Switched On Schools is a coaching programme combining 1-to-1s and group ‘Coaching Circles’ with colleagues from education settings from across the region. The support is suited to, but not limited to, those school staff with inclusion, pastoral, mental health/wellbeing, safeguarding and behaviour responsibilities.
Coaching is proving to have a significant positive impact in schools and forms a highly effective part of CPD. It enables professionals to receive a personalised network of support, whilst also taking part in valuable, contextual dialogue that helps to problem solve, improve wellbeing, and enhance performance.
The programme consists of both monthly 1-to-1 coaching sessions and half-termly ‘Coaching Circles,’ all facilitated and led by our CEO and Founder Tim Wakefield. Tim is an experienced practitioner, with qualifications in coaching and mentoring, educational leadership and SEMH, plus 15 years in the Alternative Provision sector and a Senior Mental Health Lead coach.
Participants will meet on a 1-to-1 basis with Tim on 8 occasions, each lasting for 60 minutes. This gives the opportunity to have an open dialogue and discuss anything within their professional lives, allowing participants to share, reflect and action plan in a confidential, safe space. This is further complemented by the series of 5 coaching circles, each 90 minutes in duration, that help create a communities of practice model where small groups of peers, facilitated by Tim, work collaboratively to explore the challenges and complexities of their jobs, discussing effective ways to tackle issues and share good practice, especially around contextual decision making and whole school policy.
All sessions are online with 1-to-1s delivered flexibly depending on an individual’s availability, and coaching circles delivered as twilight sessions. Each coaching circle has a topic theme, and includes discussions and resources linked with the coaching circle title.
• Wednesday May 3rd 2023 – “Nurturing positive, effective and supportive school relationships and policies.”
• Wednesday July 5th 2023 – “Mental Wellbeing in schools and how to support pupils, parents and colleagues.”
• Wednesday October 11th 2023 – “Managing difficult conversations and challenging behaviours.”
• Wednesday December 6th 2023 – “Identifying and managing a range of mental health and wellbeing interventions.”
• Wednesday February 21st 2024 – “Looking forward – recognising your signature strengths and impact of values on well-being.”
For more information contact Tim Wakefield on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01902 552 288.