At The MTPT Project, we know that coaching is a powerful and empowering process that can help you to reflect upon your short, medium and long term CPD and career plans.  As part of our two-module Accreditation process, we currently offer two coaching options to support you in reaching your goals whilst on parental leave.

The MTPT Project Accreditation Coaching Offer

Developing Your Coaching Skills

As part of your CPD, you might be interested in developing your own coaching skills.  There are lots of opportunities to do so, which could work around your new baby.

Coach a Teach First Trainee

If you are a Teach First ambassador, you can support a Teach First participant in their first year who is having a tough time.  This can be on the telephone or in person, and is incredibly rewarding because of the difference it can make in a new teacher’s personal and professional life.  Sometimes, your extra voice at the end of a telephone and the tips and strategies that you can offer once baby is in bed can mean the difference between a Teach First participant dropping out of the programme or going on to become a fantastic teacher.

One Teach First participant said, “I honestly can’t thank you enough for everything – you have gone above and beyond and have been a big part of helping me get through this term.  Thank you so much.”

Contact your Local Engagement Officer to find out more about this opportunity.


Our EdTech Advocate, Nicole Ponsford, offers her top tips for successful eCoaching – a great logistical and transport solution for parents!

Face to face coaching can be done as easily online as it can in person, or easier if you cannot leave the sofa. There are a range of ways you can do this with Microsoft Skype being the obviously route (or Skype Business if you are really serious and want to put a few pennies to it).

There are a range of alternatives to Skype: if you are after free alternatives, Facebook and WhatsApp also offer live chat, as does Apple’s ‘Facetime’. All of these offer both desktop and smart phone apps to be able to chat on the go.  GoogleHangouts is another favourite, especially if your school contacts are already signed up to this. Zoom also seems to be getting more popular in the UK.

For more information about the best options for 2017, check out this article.

When preparing for your coaching or webinar sessions on parental leave, consider these top logistical tips:

  1. Make decisions or plan your contributions before you begin your session or webinar – this can help to maximise on precious nap/ calm time.
  2. Set yourself reminders an hour or so before your session or webinar so that you give yourself plenty of time to settle kids, find a quiet space, or get that moment to yourself first.
  3. Memory can be tricky when you’re sleep-deprived: make notes, or ask your coach to make notes for you as part of your coaching agreement.
  4. Make sure you are all set up: get a drink, make sure your top-half is semi-reliable in the screen shot (!) and that you are comfortable. Check your internet, give yourself time to get logged in, and have a pen and paper/ note-taking equipment to hand.
  5. Be clear about what you want to do if baby wakes up/ cries/ falls down the stairs and prepare for this.  It might be as simple as having a bottle or a boob ready and waiting, to explaining at the beginning of the call which scenarios will mean post-poning the conversation to a more convenient time.

Co-Active Introductions

Co-Active offer a number of free webinar and face-to-face coaching events (in London) for you to develop your interest or experience in coaching.  They focus on the training and qualifications offered by CTI and aim to be as inclusive as possible at their in person events.

Their friendly customer service team have a handy ‘chat’ function on their website where you can enquire after attending an event with your baby.

Professional Coaching

We have a number of experienced and qualified coaches within The MTPT Project community who come highly recommended.  All of these coaches have supported the growth of The MTPT Project and adhere to its core values; however, as these parters are professional coaches, they do charge for their sessions.  As partners of The MTPT Project, they have a set cost of £100 per hourly session.

Information about their qualifications and the format of coaching that they offer can be found below.  If you would like to chat further to any of these coaches, just contact us, and we can provide you with their details.

Coach: Cornelia Lucey, South London

Qualifications: MA Leadership (with a focus on Mindsets), MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology

Experience: Coaching since 2010, Cornelia has worked with hundreds of teachers and seniors leaders to promote resilience, engagement and performance.

An experienced Senior Consultant and Coaching Psychologist, Cornelia draws extensively on leadership, change management as well as positive psychology approaches. She has worked with a wide range of public sector, charity and corporate organisations in the UK and the Middle East.

Cornelia is talented in improving individual, team and organisational performance through change management, business development and wider strategic projects. She also brings a track record in facilitation and was formerly a news journalist and is an ambassador of the Teach First leadership programme.

Coaching format: Telephone/ Skype/ face-to-face

Contact Cornelia

Coach: Mal Krishnasamy, Dorset

Qualifications: PGCE Secondary History, PgCert in Improving the Teaching & Learning of PSHE, ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching & Mentoring Certificate. Member of the Association for Professional Executive Coaching & Supervision. 


Mal is a former senior leader of ten years in a variety of London schools leading Teaching & Learning & CPD.  By keeping coaching at the heart of change management, she has transformed departments & organisations.

She is now an independent education consultant, coach and trainer, having retrained as an Executive Coach whilst on maternity leave. She specialises in leadership development, introducing coaching in schools and 1-1 professional coaching.   Mal is also a coach for Middle Leaders on the Diverse Leaders Programme and Senior Leaders as part of Women Leading in Education.

She is a Regional Leader for WomenEd South East and the Dorset Advocate for The MTPT Project.

Coaching format: Telephone/ face to face/ Zoom/ Skype

Contact Mal

Coach: Charmaine Roche, Nottingham

Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma Coaching

Experience: Charmaine entered the coaching and consultancy profession after making a life – changing decision to leave headship.

She rapidly established herself as a life coach specializing in leadership and management and achieved her post graduate coaching diploma in 2015 from Warwick University, with distinction.

Charmaine is also currently Regional Leader for WomenEd, supporting women who want to enter headship or become CEOs of their sector.

Coaching format: Telephone/ face to face/ Zoom

Contact Charmaine

Coach: Naomi Ward, Hampshire 

Qualifications: PGCE Secondary English, MA in Media, Culture and Communication, CTI Trained Coach expecting to achieve CPCC (certification) in March 2018 

Experience:  Naomi spent 14 years as Secondary English Teacher, Head of English and Head of Faculty in South London State Schools. During this time, she had her three children.

Naomi is now working as an Education Consultant developing collaborative projects between schools and employers, as well as using coaching to enhance schools’ Careers Education.  As the editor of the #teacher5aday Handbook and journal, Naomi delivers training for enhancing and sustaining teacher wellbeing. She is also a Regional Leader for WomenEd in the South East.

As a coach, Naomi works with Leadership teams in the South East as well as with apprentices and students. She is inspired by supporting others to connect with the full expression of their authentic selves.

Coaching format: Telephone/ face to face/ Skype

Contact Naomi


Coach: Hannah Wiggins-Thirkill, Surrey 

Qualifications: B.A. Hons, PGCE, QTS, Part of Gold Coachmark team

Experience: Teacher and Lead Coach in an outstanding school

The Coachmark award is a national quality mark for coaching in education, similar to CQC or an Ofsted grading specifically for the coaching provided at that institute.  Hannah’s school also contributed to developing the original Coachmark programme.

Coaching format: Telephone/ Skype 

Contact Hannah

Coach: Dr. Lindsay Joyce, Berkshire

Qualifications: MEd Psychology and DEdPsy (Doctorate in Educational Psychology)

Experience: Lindsay is a registered psychologist who has been coaching since 2010. She has worked with hundreds of teachers and seniors leaders to promote resilience, engagement and performance. She is also a sought-after facilitator, trainer and keynote speaker in the field of resilience, has spoken at international conferences, and has worked with corporate and public sector clients in the UK and Ireland to support their resilience and performance. Lindsay is a former ‘people and change’ consultant, and an ambassador of the Teach First leadership programme.

Coaching format: Telephone/ Skype 

Contact Lindsay