The Coaching Programme at Carr Manor Community School is fundamental to knowing our children well and forming the strong relationships that are so crucial for our community.

Three times a week, groups of approximately eight pupils from all year groups meet with a member of staff who has been trained to carry out their coaching sessions.

During the first lesson each Monday, groups ‘check in’ and plan for the week ahead by sharing key notices from the school’s Coaching Chronicle or Carr Manor TV. They accumulate house points, review targets, and discuss areas of concern. On Wednesday afternoons, the groups team up for ‘Coaching Plus’ to look at areas as varied as health education, careers, citizenship and recent events. To close the week, the group meets again on Friday afternoons to ‘check out’ the week. In this session achievements are shared and targets reviewed to help pupils reflect on progress made.

As a regular point of contact, coaches also offer one-to-one support to talk about concerns or achievements.

This ensures every pupil has a partner in learning to provide support and encouragement. An additional benefit is the relationships that develop between pupils of all year groups, meeting in coaching, then acting as a support network for each other and ensuring everyone enjoys and achieves at Carr Manor Community School.

Any news and important information from across the school is communicated in the Coaching Chronicle and on Carr Manor TV every week, so pupils can stay up to date on everything that is going on in their community.

Coaches develop strong relationships with pupils’ families and meet with parents and carers three times a year at ‘Meet Your Coach’ days. These days (which are additional to the traditional parents/carers evenings with teaching staff) have proved to be very popular with families, who recognise the benefit of knowing someone well in school who can advocate for their child. During the meeting, parents, carers, pupils, and coaches discuss the progress made during the term and set targets for the term ahead.