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Coaching for Success in Recovery - twilight sessions

We are delighted to be able to offer the Coaching for Success in Recovery programme to all local authority and independent sector school and systems leaders across Scotland.

There will be two cohorts - A and B - taking place via twilight sessions on different dates between March and September 2021. 

This programme has been developed by members of the Fife Council Education and Children’s Services Directorate with responsibility for promoting and embedding a coaching culture across services.  In conjunction with Education Scotland and GTCS we are pleased to be able to share this offer at national level.

Aims of the programme:

  • To develop an understanding of what coaching is and the conditions required to support the development of a coaching culture.
  • To develop an understanding of the benefits of using coaching techniques to support improvements.
  • To develop an understanding of the key aspects of coaching with regards to ethos, relationships and culture.
  • To introduce a variety of coaching techniques which can be used to support and challenge others in achieving their potential.
  • To enter coaching conversations to develop skills in coaching with a co-coach or in a small coaching group.


Since its inception, the ‘Coaching for Success’ programme has been successfully developed and delivered to a wide range of practitioners across Scotland. The programme was originally developed and co-ordinated by Jacqueline Morley (GTCS) whilst working for Scottish Borders Council. During the current pandemic, it is recognised that coaching skills will be essential for supporting us as we continue to support and challenge each other through different issues and situations and into the recovery phase. The development of the Coaching for Success in Recovery programme has arisen from the need to be able to deliver the programme in a different way from what has previously been the norm.

The Professional Learning Team in Fife have developed the Coaching for Success in Recovery programme to allow practitioners to develop their coaching skills during a period when it is unlikely that groups will be able to meet physically and so has been designed to be delivered virtually.

Arrangements and course content

The six workshop twilight sessions will be thought-provoking and challenging for both participants and facilitators. As professionals we can examine our practice and explore new and dynamic ways of engaging in professional learning and development.

Cohort A dates:

  • Wednesday 17 March 2021
  • Wednesday 14 April 2021
  • Wednesday 19 May 2021
  • Wednesday 16 June 2021
  • Wednesday 25 Aug 2021
  • Tuesday 21 Sept 2021 - all from 4-6.30pm

Cohort B dates:

  • Monday 1 March 2021
  • Monday 12 April 2021
  • Monday 17 May 2021
  • Monday 21 June 2021
  • Monday 23 August 2021
  • Monday 20 Sept 2021 - all from 3.30-6pm

Note your interest in participating

Please complete our online form to note your interest in participating and choose your preferred dates.


Prior to being accepted as a participant on the programme, tutors will liaise with you to confirm the following:

  • You have access to technology to support virtual learning through GLOW TEAMs.
  • You are supported by your line manager in applying for a place on the programme.
  • You are aware of the time commitments required for participation in the programme, including time for intersessional task completion.

Tutor team biographies

Lesley Henderson

Current role: Quality Improvement Officer (Fife Council)

Lesley qualified with a BEd Primary (Honours) Degree from Moray House School of Education in July 1996 and has worked across a number of schools, settings and local authorities as a class teacher, depute headteacher and headteacher before taking up the role of Professional Learning and Leadership Development Officer in Fife in August 2018.  She has recently been appointed Quality Improvement Officer in Fife, with a strategic responsibility for professional learning and leadership.

Lesley completed the GTCS Coaching for Success programme with Jacqueline Morley and Neil Horne whilst a Depute Headteacher in West Lothian.  In 2005 she successfully gained the Scottish Qualification for Headship and then completed her MSc in Educational Leadership and Management with SQH through masters level learning with a focus on coaching and mentoring.  She has used her knowledge, skills and experience to develop the Coaching for Success programme with a fellow colleague in West Lothian and most recently in her role with Fife Council has had strategic responsibility for enhancing and promoting the coaching culture across Fife’s Education Services.

Joanna Fell

Current role:  Professional Development Officer (Fife Council) 

Joanna graduated in 1993 with a BA (Honours) in Nursing Studies from Queen Margaret College. After working initially as a Staff Nurse, Joanna progressed into a Research Nurse role with NHS Lothian. Following a career break, Joanna moved into education in 2007 working initially in a pupil support role. Joining the Fife Professional Learning and Pedagogy Team in 2014, Joanna is currently the team’s Professional Development Officer. Successfully completing Fife’s GTCS accredited Coaching in Leadership programme in 2016, Joanna has gone on to coach Fife participants on professional learning programmes and fulfil the role of course tutor on a number of Fife Council’s coaching courses. Most recently, Joanna has worked closely with colleagues in the Fife team to develop virtual coaching programmes including Coaching for Success in Recovery. Joanna is a passionate proponent of non-directive coaching and firmly believes in the impact it can have on individuals, teams and organisations.

Alison Dakers

Current role: Induction Manager (Fife Council)

Alison qualified with a BEd Primary (Honours) Degree from the University of Dundee School of Education in July 2009 and has worked across a number of schools and settings as a class teacher and Fife Pedagogy Team Principal Teacher before taking up the role of Professional Learning Development Officer in Fife in August 2018. She has recently been appointed Induction Manager in Fife, with a strategic responsibility for Students and Early Phase teachers.

Alison completed the GTCS Coaching for Success programme with Rosemary Grady & Shirley Donaldson whilst a Pedagogy Team Teacher in Fife.  In 2013 she successfully gained masters level learning with a focus on coaching and mentoring. She has used her knowledge, skills and experience to deliver the Coaching for Success programme with a fellow colleague in Fife and most recently in her role with Fife Council has had responsibility for incorporating a coaching culture within professional leadership programmes across Fife’s Education Services for Early Phase teachers.