Coaching Students in Secondary Schools : Closing the Gap between Performance and Potential book cover
1st Edition

Coaching Students in Secondary Schools
Closing the Gap between Performance and Potential

ISBN 9781138080492
Published October 12, 2017 by Routledge
232 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $32.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This practical, evidence-based guide provides a comprehensive introduction to the coaching of secondary school students. Using a clear, step-by-step structure, the book explores how coaching can help students improve performance, enhance wellbeing, develop skills and achieve goals. The ultimate aim is to help the student become his or her own coach.

Divided into six parts, Coaching Students in Secondary Schools explores all of the key aspects of coaching, from basic coaching skills to effective methods of evaluation. Having explained why coaching benefits students, the book shows readers how to adopt a 'coaching approach,' structure a formal session, launch a coaching programme and measure its success.

Topics covered include:

  • the uses and benefits of coaching
  • the evidence for coaching
  • core coaching skills
  • conducting coaching sessions
  • the practicalities of coaching
  • evaluating the impact of coaching.

With real-life scenarios and examples embedded throughout, Coaching Students in Secondary Schools will be essential reading for practising secondary school teachers, classroom assistants and student support staff.

Table of Contents





Part I: Background and prerequisites

Chapter 1: The benefits of coaching

Chapter 2: What is coaching?

Chapter 3: The evidence for coaching

Chapter 4: The coaching mindset

Part II: Core coaching skills

Chapter 5: Rapport-building, listening and reflecting

Chapter 6: Questioning

Chapter 7: Affirming

Part III: Coaching sessions and coaching programmes

Chapter 8: The 'GROW' model

Chapter 9: Goals and goal-setting (G)

Chapter 10: Reality (R)

Chapter 11: Options (O)

Chapter 12: Will (W)

Chapter 13: A coaching programme

Part IV: Emotional obstacles

Chapter 14: Understanding emotional obstacles

Chapter 15: Introducing students to the 'ABCs'

Chapter 16: Challenging and replacing unhelpful beliefs

Part V: The practicalities of coaching

Chapter 17: Practicalities and logistics

Chapter 18: Contracting

Part VI: Evaluating impact

Chapter 19: Randomised controlled trials

Chapter 20: Other approaches to evaluation

Appendix A: Generating options

Appendix B: Performance goals and learning goals

Appendix C: Student’s coaching form

Appendix D: Coaching contract

Appendix E: From 'PITs' to 'PETs'


View More



Adam Abdulla is a highly experienced coach and coach trainer and a member of the Association for Coaching. He also has several years of experience as a secondary school teacher. Trained by the pioneers of cognitive behavioural coaching, he has worked with students, teachers, leaders and heads as well as hundreds of clients outside education.