Staff at The City Technology College, Kinghurst Academy in Solihull in the Midlands are benefiting from Fierce coaching, and there are plans to use the approach for some students later this year.
Debbè Reilly, associate leader at the academy with 1500 pupils, says:
“Our aim is to be the best we can be. The Fierce coaching model is a great tool to help people reflect on their practice and help them pin point where things are going wrong.”
Initially, Debbè attended a Fierce taster course, and then arranged training for the academy’s leadership team.
“They liked it as well and wanted it rolled our across the school,” she notes. Debbè and her colleagues now use the approach in staff coaching and support.
“I am a better listener, and far more patient and understanding with people by reminding myself to look at the ‘context’ within which others are operating.
Fierce has helped me be more aware of my 'emotional wake' and has made me do a lot of 'stop, think, talk'.”
Debbè says career progression and performance are just some of the areas that have been the focus for Fierce Conversations.
CTC Kinghurst Academy's senior leadership team will be working with the heads of faculty to train them on the principles of Fierce and the tools available.
And in the summer term, Debbè will be working with students on how to use Fierce skills in their own conversations.