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Coaching the #WomenEd Way

Coaching the #WomenEd way
by Yasmin Ariff   @AriffYasmin @CVPGROUP_
I wish I'd found coaching earlier in my teaching career. It has made me a better person on so many levels. But it came at a cost.

Having invested £8000 of my own money into coaching training, it's fair to say, although it's been worth it, it also broke the bank balance. If only there was a government-funded training programme for aspiring coaches!

Look no further.

CVP Group and #WomenEd are continuing to partner throughout 2024 to deliver two more funded training programmes in March and September 2024 for aspiring coaches in England.

To apply, you will need to complete this Register of Interest form citing #WomenEd as the referral code.

Introducing the Level 5 Coaching Professional Apprenticeship

Our unique approach supporting aspiring and existing women leaders will support you to:

  • engage with your workforce
  • promote active listening skills
  • deepen your understanding of what motivates teams
  • improve staff retention
  • support other aspiring or existing women leaders to realise #WomenEd's 10% braver mission.

The 12 month apprenticeship programme is delivered online with months 13 and 14 dedicated to preparation for End Point Assessment.

The Level 5 Coaching Professional apprenticeship enables learners to work towards a nationally recognised qualification that meets coaching professional body standards (ICF, EMCC and Association of Coaching). The coaching professional standard has been created by leading organisations with existing coaching cultures and expertise in leadership.

Figure 1. Organisations who created the coaching standard

In a group dedicated solely to women, you will cover coaching disciplines such as:

  • how to plan and structure coaching sessions;
  • cognitive behaviour techniques to reframe limiting beliefs;
  • principles of neurolinguistic programming;
  • schools of psychology such as Carl Rogers, Gestalt and Freud;
  • leadership theory and change management;
  • ethics and professional codes of conduct for coaches as well as how to demonstrate return on investment to stakeholders.
Over 12 months you will be provided with the tools you need to create a coaching model tailored to organisational needs.

Our #WomenEd cohort will also have the unique opportunity to attend additional #WomenEd sessions with Vivienne Porritt to explore the needs of women leaders further.

Figure 2. The Coaching Learning Journey

The apprenticeship requires the application of coaching skills in the workplace which will be tailored to fit into your day-to-day job role. Coaching apprentices will receive wrap around support throughout the year so they can apply their coaching skills in the workplace. Many of our current apprentices are using their coaching skills to develop different aspects of education such as:

  • teaching and learning
  • behaviour and attitudes
  • well-being and leadership.

Ongoing careers guidance and support for apprentices includes attending a range of webinars delivered by expert coaches which demonstrate how your coaching skills support career advancement. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities to develop personally through CVP's well-being events, an online community and learning forum as well as your bespoke personal development plan, including an opportunity to win our Easter fitness hamper with CVP's annual spring into fitness competition.

The #WomenEd Coaching Community

We are building a #WomenEd coaching community which will be the first of its kind.

We know women have been held back for too long so we want to upskill women as coaches in our community to empower each other.

CVP Coaching apprentices will be the first to pilot a funded coaching programme for the #WomenEd community, where CVP coaching apprentices will coach women from our community around some of the key themes we promote. Whether it's asking for a pay rise, going for that promotion, or re-framing those limiting beliefs, there will be a team of qualified coaches supporting you all the way.

The next cohorts will run on 5th March and 10th September 2024.

What Attendees are Saying About Us

Here's what our current trainee coaches have to say about the programme:

"This course has been the perfect opportunity to keep learning and development at the heart of what I'm doing. It's extremely well organised and resourced. Yasmin's care, expertise and passion ensures we as the participants are motivated and supported every step of the way." Claire, Senior Leader Education.

"Great session, the demonstration where we got to see it in action was really powerful to have that practical example. It is about simple steps being done well. You have to learn the art (which can be complex) and then not let it cloud your basic best practice." Apprentice, Masterclass 2.

Join Us!

The next cohorts will run on 5th March and 10th September 2024.

To be eligible for funding you must meet the following criteria:

  • Work 16 hours or more per week;
  • Have lived in the UK / EU for 3 years or more prior to enrolment;
  • Spend over 50% of your working week in England;
  • Have a contract of employment.

Are you interested but not in employment? Do you live outside England? We are pleased to open this programme to women beyond England on a self-funded basis. If you would like to find out more, reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What Next?

Whether you have made your mind up or would just like to find out more about the course content, please complete the Register of Interest form and our coaching engagement team will contact you to set up a meeting.

Yasmin will be delivering a large part of the programme. With over 20 years' experience in schools, she is looking forward to reconnecting with women leaders to create powerful coaching cultures in schools.

To find out more about Yasmin's own journey as a woman leader in education, visit her website here.

(Blog updated 14th Feb 2024)

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