Developing Leadership, Values & Rapport: Applying the principles and practices of coaching to empower student voice in our schools 14.10.2021

Developing Leadership, Values & Rapport: Applying the principles and practices of coaching to empower student voice in our schools.

As educators we need to create a positive learning environment to support the empowerment of student voice. The culture we create as the leaders of learning in our individual settings must consist of shared values that are reinforced through effective communication. This four-part webinar series will provide a practical guide for teachers to create meaningful opportunities for developing student voice.

Session One - Understanding the Qualities of Successful Leaders

This session, Understanding the Qualities of Successful Leaders, will explore the qualities associated with successful leaders in the sporting world and the importance of soft skills. Key themes include Emotional Intelligence, Growth Mindset and Empathy. We will highlight how top-class coaches from the sporting world have embraced these concepts in their practice and explain how our students can be empowered when we adopt a similar approach.

Session Two - Developing Vision & Values

Our third session will delve into the values that define some of the most successful coaches and teams from the world of sport, values which we believe are paramount in the development of an empowered student. Developing Vision & Values will examine the importance of fostering a philosophy, creating a ‘team’ environment in our classrooms, and establishing our core values with our students. In doing so, we will enhance student voice and leadership.

Session Three - Building Rapport

In session four, we look at the importance of Building Rapport in developing student voice and leadership, and how strong relationships enhance this potential. We discuss some of the key elements necessary to grow rapport, including trust, communication skills, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and the importance of reflection. Integrating these elements into our daily teaching practices will encourage student voice and leadership to flourish.  

Fee:  There is a €30 non-refundable fee for this three-week course


Eoghan Hanley; MA, HDip

Eoghan has huge experience in both educational and sporting settings. A teacher for the past 15 years in Gort Community School, Eoghan is also a PDST associate and the National Coordinator of the GAA/PDST Future Leaders Programme, a role to which he was seconded for two years. He has also begun working with the UCD School of Education as a lecturer and supervisor on their PME Programme. On the sporting front, Eoghan is a qualified Coach Educator and has worked with GAA teams at both club and county level. He also worked in France with French Ligue 2 football team En Avant de Guingamp.

Colm Hanley: HDip, M.Ed. ELM

Colm is an English and History teacher in Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom. He is also the Munster Coordinator of the GAA/PDST Future Leaders Programme and a PDST associate. His coaching credentials include numerous qualifications in a variety of sports. While the majority of his coaching journey has been with the GAA, he also coaches soccer and golf, qualifying as a golf teaching professional in 2014. Colm has recently completed a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Management and in the process conducted extensive research in the area of effective teaching styles and student voice.

Colm Madden: BA, MA, PDE

Colm is an English and History teacher in Gort Community School in Co. Galway.  He is also the Connacht Coordinator of the GAA/PDST Future Leaders Programme, a PDST associate and is currently completing a PhD. A member of Whitegate GAA Club in Co. Clare, Colm has extensive experience in the GAA as a player, coach and administrator. He is passionate about using learnings from the world of sport to help develop the student voice in our classrooms.


Course Properties

Course date 14-10-2021 7:00 pm
Course End Date 04-11-2021 8:00 pm
Registration Start Date 26-08-2021
Cut off date 14-10-2021 4:30 pm
Individual Price €30.00
Number Hours 1
Location ZOOM online