``Coaching has achieved much in the last 30 years. One of its greatest achievements has been to move the emphasis of leadership development from an over-emphasis on I.Q. to the need to develop E.Q. (Emotional Intelligence). The need in the 21st Century is to go further and help leaders develop ‘We Q’ or collaborative intelligence, which is essential if teams are going to step up to the challenge and be more than the sum of their parts. You cannot learn ‘We Q’ individually, only collectively, as it resides in the relationships between team members and between the team and its stakeholders.``

John Leary-Joyce & Hilary Lines - 'Systemic Team Coaching'

As a team coach, I work with your team to support learning about how to work better together, so that the capacity and effectiveness of the team grows over time.

I am driven to help your team function at more than the sum of its parts and tap into the collective potential of everyone.

Team coaching is at its best when all members of the team are able to use reflection and dialogue to increase creativity, connection and collaboration.

This sounds obvious and easy, but teams are complex systems with their own unique set of processes, beliefs and values.

And in general – but not always – research shows they are highly resistant to change! If you and your team want to get clear about how you function as effectively as possible together, let’s talk about working together. There is nothing more joyful to me than seeing shifts in team dynamics as people learn and grow together – with a shared vision and purpose.

  • What outcomes are most important to the team? How are these determined?
  • Who does the team serve? What do stakeholders feedback to the team?
  • What are the team’s core values and how are these lived by all team members?
  • What are the team’s non-negotiables and acceptable behavioural norms?
  • How do all members of the team take responsibility for co-creating ideas and processes?
  • What needs to happen for the team to be at its most effective?

“One of my reflections is that it’s really useful to have the time as an SLT to reflect and work collaboratively, but having a professional coach somehow gives the process a permission and validity that would be very difficult to generate independently.
Looking forward to the next session already!”

Jane Tailby – Headteacher, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Coaching packages

Team Coaching packages are bespoke to each organisation and, as such, are priced on an individual organisation basis. Team coaching is a relatively new concept in the world of education. Importantly, it is very different to team building or team facilitation. Ultimately team coaching is designed to create a psychologically safe space in which all team members can and want to give their best.

Google’s “Aristotle project found that the key difference between high and low performance teams is ‘a psychologically safe space where all team members feel safe and confident to bring their authentic selves and engage in unfiltered conversations’.

Team coaching seeks to create an environment that has everything a team needs for great teamwork: trust, honest and healthy discussions to navigate through existing conflict, mutual commitment to decisions and plans, mutual accountability, and a focus on collective results.

Team coaching is an intense, emotional and enlightening process.
It is not always a comfortable journey, but to convert a team into a high performance team one needs courage, determination and passion – all of which leadership teams in education have in abundance!

Hands on a table

Team coaching packages are a blend of:

‘Team Connect 360’ stakeholder questionnaire and feedback report

Individual and team scoping/contracting

Team coaching with reflective enquiry and feedback in real time

Goal-setting/action planning

Pre and post team meetings coaching with team members

Conversations and feedback with a range of stakeholders

Monitoring, evaluation and measuring of success



Common themes that teams work on within team coaching…​

  • Building psychological safety and trust between team members (Number 1 by far!)​
  • Developing highly effective communication
  • Clarifying shared purposes, visions and goals
  • Developing shared leadership and mutual accountability
  • Manging conflict and team tensions
  • Establishing a team identity – an awareness that goes beyond each individual
  • Developing and sustaining empathy and shared commitment
  • Managing stakeholder expectations and feedback
  • Managing progress and change within the organisation’s systems and structures
  • Team learning – creative courageous collaboration!