Jon Hutchinson is Director of Training and Development at the Reach Foundation, which supports schools and MATs to develop cradle to career approaches. Since 2015, Jon has been an instructional coach and was a Visiting Fellow with Ambition Institute, working as a tutor on the Master’s in Expert Teaching degree programme. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Jon led the primary humanities curriculum for Oak National Academy. He has acted as an expert adviser to the DfE, including as a member of the core group which developed the Early Career Framework.
Over the last few years instructional coaching has gained popularity in a huge number of schools. The general approach to coaching is now pretty well known, at least in theory: every week or two a coach drops into a teacher’s lesson for around 15 minutes, they then give the teacher an ‘action step’, and finally they practise together how they will implement this new approach. However, it can be devilishly difficult to get the action step right. In this blog, Jon explains how to identify, frame and articulate a great action step.
Jon’s module for BlueSky Learning ‘An Introduction to Instructional Coaching’ is available now.