SF coaching for schools
Solutions Focused coaching is an exciting new addition to pastoral support in schools. I’ve been using this approach for fifteen years in some of the most complex situations, refining it and adapting it to meet the needs of schools and the children who struggle in school.
Solutions Focused coaching (SFc) cuts sharply across the notion that rewards and punishments are sufficient to mould children’s behaviour and if children fail to change exclusion is justified. Instead of focusing on the problem itself and trying to stop it happening which is what we usually do, it’s a way of looking for what’s already working and doing more of it. It releases us from spending valuable time raking over failure to spend it productively with hopes, successes and strengths.
SFc is an educational response to the challenges some students experience, Behaviour is as much to do with learning as any other part of the growing child’s development and should be approached by educators as a learning issue rather then a medical or psychological one. SFc is an educational response to these needs and enables schools to respond effectively and preventatively to them. The intended outcomes of SFc for children are inclusion; increased resilience and confidence in overcoming challenges; engaging the client’s strengths; intrinsic, personal motivation in finding success. For staff SFc increases their capacity to take effective action in support of children’s well-being, engagement and attachment to school as experts in their own right. SFc supports the needs of the school community which flourishes when everyone is engaged and active in their learning.
SFc is a distinctive, clearly-structured approach that promotes the the client’s role in finding their own answers, whether the client happens to five or fifteen. Changes often happen rapidly enabling students to get on with their learning and growth with the least disturbance, carrying the knowledge with them that they can face up to the challenge and they can overcome it. This is the growth mindset in action.
SFc is well suited to the work of educational professionals and non-professionals alike who provide support to children who face complex difficulties at all ages and stages of development.
SFc has its roots in solutions focused brief therapy, adapted to match the school context and designed to play a vital role as an addition to existing practice in schools, increasing capacity in schools to do preventative work.
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