This was a very good refresher on coaching and has embedded what I learnt from your input last year. Coaching will be very useful in my role.
Ruth Outhwaite, SENCO 28th September 2015
"Thank you for the session following which I have walked out with clarity of vision and a reassuring feeling of calm and control."
Matt Nott, Assistant Headteacher 9th September 2015
“What did I like about the course? Where to start? The ideas – I have a lot of new ideas: the matrix, the communication ideas. Thank you for such an inspiring session! I would very much recommend this course to others!”
Lorna Pigram, Executive Headteacher 17th September 2015
"Gave me time to think during the coaching session"
Chelsea Bray, Teacher 28th September 2015
I enjoyed working through an area I wish to improve with the careful questioning. It made it far easier to focus on the issue and to find time to decide for myself on possible solutions or a route to a solution"
Jackie McKechnie, St Johns Primary, Caterham 28th September 2015
I really liked the delivery of the course and the varied approaches to dealing with stress that suit people differently
Laura Smith, Class Teacher 24th February 2016
I really liked the sheet with images to take ideas on. All the images on the PowerPoint to match content. Great visual reminders. Not too rushed, plenty of time to talk. The most useful this was the STARR strategy. I will definitely use this.
Kate Smith, Year 2 Teacher 21st January 2016
I really liked the discussions - sharing viewpoints. The most useful thing was learning to share a joy each day and noting down worries
Katy Davies, TA 21st January 2016
The most useful thing was thinking about what control I have over important things
Paul McIntosh, Class Teacher 21st January 2016
“Approachable and informal, with time taken to meet individual needs and concerns. I would recommend this course to teachers to help them cope with workload. I will be telling my training department to look into adding this to the schedules!”
Isa Wilson, Science Teacher 7th September 2015
"Lots of food for thought. Setting out a positive mind frame ready for start of term."
Vanessa Dimmock, Writing Leader 28th September 2015
"I liked the techniques and tips"
Amy Kinley, Teacher 7th September 2015
"The 'Feel, Felt, Found' idea is so easy to remember and I can imagine it coming in very handy. Helped put things into perspective."
Lexy Redfearn, KS1 Teacher 29th September 2015
“Reassurance / ideas that it is possible to manage time and not do everything. Nothing was too serious or intense; light-hearted atmosphere with impact. Enjoyable, thank you.”
Pauline Lambert, Senior Teacher 17th September 2015
"I liked the tips e.g. eat the frog, one touch measles and archiving emails."
Steph Lundey, Finance Assistant 7th September 2015
"Very engaging and informative. Great balance of activities to didactic approach."
Rhianne Burrell, Teacher 28th September 2015
“Iain’s planned sessions were a complete revelation to me. How refreshing to be able to set real time aside to deal with things that mattered to me in order to achieve a better and more balanced approach to everyday situations.”
Alex Gear, Headmaster 4th September 2015
"Made me think about things from a different perspective - how to incorporate new ways of doing things in work life. Really enjoyed it and thank you."
Helen Butcher, Spanish Language Teacher 29th September 2015
The most useful thing was demos of delivery - links to our own examples - own the room - no one else knows what should be taught. Practical learning and group work.
Gemma Sidaway, SEN Family Support Worker 7th September 2017
I really liked talking about what had been presented and how it was put across
Jim MIller, Business Manager 24th February 2016
“I found every session I had with Iain extremely useful, he is an excellent sounding board and you feel more self aware and confident in your actions as a leader just from talking through things with him. He is great at listening to what you have to say and then cutting right to the heart of what you mean by asking the right questions, forcing you to reflect properly. His interview advice and coaching was fun but most importantly effective.”
Gareth Parker, Assistant Headteacher 4th September 2015
"Iain has undoubtedly had an important role on my journey as a principal. Iain uses a variety of techniques to get underneath what makes you tick as a person. After digging deep he then, with precision, is able to facilitate the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to change in order to achieve and become the leader you wish to be. I would highly recommend Iain and can honestly say I would not be where I am today without his coaching."
Andy Booth, Principal 4th September 2015
Easy to understand, relaxing, smooth. The most useful thing was delivery of our subjects.
Marzena Harrison, Family Engagement Officer Train The Trainer 7th September 2017
I really liked the email advice. The quick pace, useful moving on quick, lots of content
Catherine Lawrence, Teacher 21st January 2016
"Beyond expectations! Lots of thinking points and just what I needed after a parental complaint today!”
Anne Gibbard, Assistant Headteacher 7th September 2015
"Good amount of activities / listening. Helps to provide strategies to deal with parents."
Jacqui Boyce, Yr 1 Leader 29th September 2015
"Very good and liked the activities. It will help you deal with challenging situations."
Sarah Godfrey, Yr 5 Teacher 29th September 2015
"I would like to say that your coaching has been of great benefit to me. My experience has been very positive and a real eye opener to me. It has helped me to see a lot of things so much clearer than previously. It has already helped me to overcome obstacles at work and also some personal ones as well. Any one who is thinking of coaching but feels unsure about it I would say go for it!!! I'm now looking forward to the future with open eyes!"
Susan Miles 7th September 2015
"I really liked the 'bang' used to start and end training and the most useful thing was the outline structure."
Belinda Atkinson Family Engagement Officer 7th September 2017
“The leadership team gained a lot from your session about coaching in the appraisal process and we have often reflected on key points. As a head teacher I can see the benefits of developing a coaching culture in school and would certainly ask you to work with us again in the future.”
Liz Wombwell, Headteacher 4th September 2015
"I liked thinking about a difficulty but with guided questions to help solve / work out strategies for a positive outcome. Also having time to share ideas with the table."
Jill Pyper, Teacher 28th September 2015
“Excellent course with great input from Iain"
Richard Boughey, Essex County Council 4th September 2015
"Enjoyed the engaging presenting style"
Keith Reardon, Teacher 28th September 2015
"Iain was very engaging; made th topic even more interesting. Use of humour was spot on!"
Adriana Alessi, EAL Support 17th September 2015
I really like the practical applications - the frogs, fish & chips. The most useful thing was the list to take away and remind myself.
Georgia Davis, Trainee Teacher 29th January 2016
“Good pace. Thought provoking. Humorous. Practical suggestions. Gave some excellent strategies. Gave the opportunity to reflect on current practice and ways to improve.”
Jane Burgess, SENCO 7th September 2015
“It was a very successful afternoon. Yesterday there was a buzz in the air and staff constantly referred to the practical measures that they had put in place; desks were clear; conversations short; our stand-up SLT meeting was swift (we all gained fifteen minutes from one meeting); many people realized they had measles and took to filing and being more organised; we’ve all eaten many frogs; emails were brief apart from a very long winded one which came from a member of staff who felt she was a good time manager and didn’t attend. The key point of interest seems to be is that we all have the same 24 hours in a day, how effectively we use it is up to us. Barack Obama is now our role model!”
Sarah Hair, Headteacher 4th September 2015
"Working with Iain has provided me with space and time to think things through away from school. I’ve been able to reflect on current issues in detail and consider different approaches for dealing with them. Iain has helped to increase my confidence in myself as a leader and to become more effective. I am more proactive - anticipating problems and taking more of a solution-focused approach to them. I am also more productive – better able to manage my time. Iain’s probing questions have encouraged me to reflect on and change the way I lead, which I think has had an impact not only on me but on the whole organisation."
Lynne Gavin, Headteacher 4th September 2015
“My sessions with Iain have been very helpful and enlightening. He has helped me to overcome restrictions that have been holding me back in the work place and give me the confidence to know what I am able to do. His teaching approach makes you realise the answers rather than him tell you, and this makes it more real as to where I was struggling. Thanks Iain for all your help.”
Tina Edwards 7th September 2015
The ideas were practical and straightforward
Philip Webb 8th December 2016
"I liked the short chunks. Kept the pace going. And the plectrum!"
Luke Clark, NQT 29th September 2015
"Time allowed for discussion. Relaxed style of presenter. His understanding of what a teacher's life is like meant he could relate to our circumstances."
L. Boyd, English Teacher & HS Leader 7th September 2015
I really liked the STARR and the plectrum. The most useful thing was 'schedule worry'!
Lorna Pigram, Executive Headteacher 24th February 2016
"I liked the humour and the many ideas"
Juliette Meagher, Class Teacher 7th September 2015
"Iain and I worked through the issue in question which was helpful. Even more helpful was that we worked through my approach to issues which means that I can now address them much better on my own."
Richard Heron 7th September 2015
"Iain gave me coaching that was totally personal. . . I have come to know myself better and to be more positive. I would thoroughly recommend coaching with Iain, it will change your perspective and it will make a difference."
Anne Sears, Assistant Headteacher 14th August 2015
I really liked the 'plectrum of gratitude' and STARR. And the reminders to thank and be grateful. The most useful thing was blocking out how I spend my time on the grid.
Catherine Lawrence, Early Years Teacher 21st January 2016
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“Lively, informative. Easy to understand and engaging.”
N. Macdonald, Class Teacher 17th September 2015
"Very inclusive and informative to all members of staff. Engaging new ideas."
Sam Morrissey, Admin 17th September 2015
“Absolutely delighted with the service we received. My coaching sessions have been an absolute revelation. The coaching, which I have to admit I was pretty sceptical about at first, drew out of me the skills and talents that I knew I had, and unblocked the concerns that were stopping me from going forward. I’ve been able to find clarity in my purpose and create simple and practical strategies to translate my vision into reality.”
Abi Hunter Smith 7th September 2015
"Pace, relevant to what is needed. Support, understanding and empathy shown."
Jen Billings, Teacher 29th September 2015
"Appropriate for all ages and experiences. Good pace. Relaxed format."
Matt Nott, Assistant Head 29th September 2015
"I really enjoyed this session"
Debbi Oliver, Teacher, St John's Primary, Caterham 28th September 2015
"Achieved the aims we discussed. Thank you! Will be in touch to discuss rebooking."
Alister Moses, Acting Headteacher 28th September 2015
"Concise and practical, no obvious theory dump!"
Andy Beswick, Class Teacher 8th September 2015
“Coaching is and has been the most wonderful experience. Funny at times, emotional relief but above all Iain emanates happiness which is very contagious. Thank you Iain for showing me a happy and fulfilling life.
Kim Smith, (no relation) 7th September 2015
"Strategies given were really useful and practical."
Marianne Eddington, Head of Infant School 29th September 2015
"Very informative, lots of suggestions, feel positive about possible situations, and not to take it personally."
Harriet Gleave, Yr 2 Teacher 29th September 2015
"Lots of practical ideas to use. Gave opportunity to reflect on what we do as teachers. Really enjoyable and informative session."
Lloyd Welsh, Deputy Headteacher 17th September 2015
I really liked the attitude towards task management and suggestions e.g. frog and tickler folder. The most useful thing was measles!
Kate Crumpler, Teacher 29th January 2016
"Calm, gentle approach. Good examples and visuals"
Katareyma Kujawa, Class Teacher 7th September 2015
All the different ideas - very easy to implement into my everyday life
Hayley Bart-Williams, Drama Teacher 29th January 2016
I really liked the question "What can I do in the time I already have?"
Andrew Laker 8th December 2016
"Good strategies - the plectrum. Really well presented."
Mair Bramhall, Head of English 29th September 2015
Thank you for our plectrum of gratitude! The most useful thing was acknowledging things out of your control
Justine McFarlane, Teacher 21st January 2016
I really liked the email organisation and the frogs! I would like more time to talk further about strategies.
Claudia Charles, Year Leader 29th January 2016
I really liked the practical ideas and links to other tasks. I enjoyed all the elements as a whole especially email and time to think
Craig Wood, Deputy Headteacher 21st January 2016
"Varied and interesting content. Good for NQTs. Loved 'the empty jar'!!"
Jenny Esslemont, HLTA 7th September 2015
I really liked changing attitude - rather than external factors
Vicki Lightfoot, Teacher 21st January 2016
"Thank you for such a wonderful session on Time Management yesterday at the NQT Training Day – 5 people have asked for a copy of the to-do list matrix already!"
Amy Scudder, NQT 4th September 2015
"Ideas and strategies for dealing with parents and general gossip. I liked the Feel, Felt, Found idea."
Becky Halsey, Yr 1 Teacher 29th September 2015
The ideas were extremely useful for use in all different types of training - transferable skills. The most useful thing was the outlining of the structure and the various ideas of what to use within it.
Heather Walter, Portage Officer 7th September 2017
"Well presented with humour. Relaxed atmosphere meant good group discussions"
S. Brown, Teacher 7th September 2015
"Well presented - some useful ideas to take away"
Lucie Marshall, Year 1 Teacher 7th September 2015
“The fact that the examples were tailored to meet my particular circumstances so were highly relevant and useful for me.”
Jason Oster, Essex County Council 4th September 2015
I really liked the good clear ideas and clear speaking
Gulay Erdogan, TA 21st January 2016
"At first I was slightly sceptical about how life coaching could help me, and was surprised at how useful I found the session. It helped me to focus on realistic targets and feel positive about my ability to achieve them. I found since taking part in the session I can think more strategically about the challenges I face, finding multiple possible routes to achieving my goals and subsequently feeling calmer about the journey. By the end of the session I felt a certain sense of achievement as Iain helped me to search within myself for solutions, building on the skills and knowledge I already had and reviving confidence in my problem solving ability."
Rosemary H, Imperial College 7th September 2015
“I have learnt and understood that I cannot control other people's feelings and points of view and therefore they may always have a slight effect on me in terms of how I view myself and my effectiveness.”
Claire Page, Secondary PE 7th September 2015
"What I liked most was the group coaching - chance to unpick my mind. What is bothering me the most, prioritising and considering how I can solve it. Group coaching was insightful and a no pressure atmosphere. A real way for changing our teachers' lives. Thank you!!"
Laura Conaty, Asst Head 28th September 2015
I really liked the 'share a positive' to take you back to that place. To appreciate others, knowing how a thank you can change everybody's day
Nathan Jones, KS1 Teacher 24th February 2016
Very visual and engaging
Zehra Byrne, Teacher 29th January 2016
"I liked being able to take time to think about Coaching and MI"
Andrea Self, PPA Cover Teacher, St John's Primary, Caterham 28th September 2015
“I was very impressed with Iain’s telephone technique; relaxing, helpful with humour on both sides.”
Diana Laing 7th September 2015
"Lots of new ideas in behaviour management. Well delivered"
Deirdre Brannigan, Assistant Head 17th September 2015
I really liked the reflection of Time Management diary
Louise Layer, Maths Leader and Teacher 21st January 2016
"I liked all the different methods and strategies we can use and I will definitely use them."
Nikki, Teaching Assistant 7th September 2015
"Good ideas to help manage time"
Michelle Brown, Teacher 7th September 2015
"Good realistic advice. Offers real examples that can be applied to a range of situations."
Laura Beirne, Yr 6 Teacher 29th September 2015
Good, lively speaker with practical ideas
Nisha Cox, Teacher 29th January 2016
I really liked the straightforward nature of how it was presented
David Chadwick, Lead Practitioner 29th January 2016
"What actions will I take as a result of the session? I will spend more time and show I value my team more. You did a great job.”
Chris Smith, Essex Education Services 4th September 2015
“Working with Iain enabled me to take time out of a busy diary. Once I started the session with Iain I could clear my brain and spend some uninterrupted time thinking about pressing issues. Iain gave me the nudge I needed at times to take me out of my comfort zone and explore ideas that I hadn’t thought about before. Iain is excellent at breaking seemingly huge chunks into manageable bite size pieces, leaving you feeling reassured and ready to face the next challenge!”
Geraldine Tidy, Executive Headteacher 4th September 2015
"Each section clearly relates to experience in school and is useful in developing strategy. I would definitely recommend this course to others."
Anne Higgs, Headteacher 7th September 2015
“I have had the chance to have a life coaching session with Iain Smith. It is an amazing way to understand what needs improvement in your life and how to work towards it. I have seen a huge difference in the area I wanted to improve after only one session. It took me some effort to get where I am but it was really worth it.”
Amaury Fastenakels, Imperial College 7th September 2015
"Lots of strategies."
Steph MacMillan, PE Teacher, Doran House, Twickenham 29th September 2015
All very practical and useful. I really liked one visual sheet instead of tiny power point slide copies. I shall pin it up somewhere where it is a daily reminder. Thank you.
Debbie Bleach, Teacher 24th February 2016
"Useful and can be used in day to day contact with parents. Well delivered and very useful."
Amy Russell, Teacher 29th September 2015
I really like the idea of the plectrum of gratitude - just not sure where to keep it! Thank you notes.
Elaine Heckingbottom, Teacher 24th February 2016
"What did I like about the course? Everything!"
Maria Melei, SENCO 17th September 2015
"Relaxed and informative. Good course to build confidence."
Grace McMorrow, TA/NQT 29th September 2015