Coaching into Appraisal

An innovative approach to developing a coaching culture through your Appraisal process

Coaching into Appraisal is an innovative, bespoke programme of consultancy support designed to develop and embed a coaching culture across your organisation by building from the foundations of a robust, effective appraisal process and with direct link to the vision and values.

The central focus is on continually improving outcomes for children and students through a strong ‘High Expectations – High Support’ climate and the underpinning principle that Learning is at the centre of everything you do in your school, academy or college – this applies equally to staff at all levels as well as children/students.

The programme develops a clear emphasis on individual accountability, evidence of impact and an appraiser-appraisee relationship using coaching skills and strategies enabling all staff to achieve their potential so that all children/students achieve their potential.


“By far and away the best Appraisal process we’ve ever had”

Christopher Dale, Headteacher, St Nicholas CoE Primary School, New Romney


“Coaching into Appraisal has been hugely beneficial … it has enabled our schools to establish and maintain a robust and fit for purpose appraisal system. Secondly it has provided every member of staff with the support and tools to meet both school based and personal targets, linked with whole school improvement. Lastly and most importantly it has enabled the schools to effectively meet staff well-being needs by providing a safe, nurturing but at the same time personally challenging environment in which to grow within our profession.”

David Whitehead, CEO, Our Community Multi Academy Trust


“Coaching into Appraisal has played an integral role in the transformation of staff development … Both our Investors in People review and our recent Outstanding Ofsted inspection recognised this approach to staff development as a real strength.”

Barbara Conroy, Headteacher, Queenborough Primary School and Nursery


“There is no doubt that our Coaching into Appraisal programme has played a significant part in our much improved outcomes for disadvantaged children … Appraisal has become a much more meaningful process, staff really value the coaching opportunities and they are now making their own arrangements for coaching conversations without the need for a set timetable”

Caroline Sadler, Headteacher, North Borough Junior School

Outline Programme

Following a free, no obligation initial discussion with you we will prepare a fully costed, bespoke proposal with action plan designed to meet your organisation’s needs, vision and values.

This is an outline of the full programme:

  • a dedicated training session for the SLT to prepare for their role in developing and leading a coaching culture
  • a twilight session for all staff involved: What is coaching and what does it mean for me?
  • on-site session (usually twilight) on key skills for Appraisers appraising in a coaching culture
  • one x half day training sessions in coaching skills for Coach-Appraisers
  • two x twilight training sessions to enhance coaching skills and decide how best to link coaching and appraisal in your school/academy
  • on-site and desk-top review and development of bespoke appraisal and pay policies with associated documents and arrangements specific to a coaching culture
  • clear advice and guidance on robust pay recommendations and decisions within a coaching ethos
  • a programme ‘launch’ meeting with all staff involved


We fully appreciate the tough financial times schools/academies are facing and so your programme can be tailored to keep within a tight budget.

The training for the Senior Leadership Team and the first coaching skills sessions for Coach - Appraisers work best when delivered at a local, suitable training facility away from the hurly-burly world of school life.  All other sessions are usually delivered on-site.

We have developed a strong network of Coaching Champions from our 55 plus schools that have implemented Coaching into Appraisal. This network meets twice a year so that you can learn from other schools/academies who have implemented this programme successfully with access to further new products in this area as we continue to develop our programme.

This programme can be implemented within one school term or over a longer period to suit school/academy/college needs and there is the option for a follow up review/evaluation after 4 to 6 months to ensure the coaching culture is fully embedded with the opportunity for further consultancy support by agreement.

Ongoing support and advice is all part of the programme to ensure your coaching culture is sustained and fully embedded.

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