Coaching: Developing Master Coaches, a case study

Richard Lockyer | Jan 25, 2023

A new initiative from our partners in Canada led by Amy Curry has involved the roll-out of Master Coaches, who oversee coaching development in schools. The educational system in the Western Quebec School Board (WQSB) is underpinned by mentor-coaches, who are working with their colleagues throughout the Board’s schools. Thanks to a new raft of funding,…

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Impact Case Study: Diverse Academies Trust 2022

Richard Lockyer | Jan 22, 2023

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Impact Case Study: The Pioneer Academy 2022

Richard Lockyer | Nov 29, 2022


Great coaching will speed effective growth (Case study: Part 3 of 3)

Richard Lockyer | Nov 28, 2022

The process of professional development, from compliance to growth, requires clear communication to all involved from the outset. In the conclusion of his series on developing the schools within Diverse Academies, Jamie Tegerdine explains the importance of communicating the new approach to all involved through effective coaching. Growing our people – PIPS to PDPs -an…


Teacher development is crucial to school transformation (Case study: Part 2 of 3)

Richard Lockyer | Nov 21, 2022

In the second instalment in our series on schools’ transformation, Jamie Tegerdine, Strategic Lead for Teaching, Learning and Professional Development – Diverse Academies Trust, explains the elements that make up the organisation’s approach and presents the evidence to justify it. Growing our people  – PIPS to PDPs – an evolution not a revolution Jamie writes…



Richard Lockyer | Nov 14, 2022


The process of school transformation (Case study: Part 1 of 3)

Richard Lockyer | Nov 13, 2022

Step by step, Diverse Academies is transforming its schools. In this series we are invited inside the process. Diverse Academies based in Retford is in the middle of moving towards an effective collaborative learning community across its network of schools. This transformation is very much a work in progress. Jamie Tegerdine, Strategic Lead for Teaching,…



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Look further afield for the most effective coaching insights

Richard Lockyer | Jul 12, 2022

When Dame Pat Collarbone searched for a new coach, she was keen to find someone outside of education. Coaching has played a critical part of professional development in England, and its role in school transformation is one that we’ve touched upon numerous times before. In previous articles we have recorded how Dame Pat’s work brought…

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Valuing and investing in staff is key to success of new MAT

Julia Ward-Hastelow | Dec 18, 2019

Adopting OLEVI’s coaching ethos and language of learning sees one newly formed MAT, Sharnbrook Academy Federation, develop a growth culture that values CPD for all – taking teaching and learning to new heights.

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How the OTP PLUS builds a self-sustaining growth culture

Julia Ward-Hastelow | Sep 17, 2019

Paul Day, Leading Practitioner for Teacher Development, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, reflects on the value and impact the OTP PLUS programme has on driving forward a self-sustaining growth culture. To further ‘grow the top’ and develop a growth culture of excellence in our school, and the schools we work with, there needed to be a…