School leaders, we hear you. Staff shortages are no joke, and relying on out-of-field teachers can feel like a gamble. But what if you could transform them into confident, effective educators without spending a fortune on individual coaching? 

What do we mean by coaching?

Many people think that the term ‘coaching’ has been borrowed as a metaphor from sports, and applied to personal and work situations as well as to educational systems. There are lots of theories as to what it actually entails, but the only common thread appears to be that it is different from mentoring therapy and training. The sports link didn’t inspire me at all, but I did get happier when I did some digging into the history.

A man coaching a small boys football team

It seems the term coaching is derived from a French term that means to convey someone important from one point to another, as in a coach. Probably a less elaborate one than we saw at last year’s coronation of King Charles III. 


Socrates for Coaching article.

It is believed that the earliest form of coaching can be traced back 2,400 years, to Socrates. He may have been the first known coach.

You have to admit, that is cool.

Through his use of dialogue and questioning, Socrates was able to elicit greater insight and understanding through reflective reasoning and questioning.

The Socratic method is used widely in education and is seen as a means to enhance self-confidence in our ability to reason by encouraging ordinary human reflection in a dialogue setting.


While some theorists emphasise the tutoring and instructional aspects of coaching in which the coach imparts information to the learners/students, other theorists construe coaching as a process of facilitation of performance, learning and development, aimed at increasing competence, commitment and confidence. 


I think the latter theory is the most helpful. It fits more with the idea that education is not a process of pouring the contents of one vessel into another, but rather a process of holding a safe space where students can explore possibilities and discover things for themselves.

Enter – online small group coaching, a powerful solution for unlocking hidden potential and maximising staff impact.

Unlocking Staff Potential

Imagine this:

  • Out-of-field teachers mastering curriculum content and instructional strategies specific to their new roles.
  • Confidence soaring as they receive targeted support and personalised feedback from experienced coaches.
  • Collaboration blossoms as teachers share experiences, troubleshoot challenges, and inspire each other.
  • Engagement increases in classrooms as newly empowered educators connect with students in meaningful ways.


Online small group coaching delivers it all, and here’s why it’s your perfect solution:

  • Cost-effective: Compared to individual coaching, group sessions offer significant cost savings, stretching your tight budget further.
  • Flexible and accessible: No need to disrupt busy schedules! Teachers can participate from anywhere with an internet connection, making professional development convenient and hassle-free.
  • Targeted subject-specific support: Unlike one-size-fits-all training, these groups cater to specific subjects and challenges, offering laser-focused guidance for your out-of-field teachers.
  • Peer support and community: Teachers learn from and empower each other, creating a supportive network that combats isolation and fosters resilience.
  • Out-of-field teachers learn from others who are walking/have walked the same path, fostering confidence and belonging.
  • Experienced subject specialists and coaches guiding the way: Teachers benefit from the expertise of dedicated coaches who understand the unique challenges of out-of-field teaching.
  • Immediate impact in the classroom: Watch as teachers translate their newfound skills into improved student engagement, higher learning outcomes, and a more positive learning environment.

The benefits go beyond individual growth, they impact your entire school.

The school sees improved student outcomes, because when teachers feel confident and equipped, student engagement and academic achievement rises.

Your staff turnover reduces because feeling supported and valued reduces teacher stress and increases job satisfaction, leading to higher retention rates. 

Young engaged students in English class
School Leaders collaborating

Most importantly, the learning and support your teachers receive spills over to their work within the faculty. This can foster a spirit of shared responsibility and professional growth, building a more positive and supportive school environment.

Online small group coaching isn’t just a bandage for staff shortages; it’s an investment in your school’s future. It’s a chance to empower your out-of-field teachers, nurture student success, and build a thriving school community – all while maximising your resources.

Take action today and:

Explore online coaching programs: Look for reputable organisations specialising in supporting out-of-field teachers. They often offer subject-specific programs and experienced coaches.

Connect with your teachers: Discuss their needs and preferences for online coaching options. Get them excited about this opportunity for professional growth.

Invest in their success: Watch as your out-of-field teachers blossom into confident, effective educators, making a lasting difference in your school’s vibrant future.

Don’t let staffing challenges hold you back. Embrace the power of online small group coaching and watch your school reach its full potential.

Remember, a thriving school starts with empowered teachers. Invest in them, and watch your school blossom.

You can find information about We Teach Well’s online group coaching program for out-of-field English teachers at this link: