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Natspec coaching service

The Natspec coaching service provides SEND professionals with the tools to increase self-awareness, reflect critically on their own work, identify problems and challenges and, as a result, improve their own performance. Applicants will be matched with experienced coaches on an individual and confidential basis. The service follows the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) definition of coaching. Coaching:

  • is a non-directive form of development
  • focuses on improving performance and developing an individual
  • may include personal factors but the emphasis is on performance at work
  • activities have both organisational and individual goals
  • provides people with the opportunity to better assess their strengths as well as their development area
  • is a skilled activity, which should be delivered by people who are trained to do so.

There is a choice of two coaching packages.

Basic coaching package

This package includes a 90-minute introductory session plus four 60 minute sessions. Sessions are usually evenly spread across a single term.

(Introductory session includes finalisation of contract and arrangements of future dates.)


Natspec members: £550 + VAT

Natspec affiliates: £605 + VAT

Non-members: £660 + VAT

Intensive coaching package

This package includes a 90-minute introductory session plus six 60 minute sessions. Sessions are usually evenly spread across a single term.

(Introductory session includes finalisation of contract and arrangements of future dates).


Natspec members: £750 + VAT

Natspec affiliates: £825 + VAT

Non-members: £900 + VAT

What’s it like working with a Natspec coach?

Watch this short video and hear from two people about their experience of working with a Natspec coach.


Clients can indicate a preference for a particular coach. Subject to availability, we will match them accordingly.

Kate Brennan

Kate Brennan, a white woman with very short white hair, wearing glasses.Kate is a qualified coach and retired further education and skills inspector. She has an MA in teaching adults with learning difficulties, with a strong focus on policy and risk management to enable learners to participate more fully in college life. Kate has many years’ experience of working with people at all levels in the FE sector. She has a particular interest in capacity building and citizenship in FE for young people with PMLD.

“My coaching style is to emphasise confidentiality and to value the coachee’s time, integrity and openness, as well as my own.”

Jane Ragless

Jane Ragless, a white woman with white hair cut into a bob.Jane is an experienced coach, coaching trainer, manager, and practitioner. Currently Deputy Head of Learning in Foundation Programmes at Chichester College, Jane is the delivery lead of the License to Coach programme across the Chichester college group, developing participants’ ability to create a coaching ethos within their provision. Jane has been involved with SEND in FE for over 20 years. Instrumental in the creation of a quality driven, robust RARPA process, she received the Chichester College Group STAR award for innovation in teaching, learning and assessment. Jane is passionate about leading organisational change through embedding a coaching culture across the organisation.

She has worked with senior leaders in the FE and SEND independent specialist sectors as a coach and trainer to improve the quality of education and wellbeing of staff through solution focussed coaching and training.

Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse, a white man with short white hair. He is wearing a collared shirt.Simon has over 20 years’ experience in designing and facilitating leadership programmes for leaders at all levels within private and public sector organisations in the UK and abroad. He has worked with leaders in the UK FE sector since 2009 including on national programmes such as the Principals Qualifying Programme and Aspiring Principals Programme and with individual FE colleges, including specialist colleges. Simon’s coaching style is informal, balancing support and challenge. He seeks to help clients consider multiple perspectives in order to identify the root cause and underlying reasons for situations. He has a particular interest in personality, organisational culture, change and leadership.

Franki Williams

Franki Williams, a white woman with short golden brown hair.Franki provides coaching to senior leaders in the FE sector as well as delivering bespoke consultancy and training. She has a Level 7 Certificate for Senior Mentors and Coaches, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management. Franki has worked in SEND provision as a teacher, manager and leader and has a specialist interest in working with young autistic people and those with profound and complex needs. She has an M.Ed. in Severe, Profound and Complex Needs from the University of Birmingham. Franki has developed national guidance on implementing RARPA and working with learners with PMLD in the Learning and Skills sector. Franki has a person-centred, empathic, approach that empowers clients to resolve challenges and develop reflective practice skills to promote conscious and authentic leadership.

Request coaching

To request coaching, please complete the form below. If you have any other queries, please email

We aim to respond to your request within five working days. Please note that to ensure quality of service, we require sufficient time between confirming details of your requirements and delivery of the training / consultancy support. We therefore request that form submissions are done at least 1 month advance of desired date of delivery.

    Which coaching package detailed above are you interested in?

    Subject to availability, clients can indicate a preference for a particular coach (listed on this page). If you have any preferences, please let us know

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