The RD1st Coaching Course (accredited)

Please note, due to the influence of the covid-19 situation, all advertised courses in 2022 will be online. Many of you have welcomed the increased accessibility.

Thank you for your understanding. Keep safe.

Course overview – A skill set, a philosophy, an experience.

Covering an eclectic mix of skills, group exchange and investigation relating to coaching and leadership. An opportunity to understand your own leadership preferences and develop a coaching style. For those wishing to train as a professional, one to one RD1st Coach and/or enhance leadership, mentoring and facilitation skills and utilise coaching skills in the workplace or day to day interactions. A wide range of core coaching skills and coaching frameworks are introduced and practised. Other core topics which are presented, debated and explored include:

Enhanced self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Negotiation and trust

Motivation, needs and behaviour

Giving and receiving feedback

Difficult conversations and negotiation

Advanced Communication

The course is designed such that everyone’s learning will, in part, be specific to them; by the end of the two core modules, all participants will have experienced delivering coaching sessions and being coached using a variety of techniques and skills and explored how coaching approaches and skills can be used outside formal 1-2-1 sessions, including personal leadership style and in the workplace.

The course is accredited through Culture at Work (equivalent to ILM level 7). As part of accreditation, trainees complete two written submissions, achieve coaching practice between modules and undertake a live coaching assessment on the final day of Module Three. The course is accompanied by a comprehensive manual.

Previous participants have included a wide range of people working as freelancers or in employed roles in the creative, cultural, heritage, charity, therapeutic and education sectors including artists, arts managers, consultants, clinical psychologists, theatre directors, choreographers, facilitators, fundraisers and Fellows of the Clore Cultural and Clore Social Leadership programmes.

Some testimonials from previous participants give a further flavour of the course and what to expect.


Format: An eight-day, accredited course in three modules (3+3+2). Each module is approximately one month apart.  It is also possible to take the course without accreditation – 6 days (3+3).

Location: Online using the zoom platform. Each day runs from 10:00 – 16:30 (GMT)

Level: accredited (optional), equivalent to ILM level 7. No prior experience required.

Costs: fees vary according to your resources and whether accreditation is required. Further information and details regarding fees, can be found in the booking form – request a form. Please state which course you are interested in (e.g. RD39 Spring 2022) when emailing – thank you. We can only reserve places on confirmation of a deposit and on receipt of a completed booking form (via email is preferred).


Please note, each course tends to fully book 4-6 months in advance. However, it is worth going on the waiting list, as last-minute deferrals do sometimes occur.

Due to current demand, we may programme ‘pop-up’ courses for 2022 (online only). Please join our mailing list (via Contact Us tab – click the red sofa) to be the first to hear, as this is where we advertise them. Please note, when they are announced, they usually fully book up within 48 hours.

Dates for 2021

RD38: Autumn 2021  (long waiting list)

Module one: 6 – 8 Oct

Module two: 3 – 5 Nov

Module three: 2 & 3 Dec

Dates for 2022 (all online)

RD39: Spring 2022  (fully booked – waiting list started)

Module one: 26 – 28 Jan

Module two: 23 – 25 Feb

Module three: 24 & 25 March

RD40: Summer 2022  (fully booked – waiting list started)

Module one: 27 – 29 April

Module two: 25 – 27 May

Module three: 23 & 24 June

RD41: Autumn 2022  (confirmed – bookings open)

Module one: 5 – 7 Oct

Module two: 2 – 4 Nov

Module three: 1 & 2 Dec

Course Trainers: Deb Barnard, Emma Haughton, Holly Davey and Isabel Mortimer. Each course is run by two trainers.

External Assessors: Sarah Hymas and Diane Sammons

Testimonials from previous participants give a further flavour of the course and what to expect.