#1MinCPD: Coaching Questions

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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!

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 the setting. Her absolute passion is pupil wellbeing and involvement, and finding ways to ensure that learning is optimised for all. She is fascinated by all subjects relating to education, but spends a lot of time reading around the science behind learning and the learning brain.

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