Coaching is a means by which staff can be supported in any aspect of their professional or personal life. It offers a confidential, structured space to reflect on leadership, people management and every aspect of school life.   

A professional relationship between a coach and an individual is to provide assistance in clarifying and achieving meaningful goals and making practical decisions.


Coaching helps to raise people's awareness and empower them to find their own answers through encouragement and support.


It is a type of support that focuses on


  • learning from experience

  • achieving positive results

  • attaining goals

  • improving performances

  • building on success


Coaching can also impact to:-


  • Develop core leadership and relationship skills

  • Dramatically enhance the ability to bring out the talent of oneself and others

  • Develop the ability to empower others and mitigate conflict

  • Develop core competencies of emotional and social intelligence in oneself and others

  • Design powerful intentional alliances with others geared towards maximising learning and results

  • Encourage the shift in perspective and mindset that enables people to view themselves and others in a new light

  • Supports and facilitates people to think more creatively, to act with greater confidence and clarity and to contribute in a more alive, engaging and fulfilling way

BPSI have a number of experienced coaches who can provide support:

Elaine Aylmer

Elaine Aylmer is a former primary head with more than a decade of experience of supporting schools to improve.   Elaine’s wide-ranging school improvement experience has been gained in two London boroughs (including Barnet in 2013-14 where she worked as a Learning Network Inspector) and overseas, as well as through periods as an Additional Inspector for Ofsted in the UK and as a Senior Evaluator (Inspector) in the Cayman Islands.

Although early years and primary trained, Elaine has successful experience of supporting schools in all phases from Nursery to Sixth Form.   She has particular expertise in monitoring, evaluation and action planning, and in the development of school leaders at all levels, including governors.

Jeremy Bird

Jeremy Bird is an inspirational and visionary school improvement consultant. He has a passion for education with an excellent track record of supporting school leaders. He is a dynamic, pro-active leader and coach, empowering staff at all levels to take ownership using coaching, training and mentoring. A natural communicator, Jeremy has proven ability in building cohesive teams to achieve challenging targets.


Jeremy served as a headteacher in two primary schools prior to becoming a consultant.


Jeremy can offer support in the following areas: Coaching school leaders and governors in primary and special schools; Inducting newly appointed leaders and teachers; Facilitating professional discussion and development in a range of middle, senior and headteacher leadership activities; Supporting leaders in developing the rationale, implementation and evaluation of their curriculum; Challenging leaders in their self-evaluation of school effectiveness.

Jackie Engelberg

Jackie Engelberg has over 30 years experience working with young people as a teacher and youth worker. She is also a coach, trainer and qualified counsellor.  Jackie qualified as a secondary school teacher and has since worked in both primary and secondary education as a teacher and school counsellor. She is currently a Special Educational Needs (SEN) Coordinator at Akiva school.  Her work in schools has enabled Jackie to develop a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting disaffected young people and those with emotional and behavioural problems, particularly working with individuals and small groups. This has included training for young people in social skills, anger management, and assertiveness. She has also supported the development of restorative practices, anti-bullying and peer support systems in schools.

She is an independent Kidscape trainer who delivers anti-bullying and peer support training for staff and young people in schools across England. Jackie can support effective approaches to anti-bullying through raising awareness of issues and providing training and support for the school community, targeted young people and perpetrators; facilitate the development of restorative approaches and practices for managing behaviour and conflict; establish peer support/mentoring arrangements including policy and processes as well as skills based training for young people; provide coaching for staff on professional issues and challenges.

Shan Evans

Shan Evans has over 36 years experience in primary education and is currently employed as a Deputy Headteacher at Wessex Gardens Primary School.  She is an expert in coaching staff in a variety of school settings to be the best they can be.  Shan has coached Headteachers and senior leaders in international schools and in the UK. She has coached a range of staff from NQTs, middle leaders to members of the SLT, raising performance in teaching and learning. Shan is a fully trained life coach and has applied this training within her own school and can apply this to other schools. She can offer support in teaching and learning practice; developing leadership skills and in setting clear professional goals. Shan’s mission is to enable staff and children to achieve their best and develop emotional intelligence and confidence. She believes in building on success and attaining realistic goals. She works in a confidential manner and develops trust very quickly. Shan coaches people to reflect and develop their leadership skills, change mind sets and work in a mutually supportive collegiate culture. Her vision is to improve life choices and chances through coaching.

Özlem Imil

Özlem Imil is a qualified and DISC accredited Executive Coach, Facilitator and Trainer. She has 20 years’ experience in education, predominantly in inner London primary schools- as a senior leader, teacher and a coach. During her years as a teacher and senior leader she was known to be an expert in bringing outstanding results to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Özlem’s current passion is to raise the achievement and well-being of children and young people through raising the achievement and well-being of the adults working with them first.  She is a coach who connects with clients quickly to get to the heart of the matter and is skilled in helping them change mindset, behaviours and habits.  She has a keen eye for detail and is experienced in creating strategic roadmaps to meet individual and organisational needs. As well as one to one coaching and group coaching, Özlem offers facilitation and interpersonal skills training to schools in the areas of leadership, communication, team building, productivity and well-being. She works with leaders, staff at all levels and governors. Her training is designed carefully to meet the individual needs of each school.

Stephanie Segal

Stephanie Segal is an organisational consultant and coach, facilitator to leadership development programmes and action learning sets to Headteachers, Deputies, NHS and public sector staff. She has worked extensively in Education, Social Care, the NHS, Children, Young People and Families, Learning Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Safeguarding and Mental Health.

Stephanie is a visiting lecturer and tutor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust on Strategic Leadership and Management in the Public Sector, Team Facilitation and Conflict Resolution, Refugee Care, Working With Groups and Supervision programmes. She is a qualified counsellor, has an MA in Consultation and the Organisation, a Psychoanalytic Approach and studied the Systemic Approach to Organisations, Children and Families (Tavistock Clinic/UEL). Stephanie’s MA dissertation focused on role consultation with a Headteacher and Deputy of a school experiencing difficulties, evaluating roles, interpersonal skills and staff group dynamics. Stephanie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Member of ISPSO, ASIIP, Association for Coaching, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), BACP Registrant, BACP Coaching, EMCC UK and EMCC EIA Professional Designation at Senior Practitioner level.

Stephanie can offer support with leadership and management, coaching, safeguarding supervision, school staff engagement, managing difficult conversations and conflict.

David Shakespeare

David Shakespeare is an education consultant who works with learners and teachers in individual schools and colleges, as well as with broader educational organisations - including many local authorities, various DfE programmes, the National Strategies, Science Learning Centres, the ‘learned’ societies, the Standards and Testing Agency, private companies and others.  He helps develop others in class, in training, and in providing CPD within and across schools; and is an evaluator of educational initiatives both in schools and in wider contexts.  David can offer support in the following areas: Development, training and facilitation of networks and mutual support between teachers and schools – such as through Peer Enquiry and network meetings; Development of classroom practice and teachers supporting others – through coaching, mentoring, paired observations and so on; Support for provision of science in primary and secondary school and college settings – in class, in schools, through training.

Susy Stone

Susy Stone MA is the retired Head of Akiva School and was previously head of Bell Lane Primary. She has extensive experience of coaching & mentoring headteachers within and outside of the LA and is trained as a consultant for headteacher performance reviews. Susy has been a peer headteacher on BPSI reviews and a School Improvement Partner. She is an inspector for Pikuach, the Jewish inspection service. Susy can offer support in areas of Leadership and Management, in developing effective staff teams and in school improvement across the primary phase. Akiva gained accreditation as a Thinking School and she can offer support in providing challenge for able pupils. An SEN specialist, Susy recently trained in Drawing and Talking, an early intervention technique for pupils presenting with mental health issues.

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