Leonards Academy has recently been at the centre of a new and exciting
initiative to allow the students to explore their own problems, and pitch their
own solutions to them.
The scheme involves 11 dedicated Year 10 volunteers who underwent extensive
training from a specialist trainer from the charity Conflict Resolution
Education Sheffield Schools Training (CRESST).
The students involved learned specialist methodology designed so that
the coach can allow the participant to take a step back and put into
perspective their own issues with a view to resolving things themselves. The new conflict coaches were told about the 3 main principles of conflict
coaching: Impartiality, Confidentiality and Ownership, which allow the coach to
work in a way that shows the participant that they have total control over
their own coaching process. Further to
this, the students were also educated about the 3 main skills of an effective
coach – listening, reflecting back and questioning – which are too often
sidestepped in today's fast-paced society.
In the coming weeks, the new coaches will be taking referrals internally around
the school, in partnership with the teaching staff who will spot issues arising
in the student body, and recommend that a student make an appointment with a
coach. Future development of this scheme
will see the student conflict coaches creating their own self-sufficient body
of coaches, in charge of their own appointment making, branding around the
school, public speaking in front of other students, and ultimately the training
of a new team of coaches as they go into the final year of their GCSEs.
Conflict Coaching Co-ordinator & teacher of humanities said “I am so proud
of my new dedicated team of conflict coaches. After extensive training, they
are now experts in their field and I look forward to seeing them make a positive
change to our school community.”