ILM7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring Cohort 6

Date: Thursday 18 Oct 2018 - Thursday 4 Apr 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3YU
Event Fee:Base Price - £1,395.00 (Ex VAT)

The post-graduate level programme has been designed by The Training Spa in collaboration with the East of England Local Government Association and Accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). 

 Aims and Objectives

To provide the opportunity for participants to develop executive coaching and mentoring skills.

By working with colleagues in a series of interactive workshops, delegates will work at:

  • developing high levels of emotional intelligence and communication skills (including active listening and clean language)
  • building expertise and credibility in coaching; understanding its role in improving performance; bringing out the best in individuals and teams
  • creating a coaching culture within their organisation
  • understanding the organisational context and boundaries that impact on the workplace coach
  • devising a plan for using the skills learnt on the course within the context of their own organisation

Course Leader

Stephanie Allen is a highly respected and sought-after Leadership Development Facilitator, Mentor and Coach.

She has an enviable reputation as a Leadership Development specialist working with managers at all levels to help them grow. Although much of her current work involves designing and delivering accredited programmes so that clients may gain internationally respected qualifications through her consultancy, The Training Spa, she also creates learning opportunities for clients who need specific skills without a qualification and works as an Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor to many senior leaders.

Steph supports a broad range of clients in both public and private sectors across the UK and Europe as well as delivering an annual HR Strategy Masterclass in Shanghai.  In addition, she has built up a very specific niche within UK Universities; currently working with staff in eleven HE Institutions and supporting them whilst they gain leadership or coaching qualifications. Steph has a passion for helping people develop and this is clearly seen in her highly interactive facilitation style.

Delivery process

Six highly-interactive workshops are held to encourage sharing of existing skills; debate organisational context; learn coaching & mentoring skills and practice these in a safe environment.   On-demand, ongoing support is offered and delegates are encouraged to contact the facilitator by phone or email to seek guidance and discuss issues throughout the programme. All material and research content will be uploaded to a closed ‘Dropbox’ site.

The recommended text ‘techniques for coaching and mentoring’ by David Megginson and David Clutterbuck will be provided to each participant.


The programme is accredited and therefore if completed successfully, will qualify participants in the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

The accreditation process will involve successful completion of the following:

  • Participation in all Facilitated Learning Workshop Sessions
  • Participation in at least one Supervision Session
  • Completion of at least 20 hours Executive Coaching and / or Mentoring (in addition to the workshops)
  • Completing of three assignments:*
    - a paper setting out the strategic context of executive coaching & mentoring
    - a coaching diary
    - a reflective log

*The assessment process includes a research document on coaching & mentoring within organisations; a coaching diary covering 20 hours coaching and a reflective log.  It is estimated that this will require around two hours work per week in addition to attending the workshops. The programme facilitator will support in offering formative feedback on all draft assignments.


The programme runs over six interactive workshops and will offer participants plenty of opportunity to share and learn as well as to practice their coaching or mentoring skills in a safe and confidential environment. Participants are encouraged to devote additional time to developing their skills through action learning, reflection and practical implementation both during the course and beyond. Coaching supervision is a vital ongoing support mechanism for all practicing coaches and each participant will be expected to participate in these.

The following three units are delivered:

  • Understanding the Context of Coaching and Mentoring in a Strategic Business Environment
  • Undertaking Coaching or Mentoring at a Senior and Strategic Level
  • Reflecting on Your Own Ability to Perform Effectively as a Coach or Mentor practicing at a Senior Level  

All delegates are encouraged to contact the programme facilitator to seek guidance and support throughout this programme. Please note: When booking a place please make sure you can attend all 6 sessions and the introductory session.

 Induction session: 18 October 2018 (10.00 - 1.00)

  • Introduction to programme and outcomes
  • Discuss practicalities; finding coachees; time management; recording coaching practice
  • Induction to the ILM
  • Learning styles and development needs
  • Coaching culture in Local authorities

Session 1: 8 November 2018 (10.00 – 4.30)

  • Putting coaching & mentoring in context
  • An introduction to organisational development
  • Creating a coaching culture
  • Skills and behaviours of coaches & mentors
  • Feedback and Review

Session 2: 6 December 2018 (10.00 – 4.30)

  • The ethics of coaching & mentoring
  • Organisational benefits of coaching & mentoring
  • Coaching behaviours
  • Introducing coaching & mentoring skills
  • Practice coaching
  • Feedback & Review

Session 3: 10 January 2019 (10.00 – 4.30)

  • Reflection on coaching practice
  • Contracting with clients
  • Building coaching & mentoring relationships
  • Coaching & mentoring skills development
  • Practice coaching
  • Feedback & Review

Session 4: 7 February 2019 (10.00 – 4.30)

  • Reflection on coaching practice
  • The coach’s duty of care
  • Coaching & mentoring skills development
  • Record keeping & creating your coaching diary
  • Practice coaching
  • Feedback & Review

Session 5: 7 March 2019 (10.00 – 4.30)

  • Reflection on coaching practice
  • Developing self-reflection skills & self-knowledge
  • Record keeping & creating your self-reflection log
  • Coaching & mentoring skills development
  • Practice coaching
  • Feedback & Review

Session 6:  4 April 2019 (10.00 – 4.30)

  • Reflection on coaching practice
  • The importance of supervision
  • Self-management
  • Ongoing development needs
  • Your image as a coach & mentor
  • What happens next?

All assignments to be submitted by 31 July 2019

Workshops are limited to 12 participants to ensure a rich and diverse learning experience for all.

Please note: When booking a place please make sure you can attend all 6 sessions and the introductory session.

Venue will be held in the East of England but may be subject to change depending on geographical location of delegates, in order to make it easier to travel to. Current provisions are booked for a venue in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

If you have any queries please contact Hilary Jarrett-Firat, HR Administrator, East of England LGA email:

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Cancellations, substitutions and transfers

The appropriate cancellation charge will apply based on the cost of your booking, as shown below.

Calendar days notice before the start date of the course

Refund applicable

30 calendar days or more

Full refund

Between 15 and 29 calendar days (inclusive)

50% refund

Between 1 and 14 calendar days (inclusive)

No refund will be given

Failure to attend

Treated as late cancellation and no refund given



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