Mike Buchanan

Be the coach to inspire an effective team

Coaching can play a major part in improving school performance, argues headteacher Mike Buchanan; it is all about ensuring that your staff feel positive

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I have come late in life to the writings of Maya Angelou, the US poet and civil rights activist. I rather regret that it took me so long. One of her more memorable quotes is: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

This is a key lesson for school leaders: it’s the feelings that are most often the driver for behaviours and performance.

So how do we ensure that we make an impact on the way our staff feel? I have found that a crucial tool is mentoring.

Over a year ago, I grasped the opportunity ...

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