Foundations of Successful Coaching

Foundations of Successful Coaching


Over the years the UCL Institute of Education has been helping colleagues to develop the skills required to coach. Coaching is important for effective leadership anywhere within a school. It complements the mentoring skills already resident in most educational professionals. However, coaching is not an exclusive ‘teacher-specific’ activity; it is useful for leaders throughout the strata of a school and can be offered additionally to those who lead associate and administrative staff.

As a coach you would use your acquired skills to enter into collaborative relationships as a ‘skilled helper’* engaging and ‘growing’ others through challenging dialogue. This process, in its turn strengthens the organisation.

‘Coaching is a predominant style of working together, where commitment to grow the organisation is embedded in a parallel commitment to grow people’ (Clutterbuck and Megginson 2005)

If you are keen to develop yourself as a leader at any level, anywhere within your organisation then coaching is an important tool for your leadership tool box. Increased engagement with coaching is good for the organisation, enabling individuals to refine the craft of leadership and enhance teaching and learning. As we talk more and more about schools as ‘learning organisations’ it is clear that coaching has an important role to play!

*The ‘Skilled Helper’ – a term first used by Gerard Egan


This programme supports those who have undertaken, or are considering, the following UCL Institute of Education programmes:

  • Early Leadership
  • Developing Middle Leaders
  • Extending Leadership
  • National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership
  • National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship
  • Exploring Headship

Who can apply?

Colleagues with leadership and management responsibility.

Programme Structure

This 2 day programme is very practical. It is designed to enable you to learn the key skills of coaching during Day 1, apply the skills in your workplace prior to meeting again on Day 2 to reflect on progress.  

Day 1

  1. What’s the difference between coaching and mentoring?
  2. When do you coach & when do you mentor?
  3. Are you a suitable coach or coachee?
  4. Practise coaching
  5. Self-reflection in preparation for interim coaching

Day 2

  1. How have you progressed as a coach?
  2. Can you build emotional intelligence, rapport & trust?
  3. How does coaching work in organisations?
  4. Coaching practise
  5. Self-reflection and next steps in your professional development


£490 (£440 for LCLL Members)


Tim Lancaster

tel: 0207 612 6617


Last modified: Monday, 15 February 2016, 3:15 PM