020 3823 6360           hello@iainsmithtraining.com           07515 985935

020 3823 6360           hello@iainsmithtraining.com           07515 985935

020 3823 6360           hello@iainsmithtraining.com           07515 985935

Take Your School To The Next Level

Unlocking Potential . . . 

Take Your School To The Next Level

Unlocking Potential . . . 


Are you a school leader who wants to significantly enhance the productivity and wellbeing of your staff?

Get coaching and training from Iain that is inspirational, educational, interactive and engaging.

A former teacher himself, Iain delivers impactful and engaging training courses, either in-school or on open courses to individuals. As a school leadership coach, he works one to one with your senior leadership team.

He is known for his warm and humorous style, and ability to convey complex ideas in an easy to digest and simple to implement manner.

Iain works with the whole range of educational organisations and has provided training or coaching for staff at:

  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Colleges
  • Faith schools
  • Free schools
  • Academies
  • Private schools
  • PRUs
  • Children's Centres
  • Federations
  • Conferences

Whether you're a large inner city tech college or a single form village primary school, you'll find that Iain's training courses are ideal for your next Inset or Twilight session.

Delivering Time Management For Headteachers at a conference

"I really liked the chance to reflect on how we organise our work. The most useful thing was analysing all the types of work and being given practical ideas for prioritising."

                          - Laura Webber, Headteacher


Opportunities for training sessions are limited in the education calendar and budgets are tighter than ever. It is vital the training you buy is top quality, enjoyable and has immediate impact.

Your staff will actively enjoy the training event you book with Iain. His warm, relaxed and inclusive manner allows participants to learn in comfort and confidence.


It is important that your staff leave with a range of useful ideas, resources and strategies that they can implement immediately and with ease

Iain has worked in training and leadership development since 2007. Before that he was a secondary school English teacher.


"Iain has a knack of working out exactly what it is you need to hear and then finding the perfect way to get that across. He gives you simple, practical ways of working more effectively. Inspirational."

- Lynne Gavin,

Award Winning Headteacher


Time Management

Become better organised, more effective, more efficient and more productive.

Get on top of your workload and feel more confident and less stressed about what you have to do.

Iain's flagship training course has been written especially for people who work in education and is available for leadership teams or whole staff.

Wellbeing At Work

Vital for those working in education this course will show you the benefits of resilience, how to deal with stressors, manage pressure and achieve long term well-being.

Deal effectively with the pressure of work and reduce the stress many staff experience.

Being A Great Leader

This course explores the practicalities of excellent leadership. 

You can become a great leader with authenticity, vision and flair. But how?

We look at the characteristics of great leaders, consider theories of leadership and which models are most appropriate for you and the teams you manage.

Mastering Delegation

Schools and colleges are places of active colleague collaboration. As such nearly everyone needs to be able to delegate effectively.

Knowing what to do and what others should be doing is key to success.

Delegating for the right reasons to the right people is a skilled process – learn how on this course.

Confident Presentations

As a leader in education you might be delivering presentations to a range of audiences: colleagues, stakeholders, prospective parents, peers, community leaders. 

From planning your presentation to knocking it out of the park when you deliver, this hands-on, practical course will help you present with confidence and authority.

Coaching School Leaders

Coaching has become a central pillar in education leadership. Most leaders know the value of coaching and want to bring elements of coaching into their own leadership style.

This course is for school leaders who want to to ask questions that will empower their staff. Leaders who want the fundamental coaching skills that can make all the difference.

Train The Trainer

Internal training is becoming more important than ever. It might sound odd but training is a different beast compared to teaching.

We consider the different skills involved and knowledge required to deliver great training. We ensure that your training sessions will be both effective and fun.

We look at how to structure an engaging training presentation from a dynamic opening to a memorable ending, while ensuring continued interest and learning throughout.

Difficult Parents

The parents of pupils and students are, by and large, a support. There is always, however, a small percentage who will be rude and sometimes aggressive.

This course explores ways of minimising the possibility of conflict, including persuasion techniques and useful scripts.

We look at how to deal with confrontation when it occurs and, crucially, addresses the psychological after effects of an aggressive incident.

Effective Communication

Nearly every single mistake at work comes from miscommunication. This leads to confusion and frustration and it takes time to mop up the ensuing mess. 

Learn how to communicate clearly and effectively and avoid these mishaps.

Follow an elegant four step process to instantly convey your message with clarity and authority.

Oh, and learn how to master your email inbox and feel on top again.


Are you a school leader who needs support with your leadership goals?

Iain offers superlative leadership support that combines the very best of modern coaching techniques 

with an impressive arsenal of leadership skills and knowledge.


You already know that school leadership is challenging and at times may feel overwhelming. Coaching provides organised support to tackle the obstacles.

The sessions provide opportunity to think things through, learn new skills and uncover solutions. A coach is a confidential sounding board that can offer clear and structured encouragement.

School leaders have plenty of challenges to face but as your coach I will challenge you too. 


Coaching sessions are a time to uncover solutions. Careful questioning and deep reflection create lightbulb moments.

Challenges that arise often include:

  • Delegating effectively
  • Managing difficult staff relationships
  • Finding time for workload
  • Dealing with delicate situations
  • Getting others on board
  • Letting go of perfectionism
  • Dealing with stress and work life balance


Comments from peers highlight what coaching can bring to the role.

"Iain’s planned sessions were a revelation. How refreshing to be able to set real time aside to deal with things that mattered to me in order to achieve a better and more balanced approach to everyday situations.”

- Alex Gear, Head Teacher

"Thanks for everything this year - your support and guidance have been invaluable"

- Matt Nott, Deputy Headteacher


Two Case Studies:

Lynne Gavin, Headteacher

Lynne Gavin is an experienced headteacher of a primary school in north London.

One way Lynne wanted to use her coaching sessions to explore new ways of thinking about established and seemingly intractable problems.

Iain’s deep questioning encouraged her to look afresh at situations and try out alternative perspectives in order to find new solutions.

Lynne Gavin, Primary Headteacher

"Iain has helped to increase my confidence in myself as a leader and to become more effective. I am more proactive - anticipating problems and taking more of a solution-focused approach to them. I am also more productive – better able to manage my time.

Iain’s probing questions have encouraged me to reflect on and change the way I lead, which I think has had an impact not only on me but on the whole organisation."

                  - Lynne Gavin, Headteacher

Andrew Booth, Principal

As a newly appointed school leader of a large secondary academy, Andrew was keen to develop his leadership skills.

Andrew used the monthly sessions to build on existing strengths and explore how to improve other areas.

A proactive approach to challenges with a positive mindset helped Andew to get the best out of each session and enhance his leadership development.

Andrew Booth, Academy Principal

"Iain uses a variety of techniques to get underneath what makes you tick as a person. After digging deep he then, with precision, is able to facilitate the understanding, knowledge and skills needed to change in order to achieve and become the leader you wish to be.

I would highly recommend Iain and can honestly say I would not be where I am today without his coaching."

                    - Andrew Booth, Principal

"I found every session I had with Iain extremely useful. He is an excellent sounding board and you feel more self-aware and confident in your actions as a leader just from talking through things with him. He is great at listening to what you have to say and then cutting right to the heart of what you mean by asking the right questions, forcing you to reflect properly.”

- Gareth Parker, Head Of School

Coaching Programmes

Iain’s six month and whole year coaching programmes can be started at any time, depending on availability.

His most popular coaching programme is the half termly package where he visits your school or college and coaches up to five of your staff in one day.

Here are some of the topics that often arise during coaching sessions with Iain:

  • Leadership Style
  • Delivering A Vision
  • Communication
  • Generating Enthusiasm
  • Managing Colleagues
  • Keeping Perspective
  • Effective Delegation
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Improving Efficiency
  • Avoiding Burnout

Contact Iain to tailor a coaching package for your leadership team.

"What is your number one priority?"

Iain And Schools

Steeped In Education 

Iain's background is in teaching and he is committed to delivering training to schools and colleges.

At the tender age of 19, he spent a gap year working as a teacher in rural Tanzania, East Africa. After gaining an English degree he then taught English as a foreign language (TEFL) at Leeds Metropolitan University and a prestigious state school in Istanbul, before returning home to earn his PGCE from Homerton College, University of Cambridge. Iain taught English in secondary schools before launched his own training company in 2007.

Iain works with senior leaders in education, training and coaching to ensure they develop the skills to lead their organisations effectively.

Iain worked as a teacher, he married a teacher, his sister is a teacher and some of his closest friends are teachers. And yet he still enjoys training and coaching at schools - weird right?

He is fluent in Yorkshire and can order a beer in Turkish and Swahili - this has been more useful than you might imagine.

Who Does Iain Work With?

Educational establishments hire Iain to work with their leaders and staff in three main ways:

  • Small scale training (4 to 14 pax) for leadership teams
  • Whole staff/ department training days
  • One to one coaching for senior management

He also runs open courses that individual staff members can book a place on. 

"Iain is an absolutely fabulous trainer. We love him!"

- Marie King, London Borough of Merton

"It's amazing how often things you said pop into my mind. Today it was 'Just because you experience failure doesn't make you one.' Valuable learning."

- Vanessa Naylor, London Borough of Sutton

What Teachers Say . . .

"Thank you for a most enjoyable and practical course"

John Crosby - Teacher

"The "Tickler" folder is a fantastic idea. I will DEFINITELY be implementing it."

Sandra Megay - Teacher

"Great advice about archiving emails. I'll get onto that today!"

Thomas Laird - Teacher

"I really like these practical and logical suggestions - the Four Ds make sense. "

Georgina Forbes - Teacher

"These smart pieces of advice are so helpful, they give us a clear picture. "

Boyanka Nikolov - Teacher

"I enjoyed Iain's presentation. Valuable tools to deal with challenging issues."

Tanya Drewer - Teacher

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