Deeper, cleaner, leader | Kristian Still

For 18 months, communication (both sending and received) has been an area for professional development. In my mind, communication has now been separated into two actionable components; planned communication and conversations on-the-go and one receptive component, listening. Over the past eight months, communication has overlapped with growing interest in Coaching. It may even have been…
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Back to the future – Coaching | Kristian Still

Yesterday, Graham Norris shared a copy of “How is Coaching Being Used Within School? – Does coaching have an impact on improvement in school settings? A summary report on the research project undertaken at the International Centre for the Study of Coaching at Middlesex University – Dr Annette Fillery-Travis and Dr Paul Simmons – May…
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Coaching for schools | Kristian Still

As Jackie Arnold highlights in Chapter 19 of Coaching Skills for Leaders in the Workplace, “Organisational approaches to coaching” fall into three broad categories. Centralised and structured Organic and emergent Tailored middle ground Following my visit to Wells Cathedral School, Somerset, and meetings with Head of School, Dr Andy Kemp and Coach Graham Norris, I…
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Coaching skills for leaders (part 3) | Kristian Still

After Clean Language, the later chapters of Jackie Arnold’s book are broader and more organisational, linking to the Level 5 ILM course. Just two snippets. If you continue to regard your coachee as having the ability to learn and grow and allow them to create their own plans, you should not misuse your leadership role…
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Listening to promote their thinking | Kristian Still

The quality of your listening will establish the quality of their thinking. Now there is a comment worth considering. I picked up this thought from Jackie Arnold’s book on Coaching. The importance of effective listening was raised in a conversation with Dr Paul Browning last March when discussing the development of trust within an organisation.…
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Coaching skills for leaders (part 2) | Kristian Still

The second half of the course reading ‘Coaching Skills for Leaders in the Workplace’ – Jackie Arnold has already highlighted a line of personal enquiry – Clean Language. Which connects with a second area of interest, supporting teacher professional development and ‘The Discipline of Noticing,’ – an approach towards noticing possibilities for acting differently in…
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How difficult is hard? | Kristian Still

Here we are talking about question or item analysis. How difficulty is a question. Multiple Choice Questions MCQ quizzes can be given a difficulty rating or (p-value). The higher the value the easier the question, or quiz.* Having discussed this with the staff at Boundary Oak School – here is my understanding. Your carefully construct…
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