Introduction to Coaching

Learn The Art and Science of Coaching for Impactful Conversations


Accredited Introduction to Coaching Certification Programme

The essential and original coaching skills for schools course by Will Thomas. NOW FULLY INTERACTIVE AND ONLINE!  Based on the highly acclaimed Coaching Solutions book now in second edition, this practical and engaging programme gives you everything you need to get started with coaching and begin to share it across your school.

Updated to be delivered online in a fully engaging and interactive way. This course is now Covid-proof!

With a perfect balance of practical skill development and essential theory this course will give you everything you need to feel confident and tooled up for coaching conversations that have impact. The approaches taught are all backed by research, impact-evidence and cases studies.

How is the programme structured?

The programme is carefully designed to enable you to:

  • Be fully aware of the successes, issues and solutions around using coaching in school
  • Practice and develop the essential mindset of the coach as distinct from the mentor
  • Take away practical tools and techniques you can use immediately
  • Learn in a safe and supportive environment online, whilst keeping the essential interactive nature of training you've come to expect from us

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The programme offers the opportunity to practice skills and approaches throughout. It's highly practical and engaging.

Your Trainer : Will Thomas

The 6-hour Accredited Introduction to Coaching Skills Programme is designed and delivered by Will Thomas. Will is a highly experienced performance coach and trainer.

A Marks and Spencer Personnel Manager from University, Will moved into education and became Head of Faculty and Senior Leader in a large comprehensive school. He has used coaching extensively to enable people to maximise performance and overcome barriers to success, in schools, The NHS, MIlitary and Elite Sports environments.He has written over a dozen best-selling and award-winning books in the fields of coaching, leadership and creativity. He's been described as a "Maestro of Coaching" (TES) and "One of the best trainers in the country, and probably the world" (Richard Churches, CfBT Evidenced-Based Practice)

What Will I Learn?

  • The differences between coaching, mentoiring and counselling and when to use them for maximum impact
  • The secrets of building positive relationships with others
  • The coaching mindset and how it's distinct from the mentoring one
  • When to ask questions and when to stay silent



  • The essential framework for building and maintaining a solutions-focussed conversation with colleagues
  • Getting the best from colleagues using 6 core questions for change
  • Stacks of immediately useful tools for group and individual coaching
  • Adaptations of coaching approaches for coaching young people


What if I attend this course?

Attending this course will bring you  confidence and skills in this increasingly important leadership capability. From high flyers to the struggling individual, this course gives you cutting edge tools to support them towards  effective change. Not only will it improve your own knowledge and skills but it gives you helpful ways ot teach others about coaching. You'll know when to coach and when to mentor and be even more flexible. You'll have new levels of rapport-building ability.

Attendance on this programme and meeting the requisite criteria will mean you leave the programme with Level 1 Introduction to Coaching Accreditation and a toolkit of immediately useful skills and techniques.

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Vision for Learning Ltd - 74 Court Road, Malvern, WR14 3EG