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Plain Sailing for Teachers offers unique, effective and affordable interactive online coaching - available from any place and at any time. It truly is 24/7 coaching that gets results!
The programmes are suitable for teachers in nursery, primary and secondary school settings. Particularly those who would like to be empowered with tools and strategies to overcome any challenge in school and become the best.
The programmes are solutions-focused and aim to unleash a teachers full potential and help them excel. They are ideal for those requiring extra support, guidance and encouragement from skilled professionals outside of the school environment.
Coaching is one of the fastest growing professions. Having emerged from the area of sports in the 1960s, coaching transferred to business in the 1970s and 1980s, underwent a high degree of diversification and popularisation in the 1990s, and is today regarded as a respected and widely used resource for personal development.
There are many definitions of coaching, but there is a general common understanding of what it encompasses:
"Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximise their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them." Whitmore "Coaching is a collaborative, solution-focused, results-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee." Grant "Coaching is a professional partnership between a qualified coach and an individual or team that supports the achievement of extraordinary results, based on goals set by the individual or team." ICF
At the heart of coaching is self-directed learning, personal growth and improved performance. Plain Sailing for Teachers provides teachers with a systematic and structured approach to realising their full potential and getting the very best out of themselves. Through a step-by-step approach, it enables an individual to become more empowered and confident in working towards achieving their goals.
Coaching is very different. It draws its’ influences from and stands on the shoulders of a wide range of disciplines, including counselling, management consultancy, personal development and psychology.
Rather than dwelling on the past, it focuses on the present and the future.
It provides individuals with the tools and strategies to make changes and improvements.
It will help identify the obstacles and barriers an individual has been experiencing and uncover ways to overcome them. The Association for Coaching uses the metaphor of driving a car to distinguish coaching from its related fields.
- A therapist will explore what is stopping you driving the car.
- A counsellor will listen to your anxieties about the car.
- A mentor will share tips from his or her own experience of driving cars.
- A consultant will advise you on how to drive the car.
- A coach will encourage and support you in driving the car.
Using the incredible Coaching Interactive platform, which aims to bring affordable coaching to the masses, it introduces teachers to a range of life tools to motivate and inspire them.
The Plain Sailing for Teachers voyage of discovery starts with the My Life Mapping Session . Here the teacher is encouraged to select 10 areas that they most want to improve in relation to their roles and responsibilities at school.
There are options to add up to 8 areas that are not included in the list here. For example: School Trips, Difficult Parents, SEN, G & T children, marking work etc.
It may be that all the areas chosen are personal ones such as: inner calm, anxiety, stress etc. That’s fine – the coaching can help with all of these.
By exploring the Catalogue , teachers can choose the coaching package that best suits their schedule and pocket. Options range from a self coaching package to one that incorporates live 1:1 coaching either face-to-face or over the telephone or via Skype.
If an interactive package is chosen, this will involve regular feedback from the coach via the Coaching Interactive system. By clicking on details, the contents of the package will be revealed.
Most of the sessions will involve the client performing a detailed questionnaire. These can then be saved and sent to the coach, who will respond. The client may wish to respond back to the coach for further clarification, and at times the coach will wish to delve deeper to uncover more. Therefore, one session can sometimes involve several communications before moving on to the next session.
The client can save to draft at any time, and return to complete the questionnaire, before finally sending to the coach.
Some sessions will involve the client being encouraged to set themselves a task. The unique Coaching Interactive system incorporates the use of a calendar , enabling tasks to be given an achieve by date. An email will be sent to the client to remind them when a task is about to expire. This is a great way to help the client be more accountable and to ensure they take action.
Another great life tool that is built into the Plain Sailing for Teachers Core Programme is the renowned GROW Web Model .
G (Goals) – What would you like to achieve?
R (Reality) – What is happening as of now?
O (Options) – What can you do and what is possible?
W (Willpower) – What will your actions be in the future and how strong is your will?
This is a very powerful process for anybody setting professional or personal development goals. Once the right options have been chosen, these can be turned into weekly tasks that will be reported to the coach.
Another very exciting facility for registered Plain Sailing for Teachers clients is access to an enormous library. These libraries include articles, practical tips & strategies, and links to useful websites. This content has been put together by many successful coaches and best selling personal development experts. The client also has the facility to upload their own documents into My Library – which is for their eyes only.