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

Coaching groups consist of approximately eight pupils gathered from all year groups that meet with their Coach three times a week in timetable sessions. All pupils start their week with a Monday ‘check in’. This circle based session allows all pupils to be fully informed of key events and opportunities through the sharing of either the Carr Manor Chronicle or CMTV. Pupils will be recognised for their achievements regularly through these mediums in a variety of subject, character and special awards. An abridged version of the Coaching Chronicle (called ‘At a Glance’) is also available for parents/carers. Targets may be reviewed or set to best align pupils to make the most of every formal and enrichment learning opportunity.

On Wednesday afternoons two groups team up for ‘Coaching Plus’ to look at topics such as careers and financial education, health and well-being and citizenship. This is also an opportunity for a ‘check-up’. To close each week on a Friday afternoon, the Coaching groups ‘check out’ and discuss their achievements from the week, review targets and share their plans for the weekend.

As a regular point of contact, Coaches offer trained one-to-one support and are there to talk about concerns or areas for development thus ensuring every pupil has a ‘partner in learning’ to provide ongoing care and encouragement. An additional benefit is the relationships that develop between pupils of all year groups, meeting in coaching, then acting as a peer support network for each other and ensuring everyone enjoys and achieves.

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 in addition 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 look for new opportunities in the term ahead.

Coaching sets firm foundations for many areas of the school to succeed. This was evidenced upon the last ofsted report which stated that “The school’s highly effective systems to support students’ personal development and safety result in an exceptionally harmonious school community.”