News - Students qualify as mentors and coaches

Please see the Leek Post and Times article below about some of our Sixth Form students who took part in the Mentoring and Coaching course with Staffordshire University.

Leek Federation Sixth Formers are celebrating after completing a qualification in mentoring and coaching, following a year of practical experience.

The students completed a foundation degree level training course with Staffordshire University, and followed this with weekly visits to St Edward’s Academy to coach and mentor younger students.

Grace Murray, a Year 13 student at Westwood said: “The course gave us a really different way of communicating.

“It taught us to motivate others in a non-patronising way.

“There was a lot of written work to do on the course, and we had to do intense modeling of coaching.

“I want to be a teacher, so it’s taken work experience to a different level.”

Liz Clarke, Principal of St Edward’s CE Academy has presented the students with letters in recognition of the positive impact they have made on the younger students.

She said: “The work that the coaches have done has been great and had a real impact on the younger students.

“The sixth formers have helped them to organise homework, increase their motivation and improve their self esteem.”

Dan Owen, Director of the Leek Federation Sixth Form said: “It’s been great for the students to play an active role in their community, and of course gain valuable experiences for the world of work.

“We now have a new cohort of trained coaches so that even more students can benefit.”

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