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What is the CSL Coaching Service?

CSL Coaching is a confidential, one to one personal service which is now available for all Department of Education (DE) registered Senior School Leaders. Coaching is a particularly powerful tool and one that has proven to be a highly effective way of developing individual and organisational performance by unlocking potential and capability. Coaching is well established as a leadership development service in large organisations and in industry to date. Since 2017, one-to-one and team coaching have been available to all principals and school leadership teams in DE registered schools.

Why access Coaching?

The Department of Education, IPPN, NAPD and the Centre for School Leadership recognise how challenging school leadership is in today’s world and know that there are constant demands in this job. Senior School Leaders can avail of this confidential, one to one service to address challenges which they face, difficulties they might be experiencing or goals that they might wish to achieve. 

How Coaching can benefit you?

How can Coaching Benefit you? 

By engaging in coaching school leaders will gain the following benefits: 

  • Enhance your capacity to work in a changing environment 
  • Increase your ability to priortise and manage demands 
  • Renew your enthusiasm for the job 
  • Enable you to manage change more successfully 
  • Assist you in creating a coaching culture in your school 
  • Provide time and space for you to reflect 
  • Leading through uncertainty 
How does this Coaching service work?

Senior School Leaders will be able to meet their chosen coach for a chemistry check. If the senior school leader is satisfied, then there will be 6 more meetings over approximately a one-year period. A final review meeting is held within 6 months of the last meeting. Meetings will normally last 90 minutes and will be held in an agreed location. Senior School Leaders who have received a minimum of four individual coaching sessions through the current CSL Coaching Programme can avail of Team Coaching in their school. Four two-hour Team Coaching sessions can be availed of per school with a maximum of six participants from the School Leadership Team.   

How do I access the service?

There will be 300 coaching places for DE registered school principals and a selected number of deputy principals.  There are 58 CSL coaches in 6 different regions around the country. See Section 4 ‘Accessing the Coaching Service’ for more details on the coaches available in each region. 

Senior School Leaders can choose to attend a coach in any of the regions listed. They should select their preferred region and browse the biographies of the coaches available in the region. Contact can then be made with the selected coach via the contact details on the coach’s page. In most cases the contact details refer to a coaching company. The coaching company will arrange the chemistry meeting between the Senior School Leader and the Coach. 


CSL is funded by the Teacher Education Section (TES) of the Department of Education (DE)
This service is managed by Clare Education Centre.