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The Leadership Coaching Skills Programme

What have headteachers said?

  • “Highly beneficial professionally, an extremely powerful programme that will undoubtedly lead to school improvement.”
  • “Brilliant, liberating, rewarding and pro-active.”
  • “Fantastic, it has been so beneficial.”
  • “A fabulous professional development opportunity… very worthwhile!”

Who is it for?

The Leadership Coaching Skills (LCS) programme is for leaders in education, serious about developing their own leadership potential and that of others. With the phenomenal complexity and rate of change experienced by most organisations at the moment, leadership has become the single most important master skill for success. And such leadership needs to attend to the very particular human wonders, surprises and relationships within each organisation ~ people and their real potential. Leadership coaching skills are essential for developing organisational and personal wellbeing and performance in this field.

In one sense we all know this. What the LCS Programme does is to help us learn very specifically how to do this. The very next day after the first three-day programme, you will work differently, you will think differently, you will understand differently.

The potential for organisations when the core leadership all begin to work with similar knowledge and understanding is immense.

What will it achieve?

 By the end of the programme you will see and understand:

  • how leadership coaching can accelerate professional learning and performance;
  • how leadership coaching can help find a way through issues and challenges which at first seem insurmountable; and
  • how we can develop new insights and approaches to our own work and how we can help others to do the same.

What does it involve?

You will learn through tutor modelling and observation, through first-hand experience of working with a coach and through guided and carefully structured skills development in small groups.

The Leadership Coaching Skills Programme Level 1

Awareness and Responsibility  ~ “Know thyself”

A three-day programme, involving two consecutive days followed by Day 3 after six to eight weeks.

Learning Outcomes 

The programme focuses on specific outcomes in terms of your skills, knowledge and understanding:

  • being able to work with a range of leadership coaching styles and approaches for different purposes;
  • understanding the place of emotional intelligence in the human interactions and processes of the workplace;
  • being able to improve such processes;
  • being able to help with the performance, learning and development of others;
  • being able to apply highly-developed skills of listening, attending, enabling and challenging; and
  • developing professional reflection, learning and enquiry.


 The nature of influence

The landscape of coaching

Coaching principles and purposes

Coaching roles and styles

The taboo of help

Listening, real listening

Structuring conversations

Reality and awareness

Ideal and creativity

Emotion and intelligence

Action and responsibility


Coaching as action-learning

Emotional intelligence in the workplace

Coaching for work/life balance


The Leadership Coaching Skills Programme Level 2

Performance and Accountability ~ “We are social”

The Level 2 programme, involving a further three days, is open to those who have completed Level 1. The programme builds on your skills and experience of the person-centred coaching at Level 1 and focuses on stretching and deepening your coaching repertoire with particular attention to coaching in the organisation with all its tensions, dynamics and complexities.

Level 2 is essential for headteachers and senior leadership teams who are expected to coach as part of their leadership role or job description. It provides you with the tried and tested core base for effective leadership coaching in schools.

Learning Outcomes

Level 2 focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding for:

  • establishing sound contracting arrangements appropriate to context and purpose;
  • coaching in a leadership role for learning, performance and accountability;
  • attending to the ethics and boundaries of coaching;
  • reflecting on and critiquing your own leadership coaching practice; and
  • contributing to team and organisational learning in this field.


 Leadership as a social function

Self, service and others

Soft systems dynamics and analysis

The nature of tensions and barriers

Empowering leadership

Relationships: an organising principle

Leadership as a sense of self

De-centring from the ego

Co-active coaching

Contracting, ethics and boundaries

Emotion and performance


Coaching and school improvement

Opening up practice to scrutiny by peers

Reflective practice

Programme impact: what differences have programme participants seen in themselves and in the teams they work with?

  • “Increased professional conversations in the classroom.”
  • “More staff on board to manage change.”
  • “Increased self-awareness and more positive attitude to school policy and teamwork.”
  • People “trust to come to me. Attitudes to challenges have become more positive.”
  • “More willingness to contribute without needing to be told what to do.”
  • “Relationships are much more positive as trust and mutual respect are built.”
  •  “Staff meetings led in a more open manner.”
  • “A calmer and more ‘effortlessly professional’ approach to managing personnel and workload – better relationships.”
  • “More emotionally resilient and able to slow down and make more effective decisions.”
  • “People are more open to talk about issues that lead to an end result rather than just talk about it in the staff room where the issues just escalate.”
  • “The levels of trust and honesty have increased dramatically.”

 Our Fracilitator, Dr Paul Simmons, FRSA (Independent Coaching)

Paul is an experienced Executive Coach and member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Over a number of years at the University of Manchester, he led on the research and development of coaching for leaders in education. He has taught on Masters and Doctoral programmes. Most of his work now is with schools and colleges, helping to develop coaching expertise and culture. Paul has worked as a teacher, governor, examiner, County Advisor and Registered Inspector of Schools.


Delegate Rate

£500 + VAT per delegate (Includes lunch and refreshments)


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