"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 framing time suggestions and the folding arms exercise as an ice-breaker. The most useful thing was how to deal with difficult people. Helpful.
Georgina Gutzwiller, Family Support Worker 7th September 2017
Thought provoking. I really liked the structure of part one. The most useful thing was discussing the benefits of people partaking in courses.
Gina Pazienza, Family Engagement Officer 7th September 2017
"I liked the context and use of real examples. Positive ideas and strategies to manage challenging situations."
Harrie, Asst Headteacher 29th September 2015
"Achieved the aims we discussed. Thank you! Will be in touch to discuss rebooking."
Alister Moses, Acting Headteacher 28th September 2015
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
“The timing and amount of content was just right for the purpose”
Tracy Goodway, Essex County Council Education Services 4th September 2015
The most useful things were the plectrum, focusing on positive and new things. Plus just one sheet of paper!
Sophie-Jayne Kemp, Yr1/2 Teacher 24th February 2016
"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
Good, lively speaker with practical ideas
Nisha Cox, Teacher 29th January 2016
I really liked gaining an understanding of my colleagues
Debbie Rawling, TA 21st January 2016
Thank you for our plectrum of gratitude! The most useful thing was acknowledging things out of your control
Justine McFarlane, Teacher 21st January 2016
"Strategies given were really useful and practical."
Marianne Eddington, Head of Infant School 29th September 2015
I really liked the idea of remembering to be grateful for what you have and to share a joy
Sarah Clarke, Reception Teacher 21st January 2016
"Appropriate for all ages and experiences. Good pace. Relaxed format."
Matt Nott, Assistant Head 29th September 2015
I really liked the prompts / ideas to consider in everyday life. Especially the ideas for dealing with emails
Deborah Mills, Business Manager 21st 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
I really liked the Time Management Matrix and prompting me to prioritise tasks.
Sally Cox 8th December 2016
"Varied and interesting content. Good for NQTs. Loved 'the empty jar'!!"
Jenny Esslemont, HLTA 7th September 2015
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 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
"Thanks for everything this year - your support and guidance have been invaluable"
Matt Nott, Assistant Headteacher 4th September 2015
"A very human approach - I think sometimes people forget that own human quality is essential in work. Mr Smith made the course easily accessible on many different levels about the subtlety of behaviour management. It was very thought provoking in all areas. Great examples used throughout the course"
Harleen Singha, EAL TA 7th September 2015
“I think you gave me a push back to a place where I have been before where I feel happier with myself and my world, which was really good. Thanks for my sessions.”
Catherine Ogilvy Stuart 7th September 2015
“Iain’s approach is gentle but challenging. He made us think.”
Sue Winterton, Executive Headteacher 4th 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
"Made me think and definitely put me on a better, more positive note to end to the day"
Laura Curtis, Teacher 29th September 2015
“This was a fantastic day delivered in a fun, non threatening way. It made me realise what is important in my life and what can wait. There are lots of ideas that I will use both professionally and personally.”
Samantha Willis, Executive Deputy Headteacher 17th 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 good clear ideas and clear speaking
Gulay Erdogan, TA 21st January 2016
"Relaxed and informative. Good course to build confidence."
Grace McMorrow, TA/NQT 29th September 2015
"My session with Iain was essential - it gave me a clear focus for the task ahead. He was able to use what I shared to break the whole process down. I went away ready to continue my preparation with a positive mindset and tasks to complete in readiness for the interview."
Harriet Westwater, Assistant Headteacher 4th 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
“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
"Good presenter and presentation."
Marian Lonsdale, Dyslexia Teacher 29th September 2015
I really liked saying thank you, sharing a joy, and the plectrum (I will use it!)
Sally Holland, HLTA 21st January 2016
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
“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
"Fun, interactive, relevant to our jobs"
Georgia Watts, Year 1 Teacher 7th 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
The most useful thing was understanding different perceptions
Deanna Smith, HLTA 21st January 2016
"How true the information was - all relevant and gave a range of strategies to deal with all situations. Very good ideas, all linked with situations people have dealt with. Funny and real."
Jenny Cousins, Yr 2 Teacher 29th September 2015
“Many thanks for coming in last night for our twilight session – I hope the traffic home wasn’t too bad. You clearly did your research using Robert Aske in your presentation . . . I think staff are already keen to share good practice on the ideas mentioned.”
Gayle Mellor, Deputy Headteacher 4th September 2015
"I liked the skills and ideas for class behaviour management. Everything has been broken down well."
Esther Park, Year 1 Teacher 7th September 2015
"The coaching group session was very effective"
Emily Ward, Year 1 Class Teacher 28th September 2015
“Thought provoking with many good and practical ideas which I can use in all areas of my life. Thank you!”
Louise Crouch, Teacher Senior Leader 17th September 2015
"Very engaging and relevant. Will be able to use."
Katie Miles, Yr 5 Teacher 29th September 2015
Making me think about the number of things in my intray
Richard Holmes 8th December 2016
The ideas were practical and straightforward
Philip Webb 8th December 2016
“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
"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
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
"It's amazing how often things you said pop into my mind. Today it was 'just because you experience failure doesn't make you one.' Valuable learning."
Vanessa Naylor 7th 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
"Gave us the opportunity to share our views and opinion with others."
Joseph Carew, SEN TA 7th September 2015
"Useful and can be used in day to day contact with parents. Well delivered and very useful."
Amy Russell, Teacher 29th September 2015
"I liked the relaxed nature"
Nikki Beasley, Class Teacher 7th September 2015
"Very interactive course; a lot of information"
Tania Garcia, EAL Support 7th 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
"It not only gave me the chance to think about behavioural management for my class but it gave me the chance to think about my own behaviour."
Amy Johnson, Class Teacher 7th September 2015
A few lightbulb moments!
Mike Whittam 8th December 2016
I really liked the straightforward nature of how it was presented
David Chadwick, Lead Practitioner 29th January 2016
"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 liked the relevance of the material covered. It was very helpful enabling you to deal with issues in your school."
Katy Royce, Class Teacher 29th September 2015
I just wanted to say a very big thank you for our session yesterday. I have put my whole life into 4 quadrants and I now feel energised and so much clearer in my head!! I have had several quadrant 1 things to deal with today, but once I have dealt with them, I have gone straight back to my 2a job, which was massive, but, because I have stayed focussed and ‘on plan’ I have started and finished it today. (A few more days of this and I think I could be looking at a whole night’s sleep!)
Jane Burgess, SENCO 20th November 2015
"Fab ideas to be more organised and effective. A great boost to the start of term."
Lisa Barratt, Business Manager 7th September 2015
I really like the practical example and stories and the time to reflect and discuss solutions
Craig Wood, Deputy Headteacher 21st January 2016
"Pace, relevant to what is needed. Support, understanding and empathy shown."
Jen Billings, Teacher 29th 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
"I liked the different types of positivity.
Natalie Austin, Head of Art Faculty 29th September 2015
"Very beneficial. Made me think about my behaviour and attitude. Loved the course and the tutor's enthusiasm."
Carole Cole, Nursery Nurse 7th September 2015
The most useful thing was thinking about what control I have over important things
Paul McIntosh, Class Teacher 21st January 2016
"Lots of ideas applicable to all classroom environments. I liked having time to focus on one aspect to improve."
Rhianne Burrell, Teacher 28th September 2015
I have already taken steps to follow some of your advice. The first Saturday of half term I reduced my inbox from 600+ in the primary to about 30 and from over 1000 in the ‘adverts’ to about 10 – 5 minutes a day now keeps me on top of them.
Miriam Swainston, Science Teacher 9th November 2015
"I liked the 'feel good' nature. How to make a big impact with small items in life."
Tom Doran, Head of Faculty 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 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
"Very inclusive and informative to all members of staff. Engaging new ideas."
Sam Morrissey, Admin 17th September 2015
"Good ideas to help manage time"
Michelle Brown, Teacher 7th September 2015
Very practical and Iain was a great presenter - relaxed - destressed us all. Direct.
Beth Conner, Chaplain 29th 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
"Clear and well presented. Positive strategies - useful."
Katie Humpage, English Teacher 29th September 2015
“Clear, simple and effective ideas. Will try to prioritise tasks and time more effectively. Very enjoyable and informative.”
Geraldine Lunn, Class Teacher 17th September 2015
"Very informative. Good ideas to try."
Sharon Douglas, TA 17th September 2015
"Interactive with lots of group participation. Good content and easy to listen to."
HIlary Foster, Children's Centre Manager 29th September 2015
"Good amount of activities / listening. Helps to provide strategies to deal with parents."
Jacqui Boyce, Yr 1 Leader 29th September 2015
"Enjoyed the engaging presenting style"
Keith Reardon, Teacher 28th September 2015
"I liked the techniques and tips"
Amy Kinley, Teacher 7th September 2015
“Very informative – very interesting. Brilliant ideas for timesaving / prioritising. Chocolates! (There’s always time for chocolate!) Thank you!”
Elaine Heckingbottom, Class Teacher 17th 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
"I liked how it influenced my thinking and inspired me, giving ideas of how I can motivate my children and target their different interests"
Vicki Canning, Teacher, St Johns Primary, Caterham 28th September 2015
“Iain’s coaching has been of great benefit to me in my work and personal life. He has made me realise things for myself, rather than just ‘telling’ me I should be doing things one way or another! I feel like I can recognize my emotions, and deal with them in a calmer way. I’ve also stopped worrying about things that haven’t happened yet!"
Sian Taylor 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
"Well presented with humour. Relaxed atmosphere meant good group discussions"
S. Brown, Teacher 7th 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
I really liked the reflection of Time Management diary
Louise Layer, Maths Leader and Teacher 21st January 2016
“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
Useful tips that feel very 'do-able' in terms of applying them to my life. The most useful thing was modelled coaching questions and everyday examples. And NOT having too much paper to take away
Chloe Myers, Yr 2 Teacher 21st January 2016
"Gave me time to think during the coaching session"
Chelsea Bray, Teacher 28th September 2015
Very visual and engaging
Zehra Byrne, Teacher 29th January 2016