GGS is now in the 3rd year of establishing a coaching approach which is embedded in their wellbeing programmes. A coaching structure has been created as part of the Pathways Programme for Senior Years to support all students to complete Student Action Plans which identify goals and the actions they can take to accomplish them.
The Student Action Plans incorporate targets related to wellbeing, learning and growth, allowing students to personalise and apply the wellbeing science that is taught throughout the school.
The structure gives all senior students the opportunity to engage in a timetabled coaching cycle each semester during which they meet one on one several times with the teacher who has been assigned to be their Learning Coach. The Student Action Plans are reviewed and updated each coaching cycle. Feedback and observation suggests that the coaching has facilitated greater reflection and self-regulation for students.
GGS seeks out feedback from students each semester regarding their experience of coaching and there has been considerable positive feedback from both students and learning coaches to date.
A majority of students report that the coaching interactions have been useful, and the Learning coaches are observing a growing willingness in students to participate and engage in the coaching conversations.
The Learning coaches themselves are starting to experiment with different strategies, enjoying the opportunity to try out ideas and share coaching practices.