Testimonials

"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 liked the presentation of the ideas and how they were linked to teaching. The most useful thing was looking at how I spend my time and thinking about changes

Louise Purchase, Class Teacher 21st January 2016

"I liked the context and use of real examples. Positive ideas and strategies to manage challenging situations."

Harrie, Asst Headteacher 29th 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

"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

"The coaching group session was very effective"

Emily Ward, Year 1 Class Teacher 28th September 2015

"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

"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

“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

“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

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 content. It made me smile 🙂

Jo Doree, TA 21st January 2016

"Very engaging and relevant. Will be able to use."

Katie Miles, Yr 5 Teacher 29th 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 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

"Thank you so much for visiting Holy Cross Prep today. At the beginning of every term the volume of work and amount we have to deal with seems overwhelming, however I felt empowered after the half day session! It seems so obvious when someone like yourself rationalises everything. I think all your advice and experience will help the staff. A professional who states black and white common sense suggestions without bias. Someone who understands the stress of others (through experience) is a breath of fresh air! I feel sane for the start of term. Thanks"

Kim Williams, Deputy Headteacher 4th 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, lively speaker with practical ideas

Nisha Cox, Teacher 29th January 2016

"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 '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 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

"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 was very impressed with Iain’s telephone technique; relaxing, helpful with humour on both sides.”

Diana Laing 7th 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

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

You made things feel realistic. Taking time out to listen to others and knowing it is 'normal' to feel the pressures of everyday happenings

Wiki Chilvers, Teacher 21st January 2016

"What did I like about the course? Everything!"

Maria Melei, SENCO 17th September 2015

“Iain has the talent to help you find the core of matters in no time. Combine this with his NLP skills and you have the opportunity to experience yourself on a whole new level.”

Tom Van de Hausen, Belgium (via Skype) 7th 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

I have lost track in recent years of focusing on some of this - am motivated to go back to it - Thank You!

Mariette Hardman 8th December 2016

“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

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

"Calm, gentle approach. Good examples and visuals"

Katareyma Kujawa, Class Teacher 7th September 2015

Thought provoking ideas. The most useful thing was putting ideas into practice

Louise Crouch, Senior Teacher 24th February 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

"I left the session with 3 workable targets, each with a clear course of when and how I needed to put them in practice. I was astonished that I was the one that came up with solutions to a problem that I didn’t originally think was possible to solve!! Thank you Iain"

Alex Wainhouse, Head of History 14th August 2015

The most useful thing was understanding different perceptions

Deanna Smith, HLTA 21st January 2016

"Following our really interesting training, I've changed my way of working - changing from having 42k emails in my inbox, to be being empty. Iain made the training really enjoyable and everyday I have to remind myself to, 'eat the frog' and get the job I least want to do, done first! Every job now fits into a different quadrant!"

Andrew Wood, Assistant Head 8th September 2015

I really liked how the course was delivered with good suggestions and opportunity to put the ideas into practice

Lianne Smith, Class Teacher 24th February 2016

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

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

"Some really good practical ideas that can be used in the classroom. It also made me think about how I respond to children's actions."

Molly Aylward, Class Teacher 17th 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

"Very engaging and informative. Great balance of activities to didactic approach."

Rhianne Burrell, Teacher 28th September 2015

I really liked working as a team with people I don't normally work with. The most useful things were getting over the fear of presenting information, acronyms and strategies to cope with stress.

Sarah White, Family Support Worker 7th September 2017

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

"Interactive with lots of group participation. Good content and easy to listen to."

HIlary Foster, Children's Centre Manager 29th September 2015

"I liked the humour and the many ideas"

Juliette Meagher, Class Teacher 7th September 2015

I really liked changing attitude - rather than external factors

Vicki Lightfoot, Teacher 21st January 2016

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 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 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

"Fun, interactive, relevant to our jobs"

Georgia Watts, Year 1 Teacher 7th September 2015

“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

Some very useful tips

Geraldine Lunn, Class Teacher 24th February 2016

"Good strategies - the plectrum. Really well presented."

Mair Bramhall, Head of English 29th September 2015

"Varied and interesting content. Good for NQTs. Loved 'the empty jar'!!"

Jenny Esslemont, HLTA 7th 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

"Thanks for everything this year - your support and guidance have been invaluable"

Matt Nott, Assistant Headteacher 4th September 2015

"It was very interesting and informative. I liked the visual tools. It gave me more tips to improve my teaching."

Lauren Haynes, Teacher 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

I really liked the idea of starting the day sharing a joy and ending with gratitude. Thank you Iain

Samanthan Willis, Executive Deputy Headteacher 24th February 2016

I really liked the STARR and the plectrum. The most useful thing was 'schedule worry'!

Lorna Pigram, Executive Headteacher 24th February 2016

“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

"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 really like the practical example and stories and the time to reflect and discuss solutions

Craig Wood, Deputy Headteacher 21st January 2016

"Appropriate for all ages and experiences. Good pace. Relaxed format."

Matt Nott, Assistant Head 29th September 2015

I really liked the way you spoke about turning views around and the strategies to change the way of thinking e.g. STARR

Alison Walker, ICT Teacher 21st January 2016

I really liked the question "What can I do in the time I already have?"

Andrew Laker 8th December 2016

"Lots of ideas how to deal with difficult parents."

Noreen Nawaz, Class Teacher 29th 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

"Clear and well presented. Positive strategies - useful."

Katie Humpage, English Teacher 29th September 2015

“The timing and amount of content was just right for the purpose”

Tracy Goodway, Essex County Council Education Services 4th September 2015

"Very straightforward"

Brenda Compton, Midday Meals Supervisor 17th September 2015

"Very inclusive and informative to all members of staff. Engaging new ideas."

Sam Morrissey, Admin 17th 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

"Very good and liked the activities. It will help you deal with challenging situations."

Sarah Godfrey, Yr 5 Teacher 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

"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

"I like the STARR model and that it reminds us how to respond to certain incidents. It was well explained with many examples and demonstrations."

Betty, TA 7th September 2015

I really liked talking about what had been presented and how it was put across

Jim MIller, Business Manager 24th February 2016

"Useful techniques to use with parents. Reminder that most of it isn't aimed at us."

Suki Ghuman, Year 4 Leader 29th September 2015

"Fab ideas to be more organised and effective. A great boost to the start of term."

Lisa Barratt, Business Manager 7th 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 meaning of B. Gunar Edeg RAF (B) to inform learning and facilitating a session! The most useful things were learning about group work, listening from each other, the acronyms and the props.

Sophia Brobbey, Family Engagement Officer 7th September 2017

"Very informative, lots of suggestions, feel positive about possible situations, and not to take it personally."

Harriet Gleave, Yr 2 Teacher 29th September 2015

I really liked acting out the different scenarios instead of just listening. The most useful thing was the open ended questions - the Ws. It has stayed with me.

Suzi Tregenza, Teacher 21st January 2016

"Useful, practical suggestions."

Geraldine Gallagher, Teacher, Earlswood Federation of Schools 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

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

“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

“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 straightforward nature of how it was presented

David Chadwick, Lead Practitioner 29th January 2016

"Good ideas to help manage time"

Michelle Brown, Teacher 7th September 2015

"I liked everything that was covered, especially the exercises and sharing experiences. It was very interesting, thank you."

Serda, Nursery Nurse 7th September 2015

"Well presented - some useful ideas to take away"

Lucie Marshall, Year 1 Teacher 7th September 2015

"Strategies given were really useful and practical."

Marianne Eddington, Head of Infant School 29th September 2015

"Very useful tips were given, that can be easily incorporated into the lessons. I will be using this in my lessons."

Mandy Garbutt, Class Teacher 7th September 2015

"Well presented with humour. Relaxed atmosphere meant good group discussions"

S. Brown, Teacher 7th September 2015

 

 

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