Who Is Iain Smith Anyway?

head-and-shoulders-saved-foMy mission is to help great school leaders stay in the job and accomplish their career goals, without burning out.

I empower busy Headteachers and senior school leaders by coaching them, helping them to manage their mindset, energy and time. This ensures they can have lasting, fulfilling careers and meaningful influence on their pupils and staff.

I also write and deliver INSETs for whole staff, focusing on the evergreen areas that underpin the success of great teachers; skill sets and ways of thinking that don't change with every general election.

A Little Bit About Me In 50 Seconds


I consult and deliver training for a number of education organisations.

  • WorkLife Support - Helping Schools Create Thriving Workplaces
  • EES - Essex County Council Education Services
  • ISTIP - Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel
  • Catalyst- Bishop's Stortford Teaching School Alliance
  • Can Do - Behaviour Management Training

If you would like me to work with your organisation please contact me here.

My Blog

I write a blog focusing on how school leaders can most effectively operate, both in their school life and their personal life.

I write about the three core areas that all successful school leaders need to master: Mindset, Energy and Time. I call this combination the MET model and you can learn more about it here. On occasion, I write about things that don’t fit neatly into any one of these categories.

My goal is to write insightful, relevant content that will help you in both your professional and personal lives. If you are a school leader - or aspire to be - then this blog is for you.

My Top Posts

If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts. Here are my top three posts in each category:



Your day to day success as a teacher depends enormously on your approach to work. A positive mindset can be the difference between enjoying a long, successful career and burning out as early as a next week

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Teaching can be exhausting. Managing and conserving your energy is one of the most important things you can do to ensure you last the distance. There are many ways to manage your energy effectively

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Effective Time Management is a key skill for every teacher at every level in every school. Whether it is controlling the mountains of paperwork, dealing effectively with interruptions or using email so that it is actually a help rather than a hindrance
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My Biography

I work with teachers every day. I’m married to a teacher. My sister is a teacher. Many of my friends are teachers. Oh, and I used to be a teacher.

I tell you this so you know that I understand what being a teacher really is like. I’ve stood at the chalkface (initially with real chalk using a real blackboard!). Teaching is like no other profession, so I make sure my training courses reflect the realities of working in a school.

My first teaching experience was as a volunteer in the early 1990s. I worked as an English teacher at a seminary in rural Tanzania, where the issues weren't Time Management or Managing Behaviour, but rather the odd spitting cobra or black mamba invading the classroom! (I suppose my Stress and Resilience INSET could have helped!)

A wonderful spell followed teaching English Language at Leeds Metropolitan University and then Istanbul, eating far too many chicken kebabs, before returning to the UK. In 1998 I gained my PGCE from Homerton College, University of Cambridge, and taught English in state secondaries until 2006.

I retrained as a Coach and Trainer, specialising in Leadership Coaching, Coaching In Education and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming - a branch of psychology that finds new solutions to old problems, accelerate habit change and improve communication). I’m very proud to have added these qualifications to my PGCE. In late 2007 I took the plunge and set up my own business, cunningly named Iain Smith Coaching.

On a personal level I was lucky enough to meet my future wife Charlotte, way back in 1992. We married in 2001 and have two gorgeous daughters. We live on the edge of the Surrey Hills, where I can often be found in my spare time hurtling down muddy tracks on an out of control mountain bike. Other hobbies include playing the guitar (Johnny Marr needn't worry mind), scribbling creative fiction and recovering from falling off my bike.

I am a trustee of Raincatcher, a charity I founded in 2001, following my experience in Tanzania. Raincatcher funds water projects in Tanzania and actively encourages students from Imperial College London to be part of a local solution to global problems.

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