Coaching Stops Head “Drowning” & Delivers Sustainable Results

It happens all the time…

A successful senior leader gets asked to take on more work and support another school. They start enthusiastically and suddenly realise:

a) There’s way more to do than they thought there was; and

b) That there are some very difficult or tricky characters to work with!

…And pretty soon they feel like they’re drowning!

You end up with a massive “To-do” list. It would be easy to burn out or go under – and many people do!

But it doesn’t have to be that way, as Headteacher Debbie Foolkes explains.

Watch the video to find out how Debbie used “self-coaching” to find a way forward and stop herself drowning. She also coached her colleagues – moving on some people in ways she never thought were possible…


“Personally I think it saved me in September because I think I would have drowned if I didn’t have that clarity and that approach to use…

The simplicity of the model is the key to its success… It genuinely works and it genuinely moves forward.

I have some difficult characters that I have struggled with over the years that I am moving forward in a way that I didn’t think was possible.”


Congratulations to Debbie on her success and huge thanks to her for sharing her story with us! I hope it’s inspired you and given you more ideas for how you can use my 12-Step Model for Coaching in Schools.

If you’d like to find out more about what Debbie did, and how you can do this too, simply email me with your questions.

– Annie

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