Coaching Questions

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Hanna Beech

Hanna Beech has been teaching for ten years and has a range of experience across Key Stages 1 and 2 in a large Primary School in Kent. She is a phase leader for Years 3 and 4, and also leads on teaching and learning for...
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Have you ever coached another colleague?

Coaches ask great questions. Coaching helps people to find a route towards their own goals making it a great way to provide clarity and develop self-confidence.

Try these great coaching questions to get your colleague really thinking.

1. Deciding the destination
  • What is it you want to achieve?
  • How realistic is your goal?
  • How long might this take?
2. Planning the journey
  • What is the timeline of actions?
  • Who else might need to be involved?
  • What limitations might there be?
3. Reaching your goal
  • In an ideal world, what would the best outcome be?
  • How will you know things have gone well?
  • What will you do once your goal is achieved?

Why try this?

Asking questions and allowing a colleague time to think and respond empowers them.

Top Tip

Avoid giving your colleague answers or directing their thinking – this creates a mentoring situation taking ownership away from the person setting the goals. Be good at listening!

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