Students Coaching Students is a very successful way for schools to enhance learner agency, to equip students with the skills to work together, to reflect on their learning goals, expand, refine, and build new skills, share ideas, teach one another and solve problems in their school community. Coaching is a valuable social skill that can enhance goal attainment and emotional regulation. Students Coaching Students offers a way to teach coaching skills to students, who are then able to support their peers to set goals and grow in a collaborative way.
Based on the research of Prof. Christian van Nieuwerburgh and Chloe Tong (2013), when implemented thoughtfully, student peer coaching initiatives bring a range of benefits such as better study skills, increased emotional intelligence and improved communication skills, to both the students learning to be coaches and those students who are being coached.
This course is for:
- School staff who have completed either Introduction to Leadership coaching or the Coaching in Leadership programme and who which to introduce this programme to student coaches
- In-house groups
- Communities or networks of schools in the primary, intermediate and secondary sectors
The two-day programme covers theories and elements of coaching, along with an orientation of the five modules that are taught to the students. Those attending the training will be introducing and teaching the Students Coaching Students programme to their student coaches in their schools. There are a range of resources to support you in the facilitation of the training, including a PowerPoint, Facilitator Guide, Student Module Resources and GROWTH cards.
Participants must have completed Growth Coaching International’s Introduction to Leadership Coaching course or the Coaching in Leadership Programme (Formerly known as the Coaching Accreditation Programme).
Podcast from Alison Spence, Kohia Terrace School - Students as Coaches:
In this episode Alison Spence, Principal of Kohia Terrace School in Auckland, New Zealand shares the highs (and lows) of establishing a coaching culture in her school. From a challenging first few years Alison has successfully developed coaching to a level where the majority of her staff are now trained coaches, an amazing sixty students have been trained as coaches and she herself spends time coaching leaders from neighbouring schools in the Kohia Terrace community. In Alison's own words Coaching is something we live and breathe at Kohia Terrace School. Join us for a truly inspirational story.
Whangārei Boy's High School Mentoring Programme
Article in NZ Herald (2 June 2023)
Whangārei Boys’ High School has started a mentoring initiative that hopes to make future transitions easier.
Eighteen Year 10 students have been selected from Whangārei Boys’ High School (WBHS) to participate in the ‘GROWTH’ programme, an initiative that connects current Year 6 pupils from various primary schools to Year 10 pupils....