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Instructional coaching: What it is, how it works and why it matters

Considered by many to be the most effective form of teacher CPD, instructional coaching is gaining popularity in schools. In part one of a two-part article, Robbie Burns looks at what it is, why it works, three types of approach, and three principles for implementation
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It has been claimed in recent years that instructional coaching is one of the most highly effective forms of CPD to improve teaching that we currently have in education.

In this, the first of two articles on instructional coaching, I will attempt to briefly unpack why it might be worthwhile, what it is, and three principles that underpin any strategy or method that might be adopted.

In a second article (which is now available here), I will discuss how you might implement instructional coaching, including laying the groundwork, developing coaches, and systems and processes.


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