Students Coaching Students

Students Coaching Students is a train-the-trainer course that builds on prior coaching knowledge and experience to support educators to develop peer coaching between their students to enhance their success and wellbeing.

Applying & Extending
12 Learning Hours
  • Introduce coaching skills to students in a supportive, structured and sustainable way 
  • Train students to build agency
  • Enhance learning and wellbeing outcomes for students 
  • Improve communication and social skills
  • Enhance student perspective taking and emotional intelligence

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About Students Coaching Students

Coaching is a valuable social skill that can enhance goal attainment and emotional regulation. Students Coaching Students offers a way to teach coaching skills to students, who are then able to support their peers to set goals and grow in a collaborative way. 

This train-the-trainer course is designed to support educators who have already undertaken GCI coaching training to apply their knowledge and expertise to the development and implementation of student peer coaching in their school. 

Based on the research of Prof. Christian van Nieuwerburgh and Chloe Tong (2013), when implemented thoughtfully, student peer coaching initiatives bring a range of benefits such as better study skills, increased emotional intelligence and improved communication skills, to both the students learning to be coaches and those students who are being coached. 

Minimum Requirements

Participants must have completed the GCI Introduction to Leadership Coaching course or the Coaching Accreditation Program. 

This course provides training for teachers to train their students to coach other students. The two-day program covers theories and elements of coaching, along with an orientation of the six modules that are taught to the students. There are a range of resources in the provided Teacher Kit to support you in the facilitation of the training, including a PowerPoint presentation, facilitator guide, GROWTH cards and an example of a student workbook.

Why students as coaches?

Three core Elements of Coaching

GCI Facilitation: Key areas of success

Coaching observation and practice

Overview of the Students Coaching 

Students Modules

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Student Peer Coaching
  • Module 2 – Core Coaching Skills
  • Module 3 – Using the GROWTH Framework
  • Module 4 – Understanding our Emotions and a "Coaching Way of Being"
  • Module 5 – Goal Setting in Coaching
  • Module 6 – Using Coaching

Set up presentations

Working in groups, present a brief overview and one activity from the module.

Following these sessions, participants plan for implementation within their own schools.

Topics covered include:

  • Selection of student peer coaches
  • Communication to parents/caregivers
  • Communication to staff
  • Initial training for student peer coaches
  • Timeframes and implementation


Participants who successfully complete this course will receive:

  • A personal Certificate of Completion.
  • A non-transferable train-the-trainer license to train cohorts of students for their school using the provided materials.
  • All materials and resources required to deliver student coach training in their school.

Matt Aukett
Associate Principal, Meadowbank Primary School (Formerly Associate Principal Auckland Normal Intermediate School)

"The Students as Peer Coaches Programme has been an absolute success and has allowed our students to increase their agency in learning allowing our students to be more confident and competent. The students’ increased ability to communicate their goals and aspirations made learning a more collaborative and inspiring process for both the students and the teachers involved."

Before you register

By registering for any of the above events the following cancellation policy applies:

All cancellations or changes must be requested in writing or by email to

If you are unable to attend the program you may transfer:

  • your registration to another nominated person or
  • to another program. However, only one change is allowed and you must attend another program within six months of initial program.

The following transfer and cancellation fees apply:

  • Cancellations or transfers greater than 6 weeks prior to the program attract no fees and the full program fee will be refunded.
  • Cancellations or transfers greater than 2 weeks but less than 6 weeks prior to the program:
  • $100 plus GST transfer fee for rescheduling to another program or
  • $100 plus GST transfer fee for nominating another attendee or
  • 30% of the program fee plus GST for cancellation requests.
  • Cancellations or transfers up to 2 weeks prior to the program:
  • $100 per program day plus GST transfer fee for rescheduling to another program or
  • $100 plus GST for nominating another attendee or
  • 50% of the program fee plus GST for cancellation requests.
  • There is no refund or credit for “no-shows” the day of the program.

In the event that the Program is cancelled, registrants will be reimbursed their registration fee.


For a group quote, please email

Register for upcoming Students Coaching Students workshops
Register Your Interest

If you would like to participate in one of our workshops and none of the scheduled dates are suitable, please complete this expression of interest form and a GCI staff member will be in contact with you to discuss suitable options


Please note there are prerequisites for this course. Please confirm you meet the minimum entry requirements before registering.

2 x 1 day workshop



123 Queen Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

We are currently accepting applications for our online Students Coaching Students course scheduled for November 2024. Please complete this enquiry form and our training coordinator will contact you to register your school or organisation.

Day 1: 19 November 2024

Day 2: 20 November 2024

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