromley, shares her experience of coaching and why her school believes a coaching culture is one of the most important reasons for the school’s incredible success.

What first attracted you to the OLEVI coaching programmes? 

I became a passionate supporter of coaching after being coached in preparation for taking on a new role in schools as a Lead Teacher. As an OLEVI Professional Coach, I have utilised my experience of the Power of Coaching and Advanced Power of Coaching programmes, and that of my colleagues, to embed a coaching culture throughout the school. Hayes is such an amazing school with such high expectations of students to achieve that teachers want to grow their practice and meet the challenge. Coaching gives outstanding teachers the time – in a non-judgmental environment – to explore an issue and commit to action. It provides a positive, reflective and challenging culture where growth is supported and celebrated.

How have you used your learning from the OLEVI coaching programmes?

  • ‘Formal’ coaching programme
    This programme is completely voluntary. Fifteen coachees are interviewed and then allocated a coach to help them reflect, evaluate and improve practice and wellbeing; over six sessions, fifteen coaches are trained and then further supported with termly development sessions.Evaluations are collected testimonials from coaches and coachees (including those in senior leadership positions) which are filmed and shared with all staff members.
  • Coaching for all staff
    These stand-alone, introductory sessions are for new and existing staff to ensure teachers:
    • understand coaching principles; and
    • have the opportunity to coach and be coached.
  • Coaching for all students
    Year 13 Formal Coaching programme
    A pilot programme aimed at mirroring the Formal Coaching Programme for staff, with fifteen students in Year 13, trained as coaches, coaching students for six sessions.
    Years 7 and 8 Coaching programme
    Building on the Year 13 pilot, a series of sessions will be delivered to students in Years 7 and 8 by their tutors, ensuring they:
    •  understand coaching principles; and
    •  have the opportunity to coach and be coached.

The leadership at Hayes believes that one of the most important reasons for the school’s incredible success is coaching.