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Coaching Psychology in Schools

Enhancing Performance, Development and Wellbeing, 1st Edition

By Mark Adams


208 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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Coaching psychology is a distinct branch of academic and applied psychology that focuses on enhancement of performance, development and wellbeing in the broader population. In Coaching Psychology in Schools, Mark Adams demonstrates how psychological principles and approaches can be applied in schools to enhance the performance of education practitioners, teams and settings, with corresponding benefits for the children under their care.

Coaching Psychology in Schools aims to put psychology in the hands of the reader, imparting psychology-informed coaching strategies that can enhance effectiveness in supporting others to learn, change and develop. The book challenges traditional notions of how psychology can contribute to education and illustrates how better outcomes for children can be achieved by helping adults to unlock and utilise their resources. The book covers how coaching psychology can be applied to:

Develop classroom practice

Improve teacher performance

Support Continuing Professional Development

Enhance practitioner and team performance, confidence and wellbeing

Support practical problem-solving

Develop individual and organisational resilience

Real-life case examples are used throughout to illustrate practical coaching methods and techniques that are underpinned by established psychological approaches, including solution-focused coaching, cognitive-behavioural coaching, motivational interviewing and many more.

Coaching Psychology in Schools will be essential reading for coaches, psychologists, and education practitioners who have an interest or investment in helping others to move forward, including school leaders, teacher coaches, CPD co-ordinators, advisors and consultants. It will also be of interest to those working in other professional contexts who are interested in finding out more about coaching psychology and its potential applications.


‘A must-read for every head teacher and school leader who values the importance of supporting staff to grow and develop as practitioners. It is skilfully crafted to give the right balance of psychology theory and practical coaching strategies and is easily accessible to those who do not have a psychology background.’ - Claire Banks, Head Teacher, St. Werburgh’s Primary School, Bristol

'Like Mark, I have seen how powerful coaching can be in promoting performance, development and wellbeing in educational settings. In this book he clearly articulates why this is important and illustrates how it can be achieved through a range of case studies. He skillfully describes key psychological theories and practical coaching tools so that any practitioner can use them. Mark’s passion and expertise in coaching and the core values he discusses are themselves embedded within the book, resulting in a personal coaching experience for the reader however experienced, or whatever their role within education.’ - Dr Jak Lee, educational psychologist and coach, lecturer at University of Bristol

‘This innovative book is the first coaching psychology book specifically concentrating on working within schools and will be of interest to professionals who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in order to enhance the performance, development and wellbeing of anybody within this community.’ - Stephen Palmer, from the foreword

'This book provides one of the most comprehensive and accessible descriptions of the role of the coach that I have seen…this is a thoroughly enjoyable and very practical book, which not only clearly describes, but also actually employs, the structure and principles of coaching in its engagement with the reader.' - Carolyn Mumby, Coaching Today

Table of Contents

Foreword by Stephen Palmer. Preface. Acknowledgements. Part One: Foundations. Introduction. 1. What is coaching? 2. Core coaching skills. 3. Structure in coaching 4. Psychology in coaching. Part Two: Applications in education. 5. Non-judgmental observation. 6. Coaching for performance. 7. Coaching for development. 8. Coaching for wellbeing. 9. Coaching for new-to-role practitioners. 10. Problem-solving and solution-finding. 11. Coaching for teams. 12. Developing resilience. Part Three: Reflections, conclusions, and future directions. 13. Pulling it all together. 14. Future directions. Appendix 1: Making coaching work. Appendix 2: Ethics in coaching. References.

About the Author

Mark Adams is a Chartered Psychologist with fifteen years’ experience of working in education as a teacher, educational psychologist, and coaching psychologist. He is the director of Adams Psychology Services, Bristol, providing consultation, coaching and training services to education settings and practitioners, while also supporting others to develop proficiency in coaching skills. Mark is passionate about applying psychology to support others to learn, achieve, and develop.

About the Series

Coaching Psychology

Coaching psychology is a distinct branch of academic and applied psychology that focuses on enhancement of performance, development and wellbeing in the broader population. Written by leading experts, the Coaching Psychology series will highlight innovations in the field, linking theory, research and practice. These books will interest professionals from psychology, coaching, mentoring, business, health, human resources and management as well as those interested in the psychology underpinning their coaching and mentoring practice.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Counseling / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health