David has had a long career as a secondary teacher and he now tutors and lectures in the University of Chichester Institute of Education on a number of the teacher training and school improvement programmes. He coaches educators at all levels of seniority and he is a volunteer coach of trainee teachers with Teach First.
As David has had many years of service at the ‘chalk-face’ as a classroom teacher, head of faculty and pastoral lead, he is all too aware of the professional and personal pressures that teachers face. David is therefore able to use his experiences in the profession to provide a unique and insightful approach to coaching educators at all stages in their careers. He is a strong believer that there is a place for coaching and mentoring educators in an environment that is unconnected with the usual performance management structures.
David can provide support with:
- Clarity of direction
- Acting as a sounding board for new ideas and new initiatives
- Developing your personal qualities – eg. growing your resilience and confidence
- Helping you to develop as a leader/manager and achieve your potential
- Interview preparation
- Decision making
- An unsatisfactory work-life balance
- Appraisal and performance management outcomes
- Disciplinary matters
- Behaviour for learning
- Coping with stress
- Juggling priorities and making best use of your time
- Becoming more emotionally intelligent when dealing with others e.g. when in conflict
- Dealing with difficult parents
- Providing a confidential ‘ear’ for you to discuss any worries
- Managing change
David’s approach is relaxed, but he is prepared to challenge assumptions and query actions when necessary. He uses a range of coaching tools, homespun wisdom from a career in teaching, insights from cognitive behavioural approaches, and his questioning is thought-provoking. David’s aim is to facilitate for the client a process of exploring their situation and thinking, and to seek their own solutions and paths. His work is influenced by the philosophies of solution-focussed coaching and positive psychology. Solution-focussed coaching assists the client to define their desired future and to construct a pathway to that future. Positive psychology is a scientifically-rooted approach to coaching that aims to help clients increase their well-being, improve and apply strengths, enhance performance and achieve their goals.
David is a member of the Association for Coaching, he is DBS checked and comprehensively insured for public liability and professional indemnity. He also benefits from regular coaching supervision.
Coaching can be conducted in person, via telephone or video link.