Educational coaching is increasingly being implemented in schools in the UK and internationally. In some coaching programmes older students coach younger students. Yet only a handful of studies most conducted with university students have investigated the impact of coaching in educational settings and there is limited research exploring the effect of coaching on the coach. The objective of this research was to explore the benefits of being a secondary school student coach. A mixed-method approach was employed. Quantitative data involving 25 participants (16-17 year-olds) found that coaching leads to an improved attitude to learning. Interpretative phenomenological analysis revealed that the programme was perceived by the student coaches to bring a variety of benefits. Four key themes were identified: learning from the coaching training; impact of coaching on self; impact of coaching on the coach’s relationships; and the future utility of coaching skills. Findings suggest that coaching training may bring a range of benefits to students such as better study skills increased emotional intelligence and improved communication skills.
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