School Coaching Service

Children who experience low-self esteem have great difficulty in asking for help because they lack the confidence to do so. As a result, their self-advocacy and self-awareness skills are poor. The results may show as:

  • disinterest in their learning
  • giving up easily and avoiding trying new things
  • frustration, anger and low mood
  • withdrawing socially
  • behavioural problems as they seek attention.

These children need support from their school, but don't have the skills to ask for it. That is where  a supportive school environment can help them to thrive.

Statistics - the mental health of Scottish young people

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) "Going to Be All Right" 2017 report tells us that by the time they are 16, three children in every class will have developed a mental health problem. Half of all mental health problems develop before the age of 14. There were a number of other interesting insights from the report:

  • older children (S4) tend to experience worse mental health than younger ones (S2)
  • girls (especially around the age of 15) tend to experience worse mental health than boys
  • stress of school life and especially pressure over school work, features prominently
  • bullying in childhood can lead to mental health problems in later life.

Where children do seek help from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS):

  • 20% of referrals are rejected and the young person is not given alternative support
  • 20% who are accepted have to wait longer than 18 weeks to be seen
  • delays cause anxiety amongst young people
  • worries develop about not being taken seriously, about confidentiality and about being judged.

Coaching for children

1-2-1 coaching can help children with:

  • confidence
  • self-esteem
  • resilience
  • friendships
  • stress management
  • anxiety
  • mild depression
  • family difficulties
  • school issues.

"Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching and the greatest things can happen."


Pete Carroll

The benefits of coaching for children

  • increases confidence
  • develops self-regulation skills
  • helps them achieve academic and non-academic goals
  • fosters independence through problem solving
  • better relationships with others
  • happier and healthier.

How does coaching work?

  • Coaching takes place within your school. Sessions can be an hour, or fit in with your school periods.
  • Children will have their own specific slot each week.
  • Sessions run for a minimum of eight weeks and can continue if requested.
  • Access to coaching materials is included, to help the child consolidate the learning of the coaching sessions.

What will happen during coaching?

  • Coaching goals are set with the child during our first meeting. Input is taken from the school and parents where appropriate, but ultimately the child sets the coaching agenda with guidance.
  • a plan is put in place for a minimum of eight sessions
  • we'll discuss what the child wants to achieve through coaching, their strengths and weaknesses, obstacles that hinder them and how they can overcome them.
  • the child will get support to reflect on their progress and to motivate them
  • there is flexibility to change direction if required.


Everything said and written between the child and I is kept confidential and is stored securely. This is essential to build trust. Paper files are kept securely and digital files and communications are securely encrypted.

Updates to the school and parents

The school and parents can be updated after a block of four sessions, but progress will be discussed in general terms without breaching confidentiality.

Contact Susanne about coaching in your school

Note: Please fill out the fields marked with an asterisk.