Teacher and Coach
- Executive Coaching and Mentoring for Education Professionals.
I have had a long career as a secondary teacher and I now tutor and lecture in the University of Chichester Institute of Education on a number of the teacher training and school improvement programmes. Much of my coaching has been working with educational professionals, but I have also worked with lawyers, self-employed, armed forces personnel and HR professionals.
As I have had many years of service at the 'chalk-face' as a classroom teacher, head of faculty and pastoral lead, I am all too aware of the professional and personal pressures that teachers face. I am therefore able to use my experiences in the profession to provide a unique and insightful approach to coaching teachers at all stages in their careers.
I can provide support with:
- Achieving your potential
- Clarity of direction
- Developing your personal qualities
- Developing you as a leader/manager
- An unsatisfactory work-life balance
- Appraisal and performance management outcomes
- Disciplinary matters
- Behaviour for learning
- Coping with stress
- Juggling priorities and making best use of your time
- Acting as a sounding board for new ideas and initiatives that you have
- Becoming more emotionally intelligent when dealing with others e.g. when in conflict
- Dealing with difficult parents
- Providing a confidential ‘ear’ for you to discuss any worries
- Managing change
- Decision making
- Coaching and Mentoring Students.
I also coach students to help them achieve their potential, cope with exam stress, revision, motivation, decision making and coping with difficult relationships. I draw on my experience as a teacher and many years of supporting students through troublesome stages in their studies. I offer a range of proven strategies that students can use to support their studies, and I have developed a decision-making coaching tool to work through with students facing career or higher education choices (see my article).
My approach is relaxed, but I am prepared to challenge assumptions and query actions when necessary. I use a range of coaching tools, homespun wisdom from a career in teaching, insights from cognitive behavioural approaches, and my questioning is thought-provoking. My aim is to facilitate for the client a process of exploring their situation and thinking, and to seek their own solutions and paths. My work is influenced by the philosophies of solution-focussed coaching and positive psychology. Solution-focussed coaching assists the client to define their desired future and to construct a pathway to that future. Positive psychology is a scientifically-rooted approach to coaching that aims to help clients increase their well-being, improve and apply strengths, enhance performance and achieve their goals.
I am a member of the Association for Coaching, DBS checked and comprehensively insured for public liability and professional indemnity. I benefit from regular coaching supervision.
Coaching can be conducted in person, via telephone or video link.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons), General Science. University of Durham
PGCE, Secondary Geography and Physical Education. University of Durham
Certificate of Professional Development in Education. Open University.
Executive Coaching Level 7 Diploma. Institute of Leadership and Management.
Member of the Association for Coaching.
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Coaching education professionals.
Coaching students facing exam stress, lack of motivation, revision and making important decisions.
I offer a complimentary discovery session, which would typically entail a 30 -45 minute telephone or video conversation to see if we ‘click’, identify the issues you are facing and what you wish to achieve.
Typically, a really effective coaching cycle will last for 6 sessions at roughly fortnightly intervals. This includes the use of coaching tools and unlimited email support.
I can also offer individual hour-long sessions.
Fees for individuals:
6 sessions: £350
1 hour session: £70
I also offer gift certificates.
Fees for coaching through schools and colleges will be negotiated.
(I charge for reasonable travel expenses).
What people say about my coaching:
A teacher facing a career change and evaluating possibilities
‘David is, in my opinion, such an empathic, caring and decent human being, someone who seems to be constantly reflecting on how he can be a “better” person and who consciously and constantly pays attention to his own actions and his inter-actions with others.’
‘I was encouraged a great deal but necessarily, I think, challenged by David to view situations in a new and different light.’
‘I felt that David was an equal with me and at no stage felt a superiority, piousness or self-righteousness coming from him at all.’
‘David has a kindness, an empathy and a wish to be in service to others that is really obvious and genuine.’
‘As a result of my sessions with David I feel understood, I have taken away approaches, tips, practical information and skills that undoubtedly help me now and will continue to do so in the future.’
An office administrator feeling trapped and unhappy in her current job
‘David has given me some very clear guides and ideas that I can move forward with.’
‘Because of the clear steps – I know what needs to be done. I also feel that what I am already doing is right and I am therefore less hard on myself.’
Type of session
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I can offer some day times, most evenings and occasional weekends.