Inspiring Purpose is a personal development teaching resource
Using our unique poster templates, pupils are guided through a journey of self-reflection and inspiration where they reflect upon their own personal strengths, explore who and what inspires them and then use this insight to talk about their future aspirations.
Designed specifically for 10 to 16 year olds, Inspiring Purpose is principally supported by the John Templeton Foundation. The original values poster was developed from Sir John Templeton’s Worldwide Laws of Life which he published in 1997. The qualities and values reflected on in the programme are aligned with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.
The aim and vision of the Inspiring Purpose programme is to give young people the opportunity to think about their values and character strengths whilst also reflecting on who or what inspires them and their aspirations and goals for the future.
Our mission is to help young people set goals, demonstrate future-mindedness and develop a sense of purpose. To help these young minds of the future find opportunities and causes that they care about, and to get young people involved in taking action on issues that matter to them.
At Inspiring Purpose we have four projects available for use. Our main project is our ‘Inspiring Purpose: Global Citizens in the Making‘, which we have thousands of young people participating in every year. Also we have our ‘Inspiring Purpose: WW1 Centenary‘ project which explores historic values and takes participants on a journey through this historic period of our time. Our ‘Inspiring Purpose: Between the Generations‘ project is one similar to that of our WW1 project as it takes you through the history and values from the First World War, but this time through joint-reflection and evaluation as the participants complete our ‘at home’ project with a grandparent, relative or family friend. Our ‘Inspiring Purpose: Commonwealth Edition‘ of the Inspiring Purpose project is dedicated to all of our friends across the 50 nations and territories of the Commonwealth. In this edition they explore their own personal strengths and values . Our mission… To inspire purpose as a way of being in all young people in the Commonwealth.
Check out the news and articles below for some of the most recent events and projects that have been happening here at Inspiring Purpose including our most recent Awards Magazine from 2017, as well as other projects that are going on out there involving our partners.
“This programme offers young people the opportunity to think about what they want out of life – an opportunity to reflect on their values and a way of being – it is not just about words on a page, you can see the impact that it has had on them, and the change is amazing.”
Our ambition is that every young person has the opportunity to take part in the Inspiring Purpose programme. To achieve this, we are actively seeking partners for delivery and funding.
Inspiring Purpose helps young people to:
1. Make progress towards the outcomes of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence.
2. Make informed and ambitious choices about jobs and careers (Developing the Young Workforce).
3. Encourages them to be the best they can be (the Scottish Attainment Challenge). We are actively seeking conversations with the people who can help us realise our ambition. For more details, read here.
We currently work with a range of partners to enhance the Inspiring Purpose programme and to offer teachers and pupils a ‘What Next?‘
We have had over 90,000 young people participate in Inspiring Purpose in 58 different nations and territories, and engaging all 32 Local Authority areas in Scotland. We see the impact we have in classrooms and on young people through the feedback we receive at events, and from teachers and pupils on our posters. We see the effort and transformation that young people go through when completing Inspiring Purpose – and we want to share that with you. In this part of the website you will be able to see posters, photos, videos and more from previous awards over the years.
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