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Noble Manhattan Coaching and The School Performance and Wellbeing Alliance:

Training Prospectus

Many pupils and staff want support, but shy away from it due to: stigma, shame, working long hours, not having free time nor wanting to miss work or class. Even when pupils and staff seek help, support services are often oversubscribed or limited. For many pupils, the average wait to see a counsellor (four weeks or more) is just too long and as a result many pupils don’t seek or get the help they need when they need it. Most parents and staff want their children/pupils to do well, but not at the cost of their mental health or wellbeing. As a result, pastoral care is becoming a major factor for parents and pupils when selecting a school.

The current challenge facing schools                                             

One of the greatest challenges currently facing schools is the high level of performance, mental health and wellbeing issues now experienced amongst both pupils and staff. This has had a devastating impact on school communities, affecting mental and physical health, job-satisfaction, enjoyment of school, academic results, mood, relationships, quality of life and general wellbeing.

Increased pressure and higher expectations are mostly to blame. This is largely due to the want of pupils, parents and staff to achieve more than ever before. The simple solution is to reduce pressure and expectations, and to some extent this needs to happen. However, this is not feasible for schools that need to maintain optimal results to survive. Furthermore, schools are reluctant to interfere with an individual’s desire to aim high.

Government Response                                             

In early December 2017, the Government pledged £300 million to helping schools tackle mental health issues. Shortly after this pledge, the Government also released the long- awaited Green Paper, which suggests that the Government and schools need to do more boost mental health. See ‘Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: A Green Paper’

In this document, particular focus was placed on strategies being less stigmatised, evidenced-based and requiring a whole school approach.


Coaching in schools as a solution

While there is much ‘firefighting’ required to effectively manage mental health issues in schools, there is also the need to put in place a prevention strategy. Savvy schools, academies and trusts are already reviewing their support services, preventative measures and training to get ahead of the game. In addition to traditional services such as counselling, many of the UK’s leading schools are also considering less stigmatised options, such as coaching, to broaden support and boost accessibility.

School coaching helps staff and pupils successfully manage basic performance, relationship and wellbeing issues.These types of issues often sit at the heart of mental health problems and, if managed successfully, not only foster more academic success within a school community, but also helps prevent such issues developing further. This approach encourages staff and pupils to feel happier, healthier and more productive in other areas their lives.

The advantages of a school coaching service are that it is:

  • Solution focused
  • Time-limited
  • Inexpensive
  • Not limited to 1:1 work and can be delivered to groups as personal development and life-skills training in PSHE lessons
  • Evidence-based
  • Less stigmatised, appealing to pupils, staff and parents that might not otherwise seek help
  • Complementary to existing support services, such as counselling. For example if issues are caught and coaching is not appropriate, they are referred swiftly to appropriate services for support and/or treatment.

School Coaching Training

A problem with integrating coaching into schools is that there are only a few people currently trained and experienced in this area. There are also very few higher-level training courses focusing solely on school coaching.

Here at Noble Manhattan Coaching (NMC), we are aware that coaches wishing to work in this sector will undoubtedly need to demonstrate appropriate, accredited professional training.

In response, we have been working with the School Performance and Wellbeing Alliance (SPWA) over the past five years to develop a gold-standard, sector-specific training that provides coaches with the tools, qualification, credibility and confidence to launch a career in this exciting, emerging market.

NMC’s mission is to become the centre for excellence for such training not only in the UK but also in the US, Australia and throughout Europe.

Training Courses

Following extensive work, the SPWA and NMC are now offering the following specialist training courses from May 2018.

  • Foundation in Infant and Primary School Coaching (FIPSC)
  • Eligibility: Staff and teachers who work in an infant and/or primary school setting.

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  • Foundation in Secondary School Coaching (FSSP)
  • Eligibility: Staff and teachers who work in a secondary school and/or sixth form setting.

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  • Certificate in Infant and Primary School Coaching (CIPSC)
  • Eligibility: Qualified coaches accredited through IAPC&M or other NMC approved accreditation body.

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  • Certificate in Secondary School Coaching (CSSC)
  • Eligibility: Qualified coaches accredited through IAPC&M or other NMC approved accreditation body.

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  • Practitioner and School Coach Diploma – Infant and Primary Schools (PSCD/IPS)
  • Eligibility: No eligibility requirements.

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  • Practitioner and School Coach Diploma – Secondary Schools (PSCD/SS)
  • Eligibility: No eligibility requirements.

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