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In 1984, the UK Department of Education & Science announced design &
technology as a new field of enquiry to be tackled by its research branch, the
Assessment of Performance Unit (APU). Established in 1975, the APU’s
prime task was surveying and monitoring levels of achievement in schools.
By the time the design & technology contract was issued, it had conducted
extensive surveys in mathematics, English, science and modern languages,
typically at ages 8, 11 and 15.
Everyone is talking about coaching. As people who work within the field of learning and
development, we find that we are constantly asked for training in coaching skills and to help
organizations introduce coaching schemes. Line managers are told that an important part of
their role is coaching. Trainers are increasingly asked to coach individuals.
In researching background material for training courses we have found that much of the
training and reading material available focuses on the skills of a coach – the art of active
listening, asking questions, and summarizing action points.