Type : Specialist Subject Support » Coaching

Phase : All Through

Area: All Regions, South East , South West




The Thinking Academy provides one-to-one and  group coaching in schools,  supervision for established coaches in schools and training in coaching practice.



My Track Record 


The Thinking Academy was founded by Leonie Hurrell, a former headteacher with 15 years leadership experience in schools whose own experience with coaching empowered her to lead schools successfully. She now leads an associate team to offer 5 star coaching support and provide exceptional coaching training for schools wishing to adopt a coaching approach. 


“Thank you so much for my amazing coaching session yesterday. It was transformative and empowering. I can honestly say that it has given me the most incredible lift that I didn’t think would be possible, leading a school in a pandemic. I have already taken steps to change for the better and can feel the impact of that. Amazing!” — PRIMARY HEADTEACHER, SOMERSET


“This is certainly the most interesting and impactful external CPD I have attended in 9 years of teaching in the UK..” — EXECUTIVE HEADTEACHER, DEVON



Support I Can Offer


Our coaching sessions provide the space to talk confidentially, explore and connect thinking and find simple solutions that have a positive impact on colleagues, pupils and the wider school community. We understand that schools are busy and challenges places, and we know that with the right level of support and challenge in coaching people can excel.

Leadership Coaching Package: Our sessions start with a DISC® Personality Profile which helps you gain better clarity of yourself. We sessions use a unique coaching tool to help you leverage your strengths to achieve your aspirations. We then work with you to create a focus for professional development and use our sessions to reflect, explore challenges, find solutions and create workable actions that enable you to lead successfully and confidently.Leadership Coaching is suitable for: CEO’s, Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, Assistant Heads, Heads of Year, Department Heads, Middle Leaders, SENDcos and Business Managers

Group Coaching: We work with small groups of 6, using an action learning approach.  We create a safe, confidential space to explore challenges and find workable action to improve practice in schools.  


Coaching Training:

Quality coach training is a crucial part of becoming a successful coach-leader, delegates who attend the course will be fully equipped to lead coaching within their schools or MAT and have a clear plan of action for doing so.  


Advanced Coaching Programme:This ilm approved programme builds on the coaching fundamentals to focus on enhancing the coach’s self-awareness and coaching techniques, refining both practice and skill to develop a coaching style of leadership.  Over the three-day course* we’ll also study best practice of coaching in schools, enabling delegates to design robust structures for building a coaching culture within their own setting.  10/10 delegates would recommend it to others. In the past two years this course has supported over 100 leaders in their coaching style and practice. *Included in this course delegates will receive a coaching book, personal 17 page DISC® Profile, support tasks between sessions to reflect and enhance the coaching experience, coaching tools and models and an ilm certificate on completion.


ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring Certificate: We’re proud to co-lead this recognised coaching qualification with the Development Partnership. Our flexible yet structured interactive programme equips you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively perform as an ethical and professional coaching practitioner. The programme offers a range of distance learning activities, virtual and face to face group learning, group and 1:1 supervision and plenty of tutor support and dedicated resources to gain this prestigious qualification.


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