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