FAQs

Here are some of the questions we often get asked.

We would love to hear from you, so pick up the phone and call us on 01380 888013 for an informal chat. We can help you explore your options and answer your questions in more detail.

It can be a minefield deciding which qualification is right for you. The best thing to do next is have a chat with Clare on 01380 888013 – Clare can find out more about your needs and background and then help you to explore all the options. click here for all our contact details. You won’t be under any pressure to enrol and it definitely won’t be a ‘sales’ call – just impartial and honest advice.

You will have a year to complete. The average time for each qualification varies slightly. Our most popular qualifications are levels 5 and 7 and the Certificate takes about 300 hours of study time and the Diploma 450 hours – this includes writing three assignments and undertaking the practical coaching requirements. Level 3 varies between 150 and 300 hours depending on whether you choose a single topic Award and Certificate (coaching or mentoring) or dual certification in coaching and mentoring.

You can start your qualification any time. The first step is to enrol and complete a detailed application form. As soon as you have paid we will send you all your learning materials, allocate your personal tutor and register you with he ILM for your chosen qualification. You will book an induction meeting with your tutor at a mutually convenient time and this is the date on which your 1 year study period begins (or within a month of enrolment, whichever is sooner).

Yes you should be able to have an extension – fees will apply. We don’t give free extensions for personal reasons and your one year study period is fixed from the date of your first induction meeting with your tutor. Extensions aren’t guaranteed and will depend on the amount of progress you have made and the reasons for the extension. Some people just need a couple of months and others need longer. We frequently arrange short extensions for learners on a case by case basis. If you’ve made little progress an extension is unlikely to be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. All extensions must be applied for in writing and our T&Cs will be sent to you on enrolment to make sure you’re happy with the arrangements.

The one year study period is begins on the date of your first induction meeting with your tutor or within a month of enrolment (whichever is sooner). The 1 year deadline for completion is fixed and if you need more time you will be asked to apply for an extension and fees will be payable. We will help you to set milestones during the year and create a personalised learning journey. This helps you to work flexibility around work commitments, holidays and other events during the year.

Yes, the qualification is 100% virtual learning. You can study flexibly – any time and anywhere in the world. You can combine recorded workshop material with live webinars and coaching practice groups. You will be given access to a wonderful array of learning materials:

  • The inspired2learn website (access to articles, tools, templates and recorded webinars)
  • Books – sent you your home and chosen for your qualification
  • Association for Coaching membership
  • Institute of Leadership & Management membership
  • Coaching at Work magazine

You will be given access to a wonderful array of learning materials:

  • The inspired2learn website (access to articles, tools, templates and recorded webinars)
  • Books – sent you your home and chosen for your qualification
  • Association for Coaching membership
  • Institute of Leadership & Management membership
  • Coaching at Work magazine

 

You will also have plenty of tutor support with one of our expereinced team.

You will also have plenty of tutor support. All our tutors are practising coaches and run their own coaching business – they have a wealth of experience to share with you.

Yes, this is part of your qualification and although it can feel daunting, its easy to set up and a great learning opportunity. You will be asked to record a session (with permission from your client) and send it to your tutor. You will be given written feedback and an opportunity to chat about it too. This isn’t an ‘assessment’ of your skills and you won’t be graded. The purpose is to give you developmental feedback – your tutor will focus on what went well and what might help you to improve. You will then include the feedback and your reflection in your practical portfolio.

You will have plenty of email contact with your tutor and also be able to arrange meetings with them for advice. The qualification begins with two meetings (1 hour each) with your tutor to answer all your initial questions and get you started on the qualification. They will help you to create a learner journey for the year with key milestones and flexible interim deadlines. Your tutor will check the first four elements of your theoretical assignment and give you written feedback before you submit for assessment and also be there to answer all your questions during the year. You have up to 12 hours of tutor time, which is far more than most people need.

Firstly we will issue your invoice for either the full fee or the deposit. As soon as this is paid, you will be registered for your chosen ILM qualification and we will send you all your learning materials (books, passwords, induction pack etc). The next step is to have two meetings with your tutor. Each of these will be about an hour long and there will probably be a gap between them of 2-3 weeks. Your tutor will help you create a learner journey for the year, with monthly activities, milestones and the interim deadlines you would like to work towards. Your one year study period with us begins on the date you first meet with your tutor or one month after enrolment, whichever is soonest.

Either is fine, although Level 7 might be important for you in remaining competitive in the market. At inspired2learn our team of tutors are all independent coaches and all run their own business. Some are Level 5 qualified and some Level 7. If senior leaders are part of your client base, you might find that Level 7 is a requirement for some opportunities / frameworks. Give us a call on 01380 888013 and we can explain further and help you to make the best choice.

Level 5 is probably the best choice for coaching at work. In our experience, most internal coaching pools in organisations require the Level 5 qualification for membership. The level 5 coaching qualification is suitable for beginners as well as experienced coaches in the workplace and for a huge variety of job titles and roles. You don’t have to be part of a workplace coaching pool. Maybe you wish to be able to offer coaching to your colleagues more informally. Remember that if you are coaching senior leaders, Level 7 might be the best choice.

We would love to hear from you.

Do you have further questions?

Would you like more information?

Feel free to get in touch to find out more about how we can help you. We pride ourselves on impartial advice. We are a friendly, knoweldgeable and experienced team and if we can’t help you, we will do our best to point you in the direction of someone who can. 

Maybe you would like a quick and informal chat or perhaps a longer call for more detailed advice. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Tel: 01380 888013

Email: enquiries@inspired2learn.co.uk

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A warm and friendly environment in all the training sessions

I learnt a huge amount about being a coach

The programme met my objectives because I wanted to become a qualified coach and the inspired2learn course has given me lots of knowledge and skills. This includes NLP, coaching models (neurological levels), self-reflection, contracting requirements, ethics, deep listening, heightened self-awareness and measuring ROI/E. The individuals I have coached have progressed personally, adding value to my organisation. This was a fantastic course, thanks for all of your support – I learnt a huge amount!

I am so fired up!

“Loved everything about the training, the group, Clare’s leadership and guidance of the sessions. Have learnt so much and have so many techniques to use now. Compared notes with a colleague who has been doing her training through our organisation and she is gutted! She said they have just flogged GROW to death with no additional techniques to use alongside it! So fired up!!” Sally, February 2020

Clare helped me achieve a ‘ good pass’ in my first assignment

Studying whilst working in a demanding role, running a busy home and completing assignments after being out of the academic arena for sometime is a challenge. However, Clare helped me achieve a ‘ good pass’ in my first assignment by giving feedback, and signposting me to additional reading material on each section. I could therefore move onto the next section knowing that I was on the right track and could be confident that I would have a good quality finished assignment.

I thought it was excellent

Thank you for delivering a fantastic, engaging enlightening, no nonsense and thought provoking 2 day workshop. I honestly mean it. I thought it was excellent. In terms of a learning experience I couldn’t fault it. The pacing, content, tone and environment you created was so conducive to learning. I learnt SO much and equally as important I have been inspired to want to learn more. You made me feel comfortable outside my comfort zone!! It was great to be with such lovely and interesting people as well. PS. My 80s T Shirt …. “Be the best version of me”….. I don’t think I’ve been it for a while and the last 2 days have genuinely been a call to action for me to be that person again. Thank you

Offered such a great opportunity

The 2 day sessions with Claire offered such a great opportunity to meet others who are on the same journey although at different starting points. It was really thought provoking, inciteful and motivational. It was useful to hear that my feelings of being overwhelmed, didn’t just belong to me!

What our customers
say about us...

A warm and friendly environment in all the training sessions

I learnt a huge amount about being a coach

The programme met my objectives because I wanted to become a qualified coach and the inspired2learn course has given me lots of knowledge and skills. This includes NLP, coaching models (neurological levels), self-reflection, contracting requirements, ethics, deep listening, heightened self-awareness and measuring ROI/E. The individuals I have coached have progressed personally, adding value to my organisation. This was a fantastic course, thanks for all of your support – I learnt a huge amount!

I am so fired up!

“Loved everything about the training, the group, Clare’s leadership and guidance of the sessions. Have learnt so much and have so many techniques to use now. Compared notes with a colleague who has been doing her training through our organisation and she is gutted! She said they have just flogged GROW to death with no additional techniques to use alongside it! So fired up!!” Sally, February 2020

Clare helped me achieve a ‘ good pass’ in my first assignment

Studying whilst working in a demanding role, running a busy home and completing assignments after being out of the academic arena for sometime is a challenge. However, Clare helped me achieve a ‘ good pass’ in my first assignment by giving feedback, and signposting me to additional reading material on each section. I could therefore move onto the next section knowing that I was on the right track and could be confident that I would have a good quality finished assignment.

I thought it was excellent

Thank you for delivering a fantastic, engaging enlightening, no nonsense and thought provoking 2 day workshop. I honestly mean it. I thought it was excellent. In terms of a learning experience I couldn’t fault it. The pacing, content, tone and environment you created was so conducive to learning. I learnt SO much and equally as important I have been inspired to want to learn more. You made me feel comfortable outside my comfort zone!! It was great to be with such lovely and interesting people as well. PS. My 80s T Shirt …. “Be the best version of me”….. I don’t think I’ve been it for a while and the last 2 days have genuinely been a call to action for me to be that person again. Thank you

Offered such a great opportunity

The 2 day sessions with Claire offered such a great opportunity to meet others who are on the same journey although at different starting points. It was really thought provoking, inciteful and motivational. It was useful to hear that my feelings of being overwhelmed, didn’t just belong to me!

The only way is forwards

You are absolutely right about what you say about coaching, and the impact of the course has been quite significant for me already in making some changes, particularly in my professional life. Watch this space and LinkedIn – it’s definitely an irreversible journey that I am about to go on and the only way is forwards.

Clare is such an inspiration

I really enjoyed days 1&2 of the training. It was a baptism of fire with Clare being such an inspiration . I was (am) still a little overwhelmed at the sheer amount of material on offer , but am slowly beginning to get to grips with the vastness and conversely what Clare defined as “the simplicity” of coaching.

Very thought provoking

It was really good – very thought-provoking -very high quality. Really impressive trainer. Felt that there was a real depth of quality to the whole offer both the depth of Clare’s expertise in the training days, the ongoing support and the way the qualification is backed up by Wiltshire’s whole approach to coaching. All felt very thought through.

Qualification has enriched my own practice in the roles of line manager

Being forced to take longer over my coaching qualification due to the pandemic, led to a deepening of practice and a greater awareness of my development needs. The knowledge transfer on a number of tools and techniques has been great, but the best element for me was the development of my “reflective capacity” to learn as I went along and in dialogue with peers/supervisor/community. The coaching network that the qualified coaches feed into within my organisation, has never been stronger. The business now has additional coaching capacity to address behavioural and developmental needs. The qualification has also enriched of my own practice in the roles of line manager and internal consultant/project manager when it comes to contracting with people and evaluation.

Helped me secure a new role

I thought I’d drop you a line to let you know that I have accepted a new job in a research facility so a very different working environment. I will be moving into another People Partner role, working directly with my client group (scientists mainly!) and be their link to other specialist functions in HR. Thanks for all your help and support. Having the coaching skills (and qualification) definitely helped with securing this role.

Fantastic support

Fantastic support – I was extremely grateful for not just this support but the experience and feedback provided which allowed me to gain this qualification. The ongoing e-mails and support literature were extremely useful during my studying. I have retained a great deal of this material for use in future development and learning. I had limited theoretical knowledge of coaching and mentoring; this has now developed as a result of the course. The big step up in the skills/knowledge/understanding for me was once I began the coaching delivery. Without the theoretical knowledge I had gained this would not have been so successful. It has also encouraged the requirement for further learning after the qualification.

I have thoroughly enjoyed completing this qualification

I have thoroughly enjoyed completing this qualification. The support, learning, resources have been of such a high quality. I have felt supported, encouraged and inspired throughout. I have a better understanding of NLP, various coaching models, Standards of Conduct, Ethical guidelines. I also have an improved knowledge of listening, questioning techniques, rapport building and relationship management. I also feel more self-aware of how my behaviours impact on those around me. I have loved completing this qualification, the additional masterclasses, virtual sessions and call support have been valuable. I have and will continue to recommend Inspired2Learn to friends and colleagues. Thank you!

I finally felt I have learnt something

The difference between the original training I received, and the training I was offered by Inspired2Learn was stark. I finally felt I have learnt something and that I had someone who was able to provide useful and relevant coaching information. All the sessions were very well prepared, we were given good resources, and I felt very well supported when working on my assignments. I met my objective in terms of finally obtaining my qualification, but throughout this process I have learnt so much more. I feel I now have a very strong basis for my coaching practice, and I am confident in my knowledge. I have developed good skills/knowledge of contracting, structuring the coaching practice, questioning and listening skills, understanding and knowledge of different coaching tools and ethics of the coaching process. I know what to do to keep on developing and reflecting on my coaching practice. I have provided coaching support to several staff as a coach, but I also utilise my coaching skills in my day to day work as an HR Business Partner, providing support to senior managers across the organisation. Just a big thank you. I wouldn’t have been able to complete this qualification without your ongoing support.

I have been able to enhance my skills and overall performance at work

My initial objective was to improve my people management skills by developing a coaching approach. As a result of becoming more self-aware, I have been able to enhance my skills, manage my judgments and improve my communication and overall performance. I have a clear understanding of the importance of being non-judgmental and not making assumptions. I have stopped trying to be a ‘fixer’ and I have learnt to help my reports / clients to reach their own conclusions and come up with their own decisions and solutions. Learning to coach has improved my own performance and I am able to harvest this learning with the team of line managers who report into me. They in turn are developing a coaching approach. I have used my new coaching approach to enhance their self-awareness and their personal development has increased their levels of confidence and improved their competence as people managers. This has made us a strong Resource Team respected across the organisation. I have used my coaching skills to develop others across our function and this has enabled them to develop their potential and progress their careers. By developing internally, I am able to build a strong succession plan and as a result, we have high levels of job satisfaction and good attrition rates within our function. Understanding the coaching process and using a coaching model has helped me to structure my sessions effectively and I have really benefited through learning to use new tools and techniques e.g. the Values activity has helped my clients with better decision making. Overall, my two years of training as a Coach with i2l has been life changing and it has been so beneficial not only in my work but in my personal life. I have learnt so much about myself in the process and I have become a more understanding person as a result.

Clare has been absolutely fantastic, forever patient, a trusted and reliable guide

Clare has been absolutely fantastic, forever patient, a trusted and reliable guide. I will forever be grateful for her belief in me to complete this course, when I was seriously doubting myself at times. Clare is a model coach and a great tutor. I have learned a skill that I thought I would never have. I have a very thorough understanding of coaching and all it’s attributes, but also a good understanding and confidence of where and how to find out an awful lot more about things. The programme was probably a lot more involved and time consuming that I had anticipated, but thoroughly fulfilling and satisfying to complete.

Thank you again for all the resources

Thank you again for all the resources. I must say I’m really impressed already by resources on this course and most particularly by the level of your personal support.

Appreciated all the support – I am now a member of my internal coaching pool

I’ve appreciated all the support you’ve given, all the feedback to help me over ‘stuck’ points in the assignments and for creating such a warm and friendly environment in all the training sessions, both face to face and virtually. I’ve really enjoyed being part of this programme and am so glad to have done it as it’s given me such a positive start to my coaching journey. I’m now a member of my internal coaching pool and working with three clients.

Your coaching webinars are fantastic

Your coaching webinars are fantastic and really helped me to get back to the essence of coaching. Following on from my experience within the online coaching industry (I think it should be renamed as online marketing industry ??) I questioned my skills, my passion for it and the purpose of coaching, but your work and sessions helped me to get back to the heart of why I was passionate about it in the first place and reminded me of the power of real/true coaching ?.

Theory helps to support the practical work

I must admit I didn’t think I would enjoy the assignment side, but unlike other assignment-based assessments I have undertaken in the past, I feel that this one does help to piece together and reinforce some of the practical coaching

Thank you for delivering a fantastic, engaging and enlightening workshop

Thank you for delivering a fantastic, engaging enlightening, no nonsense and thought provoking 2 day workshop. I honestly mean it. I thought it was excellent. In terms of a learning experience I couldn’t fault it. The pacing, content, tone and environment you created was so conducive to learning. I learnt SO much and equally as important I have been inspired to want to learn more. You made me feel comfortable outside my comfort zone!! It was great to be with such lovely and interesting people as well. Thank you

Thank you again for all the resources

Thank you again for all the resources. I must say I’m really impressed already by resources on this course and most particularly by the level of your personal support.

The supervision qualification has 100% met my objectives

The programme has exceeded my objectives as the skills I have learned have a broader reach than coaching supervision alone. Essentially, this qualification will enable my organisation to maximise the return on investment in developing an internal coaching service. I can use the skills to provide reflective practice sessions for teams who work in helping/social care professions. I am also going to lead a practice supervision programme for senior social workers using the skills and knowledge I have learned from this qualification. The support from Clare has been second to none. Clare’s warmth, encouragement, honesty, challenge to think differently, feedback and non-judgemental approach elevated the quality of tutorship to the next level – it was brilliant and I have no suggestions on this could be improved. Thank you

I didn’t realise what I was starting, but in a good way!

Undertaking the ILM L7 supervision qualification has been intense and in-depth. It has taken my coaching to another level too. My management of my coaching team has also improved and given me a different perspective as I am more stakeholder aware. I feel that I am just at the beginning of a massive learning journey. Being back with a beginner mindset is humbling. I didn’t realise what I was starting, but in a good way!

I’ve found it all really interesting and draft work was turned around quickly

The fact you turn draft assignment work around so quickly really helps to keep the motivation high and I’ve enjoyed it much more than I expected considering my learning style is high on active experimentation and low on theory! I’ve found it all really interesting and learned so much, and I feel much more confident now about being able to manage a conversation with a pure theorist who likes to challenge, which was one of my goals at the outset.

Clare is a gifted teacher

Thank you for another great ILM L7 workshop. You really are a gifted teacher. I always love the drive up and back to your sessions because I know I’ll walk out inspired.

Thorough induction

A really thorough induction that has answered all my queries so far, nothing is outstanding. Looking forward to getting stuck into the qualification. I feel well supported to do this

Support has been sublime

The support has been absolutely sublime

I can’t recommend i2l enough and am hugely grateful that I chose you for this qualification

I would just like to thank you for all your support throughout the ILM L7 coaching qualification. I found the webinars really helpful and allowed me to connect with learners at a time I was feeling isolated. Your responsiveness to assignment submissions was a huge source of motivation and kept the momentum going. I can’t recommend i2l enough and am hugely grateful that I chose you for this qualification. Everything has been very smooth and supportive, and I feel I have learned a lot from both the theory and the coaching hours and reflective learning. I do struggle with self-study and theory, but found with I2L there was a helpful set of resources and templates available, as well as physical support, so this minimised the issues I find with self-study. I now have clarity on the distinctions between coaching and mentoring, and a language and set of tools I didn’t have before. I have a deeper experience and am better able to articulate my feelings about coaching. I am also more aware of the need and value of supervision, co-coaching and continual learning, as well as the professional bodies, ethics and competencies. I am able to market myself differently and coach with more confidence.

Experience and support has been excellent

All I can say is that the experience and the support has been excellent. Clare you have been great in terms of always being there for your clients, so responsive and really caring that we do well.

i2l were fantastic

i2l were fantastic from first contact to post-qualification engagement. They have been utterly professional throughout. The coaching instructor (Clare Smale) is a true expert in her field and demonstrates this in her approach to coaching you through the course. I learned a huge amount that was not only valuable for coaching and mentoring, but widely applicable in many areas of work and life in general. I’d thoroughly recommend i2l for anyone considering any level of coaching or mentoring qualification.

Speedy response to queries

I am really appreciating the speedy response to queries and the iterative approach to assignment writing. I appreciate the flexibility of the learning and support approach which feels very personal to my circumstances

Lots of practical advice which was just what I was after.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a slight tendency towards cynicism (something I am trying to self-coach out…) but immediately bought into you and the session. Lots of practical advice which was just what I was after. Thanks for the books also – I’m thoroughly enjoying John Whitmore’s book and am wondering what took me so long to read it?!

I certainly learned a great deal!

Thank you very much for the first day of the ILM Level 7 Cert Coaching Course. It was a terrific day and I certainly learned a great deal. It was also fun and I enjoyed meeting the rest of the team. Lots to consider!!

Better support than some other providers

I went to a networking workshop event with another provider last week and it became apparent that we receive far more support from Clare at inspired2learn than other students who are studying for ILM 5 and ILM 7 with alternative providers – so a huge thank you, Clare. One of the workshops was an introduction to NLP and again, it became clear that we had much more NLP input from Clare’s workshops.

Good reference material on i2l website

The L7 Certificate is really challenging me to develop my thinking and consider different perspectives at a deeper level. I think I’m just about becoming consciously incompetent! It really helps having a lot of good reference material on your website – it saves time and prevents me trawling through the piles of lower quality material in the net. Thank you!

Excellent teaching, guidance, supervision and support

Thanks Clare and Inspired2learn for enabling me to successfully pass my ILM Level 7 coaching certificate. I have learnt so much thanks to your excellent teaching, guidance, supervision and support. Attending the workshops at the start of my course really got me engaged and built my confidence and I met great people who have also been a real support. The materials you provided to support my learning and assignments are excellent; I’ll continue to use them. Your personal care and attention has made me feel very fortunate to have found your training provision. Thanks very much for everything.

Exceeded my expectations

The programme has exceeded my expectations. I found it has really helped me begin my new career and I found it fascinating to explore the wide range of issues that impact upon successful executive coaching and develop my practice. The assignments and the support offered worked in sync to further my understanding and I have enjoyed making links between the various aspects of the course. My theoretical understanding has developed rapidly through the research for the units and how I have applied it to my practice. My planning and evaluation of coaching programmes has developed effectively by understanding the theoretical basis. My use of a range of coaching tools has become more confident and I am able to decide on which tool to deploy at appropriate times. The theoretical work and work with peers have improved my practise in this respect and I can see the positive impact upon my coachees. Taking part in the qualification has led me to access a wide range of additional learning opportunities beyond the course that I would not have been aware of – through networks and membership of the AFC.

Opening doors to a new job

I am delighted to have been offered a job as Head of Talent Management If I had not started the ILM Level 7 Coaching qualification journey, this door would have never been opened…………………!

Awesome webinars

Your webinars are really awesome and my learning is taking hold as I’m revisiting with you. Thanks so much to i2l for the incredible learner support. I’ve never felt like here’s your material, good luck with it all now.

In safe hands

I feel in such safe hands and totally supported with Clare, something I appreciate and will never forget… I would have never done it with anyone else that’s for sure!

Motivation high

The fact you turn draft assignments and feedback around so quickly really helps to keep the motivation high and I’ve enjoyed it much more than I expected considering my learning style is high on active experimentation and low on theory! I’ve found it all really interesting and learned so much, and I feel much more confident now about being able to manage a conversation with a pure theorist who likes to challenge, which was one of my goals at the outset.

i2l have been a fantastic organisation. Thank you so much!

Clare and i2L have been a fantastic organisation with whom to undertake my ILM level 7 certificate. From the very first “exploratory” phone call, I had with Clare, she was professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and approachable. I have never felt that anything was too much to ask, and she really supported my learning at every step. The advent of COVID meant that i2L had to adapt how the face-to-face teaching element of the course needed to be delivered, this was implemented swiftly, and all of the webinars have been an excellent substitute. (I think you could charge more for the outside learners). I found the i2L web-based resources very useful. I found all of the e mail support sharing tips and resources valuable. Clare has encouraged networking and peer support, which I have found really useful. The group coaching supervision was also excellent, and I found it both challenging and supportive. It has been hard work, but very well worth the effort. I think that the learning package you deliver is great value for money, and you go above and beyond to support your learners. Thank you so much!

A wealth of new knowledge, skills and understanding

This qualification has provided me with a wealth of new knowledge, skills and understanding. Whilst I already had a good theoretical knowledge of coaching, I have learned a considerable amount in respect of systemic coaching, NLP and coach supervision. Perhaps the most significant learning for me has been in the practical application of my learning and the deep reflections that have followed each of my coaching sessions. This course has provided me with opportunities to hone my coaching skills, behaviours and knowledge and to grow in confidence in respect of my coaching abilities. As a result of undertaking this qualification, I believe I will be able to add value to my organisation through the tutoring and supervision that I offer to my students in the field of coaching & mentoring and through adopting a more confident and competent coaching approach to my leadership role. I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process and have found the I2L learning resources and webinars incredibly helpful and engaging. I only wish that I had been able to engage with the webinars in real time and to be able, therefore, to participate in the breakout room discussions with fellow learners. I also really valued the opportunity to record myself in action and to have tutor/observer feedback on my practice – the feedback that was provided was supportive, extensive and insightful and offered some helpful ways in which I could develop my practice further and challenge myself. This was exactly what I needed. Thank you!

Exceptional tutor support

I now have massively different skills, knowledge and understanding of coaching, despite years of coaching informally as a leader. Much stronger understanding of coaching at an executive level and understand much more deeply the research behind it. The programme & qualification added value to my school as I will embed leadership coaching in a much more systemic way. I am hoping to coach leaders both within my organisation and across the wider group of leaders in the Multi Academy Trust. Tutor support was exceptional, with honest and direct feedback, clear guidance and modelling of outstanding coaching throughout.

Thank you – the caoching course has has enabled me to support multiple senior leaders

I’m so glad that I chose to do the qualification with yourselves. Thank you for all your support – it has been invaluable. The programme has enabled me to support multiple senior leaders and talented individuals to develop their leadership, which has meant they are leading their teams in a more self-aware way and are replicating my techniques with their teams – extending development so much further into the organisation. I now have the confidence to do small group coaching sessions and integrate my coaching knowledge with my psychology knowledge. It is helping me to coach senior leaders through supporting me in my new role too! In my new role there is a lot of scope for me to use my coaching skills to develop the organisation. The webinars and masterclasses are amazing. They have also shown me what bad examples look like as yours are so good in comparison to what is freely available on the internet. The feedback on assignments was really useful and so were the provision of what a pass and high pass would include and that helped me to get so much more out of the research. I was a bit frightened of the supervision to start with, but it was really useful The book recommendations were great too – they saved me having to trawl through a load of books to find some really great learning and techniques. It would have helped me to have done the assignments first as I found they changed my practice towards the end of the qualification. I would have benefited from assignment deadlines submission dates – even if they were moveable, it would have helped me to finish the assignments earlier. Perhaps that is something that could be agreed with further learners at the start? Overall a totally amazing experience the has totally transformed what I do and how I do it.

Loved every Minute

I’ve loved every minute of this journey and can’t thank you enough for all your support and training throughout, which has made it so fantastic. I don’t want it to end!

Thanks for the past two days Clare – they were fab

Really inspired me and made me realise there can be a world of challenge out there beyond the fire service.

Motivating and Enjoyable

I really have enjoyed this course – so motivating when your hear the client talking about how their lives have changed because of it

Very inspiring, energising course

Thank you very much for a very inspiring, energising course and encouraging a great group experience. Very excited and very glad I came to your course.

A HUGE thank you to you

A HUGE thank you to you for your support with the assignments over the years!!!! I’m a much a better coach as a result of your assignment input and supervision – just wished I’d had the time to have had more supervision from you. Also a MASSIVE thank you for contacting your network to offer my free coaching services once I left the Council to get in more coaching hours. My ability to focus my time fully on my clients and reflecting on the session, has also definitely helped me become a much better coach. I should also say I found your book really great and your courses very helpful. Studying whilst working in a demanding role, running a busy home and completing assignments after being out of the academic arena for sometime is a challenge. However, Clare helped me achieve a ‘ good pass’ in my first assignment by giving feedback, and signposting me to additional reading material on each section. I could therefore move onto the next section knowing that I was on the right track and could be confident that I would have a good quality finished assignment.

Taken away a clear plan

I have taken away a clear plan of what I need to do next week to pull together my coaching toolkit to help me in my preparation to coach and start the Level 5 assignments. I’m committed to starting my coaching practice within the law firm that I work and I am going to speak to my line manager to identify suitable coachees.

As a coach I am better able to support individuals as part of their development journey, and help ensure they are well-placed to deliver on personal and organisational goals.

I spoke to Clare and instantly knew this was the right provider

My name is James Kerfoot. I’ve been a Headteacher for nearly 10 years and I’ve long been interested in coaching, ever since I began to coach in a sporting context many years ago. I felt I knew a lot about coaching having read a lot, and taken part in some one day executive coaching courses. I became interested in the ILM L7 course and began to research providers. I happened upon the inspired2learn website by accident and it met some criteria I had eg costs were reasonable and it offered tutor support. It also had a number to call and I spoke to Clare and instantly knew this was the right provider. From the start Clare was knowledgeable and clear and also humorous throughout! 

At any point in the course when I lost my way, Clare was on hand to set me back on track with some helpful advice and also some modelled questions! The resource section on the website is full of great reading materials and there is so much to help you plan your assignments. Clare also provides some great assessment for learning templates for those assignments and these were invaluable. All this and modelled supervision sessions demonstrating what outstanding coaching looks like.

During the course of the L7 I began to recognise that most of what I thought I understood as coaching was in fact not helpful and I had to reinvent my learning and I was supported to do this every step of the way. When I needed peer interaction then Clare was able to link me with others on the course who were at the same level. The help always felt like it was completely bespoke and was offered as much or as little as required. 

I successfully completed the course and the assignments and the stress levels of doing this whilst operating a full time job running a school in a pandemic were minimal due to Clare’s expert tuition. I coached 3 other leaders during the course and have begun to coach another executive leader since. At this point I haven’t undertaken coaching professionally and with pay but I am rather using it to change the way I lead and to support other leaders. I’m confident that as and when I decide to move forwards with coaching the learning I got from the course will hold. 

I was lucky to find inspired2learn but sometimes you just find yourself in the right place, I would really recommend you contact Clare if you are thinking of completing this qualification.” August 2022

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I am really enjoying this course. I feel like a child in sweetie shop! !

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