Looking for a Coach

If you are looking for a coach to support you on your leadership journey, please contact WLiE-WM@painsley.staffs.sch.uk for guidance and support in matching you to a local coach if needed, including those who have been trained by CUREE specifically for coaching women leaders.  You will need to register on the Teaching Schools Council website for this free support.  Details on how to do this follow below.  

Volunteer to Coach 

As a coach, you will:

  • play an important role to increase the number of women leaders in education
  • potentially transform the leadership journey of women teachers
  • have the opportunity to further develop your own leadership skills
  • support women teachers to overcome barriers to their success and achieve their potential

Find a Coach

The DfE are inviting women teachers at all stages of their career to develop their leadership skills through coaching. Coaching is at no cost to participants.

The ambition is to have 1,000 aspiring women leaders supported through coaching. 

The leadership coaching pledge is one of the measures announced by government to support women in teaching.

To register to find a coach click here.

Here, Lizzy Ford, WLiE West Midlands Deputy Network Lead discusses the power of coaching.  This was filmed at our annual conference in July,  Thank you Lizzy!


What is coaching?

Coaching is a one-to-one approach to professional development. It is non-directive and focuses on supporting the individual to find ways to develop their skills. It usually lasts for a short period and focuses on specific skills and goals.


Coaching can:

  • give you flexible support tailored to your needs
  • give you the opportunity to consider your career options
  • enhance your performance and effectiveness
  • help you reflect on how you might behave differently to make greater impact
  • build self-confidence and resilience to find solutions
  • help you achieve your full career potential

What makes a good coach?

The most important thing is to be satisfied that the coach is right for you and will give you the support you need to move forward in your goals.

The coach profile includes details of their professional development, training and experience of coaching. Coaches also use a variety of styles and approaches that may or may not suit you so it is worth checking this area specifically.

Important points to consider are:

  • what outcomes or performance improvements am I looking for?
  • what am I prepared to put in to coaching in order to achieve these outcomes?
  • how will I manage my time and energy to put into practice the changes I identify through coaching?
  • how will I ensure my school and/ friends and family will support me to make the changes I want to?

Structure and length

Coaching should be designed to suit your precise needs in terms of structure, content, style of delivery and overall duration. There is a great deal of flexibility in coaching and it depends on your needs, personal preference and learning style.

Delivery method

Coaching can be face-to-face, email, telephone, video based, digital or a mixture of these. For some people, having the right coach outweighs any geographic obstacles; for others it’s essential to be able to meet face-to-face regularly.

Qualifications and experience of the coach

Check the coach profile for details of their professional development, training and experience of coaching someone like you. Coaches also use a variety of styles and approaches that may or may not suit you so it is worth checking about this area specifically.

The most important thing is to be satisfied that they are right for you and will give you the right support to enable you to move forward in your goals.

Principles of good practice

We ask coaches to sign up to the principles of good practice for coaches so that they:

  • provide a clear outline of the coaching they offer and the extent of their professional expertise
  • explain the nature and limits of confidentiality surrounding the coaching they provide
  • agree the number and length of sessions with participants to achieve their goals
  • work with you to review progress, help you to achieve/refine goals and conclude coaching at the right time
  • provide clear expectations about the review and exit process, so you are able to conclude your coaching appropriately
  • ensure satisfaction with your coaching through monitoring the effectiveness of the coaching process as well as the achievement of agreed outcomes

For coachees:

  • email the coach directly with your contact information or you can use WLiE-WM to broker this for you (contact WLiE-WM@painsley.staffs.sch.uk), details of when you’d like the coaching to start and how you hope the coaching will help you on your leadership journey (the coach will aim to respond within 10 working days)
  • discuss your requirements with the coach and agree whether you wish to work together
  • agree a format for your coaching such as through a coaching agreement (MS Word Document, 21.2KB) with the coach and agree coaching session frequency and format (face-to-face, email, telephone, video-based, digital or a mixture of these)


Once the coaching is complete, we suggest you and your coach complete an evaluation (MS Word Document, 22.4KB) . This is confidential between you and your coach.

 For further information or to discuss your needs, please contact Anne Maingay at WLiE-WM@painsley.staffs.sch.uk 

The Women Leading in Education West Midlands (WLiE-WM) network works across the West Midlands and parts of the Peak District.

Please register with us to join the free network. and access low cost and free professional development.