Headteacher Update Podcast: Coaching & mentoring for school staff

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

This episode focuses on the use of coaching and mentoring approaches to support the professional development of teaching staff in schools, including important principles to keep in mind, some different models to use, and useful tips.

Our experts discuss the differences between coaching and mentoring, with some examples of what each approach entails and sets out to achieve, as well as what they look like in practice.

We ask how headteachers can get started with introducing coaching or mentoring as part of CPD and professional learning for staff in their school. We discuss the different models, important principles to keep in mind, tips and insights for how they can be applied, and ideas for coaching and mentoring conversations and activities.

We also consider how coaching and mentoring can develop your school’s leadership capacity, transform systems across the school, and create a resilient workforce. And we touch upon using coaching and mentoring to support pupils too.



Our host as ever is Helen Frostick, a National Leader of Education and semi-retired primary school headteacher. Her guests are:

  • Dr Lizana Oberholzer is a senior lecturer in teacher education and programme lead for the University of Wolverhampton’s International MA in Education, as well as the Early Careers Framework and National Professional Qualifications for school leaders. She is passionate about teacher development and is the BERA special interest group convenor for Teacher Education in England. Lizana is a BAME-ed Trustee and supports WomenEd as a regional lead. She is a founding fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. Find her @LO_EduforAll
  • Dr Kulvarn Atwal is the head learning leader at Highlands Primary School in Ilford and Uphall Primary School in Barking. He is the author of the books The Thinking Teacher and The Thinking School. Find him and his books @thinkingschool2

You can listen to this episode of the Headteacher Update Podcast above. To hear other Headteacher Update podcasts, or to subscribe for free to new editions, search for 'The Headteacher Update Podcast' in your podcast streaming application of choice. Or visit www.headteacher-update.com/knowledge-bank/podcasts/

For details about The Headteacher Update Podcast, or to suggest future topics, email editor Pete Henshaw at pete.henshaw@markallengroup.com


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