Online 1:1 coaching offer extended to support health and wellbeing

Education Scotland and the General Teaching Council for Scotland have partnered with social enterprise organisation KnowYouMore to continue to provide coaches for online one-to-one sessions.

The programme, which was launched in 2020, is part of the workforce support package funded by the Scottish Government to help practitioners in navigating the challenges caused by Covid 19. Funding for the programme has been extended to continue to support the health and wellbeing of the education workforce.

Each coaching programme, delivered by practitioners, all of whom have experience of working and coaching within education, lasts up to 3 hours and can be split into several sessions. At the end of the programme, participants have new ways of understanding themselves and their situation, clarity of their strengths and further strategies available for staying on track.

So far, over 500 practitioners have participated in the programme, over 1500 hours dedicated to supporting practitioners one-to-one.

The offer is open to Headteachers, Deputes and teachers with pastoral or child protection responsibilities, Early Learning and Childcare Centre Managers and Local Authority CLD Managers.

Gayle Gorman, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education and Chief Executive of Education Scotland, said: “Education Scotland is fully committed to ensuring the education workforce feel supported and I’m delighted our coaching and mentoring offer has been extended.

“We have found that it really benefits teachers to know there is someone with a listening ear who are there for them. Our digital one-to-one coaching sessions have proved a really popular way of supporting wellbeing. I would encourage more practitioners to sign up.”

More information on the programme and how to sign up is available on the Education Scotland website.