Written by Julie Thompson.
I finally got around to listening to John Swinney’s (Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills) Key Note from SLF 2016 last week, you can watch it: here
A strong theme was our duty to work with every young person in Scotland to find the best outcome we possibly can and equip them to fulfil their potential and this left me feeling inspired and motivated because this has incredible synergy with our vision.
Our Vision at Character Scotland is that all young people have the opportunity to achieve their potential and flourish. For the past 12 years our organisation has been passionately developing and promoting various iterations of our ‘Character Discovery Activity’ and our current edition - ‘Inspiring Purpose’ - was informed by recommendations from our research partner (Montclair State University) who conducted a pilot study into programme effectiveness in 2014/15.
During the lifetime of our work we have collected a significant amount of testimony from both pupils and teachers and this has indicated a transformational effect on those who take part. So with this in mind, there were three aims that really captured my attention during John Swinney’s Key Note:
1. Developing Scotland's Young Workforce: “Our duty to work with every young person in Scotland to find the best outcome we possibly can and link every young person with their future.”
“From taking part in this project I have learned more about myself and what I really want from life. This has helped me realise what I really want to achieve and given me motivation to reach those goals. It makes me think about who I am and what I am.” Jordan Smith, S1, Ross High School
2. The Attainment Challenge: “Support and enable every young person to achieve their potential.”
“Inspiring Purpose has become a huge part of our curriculum. It is an invaluable educational tool. It encourages pupils to reflect on their own skills and qualities and every pupil that has completed the project has gained in self-confidence through being encouraged to think more about their future and the impact they can have on the world.” Joseph Casey, Teacher, The Good Shepherd Secure Centre
3. “The most precious element of education is the interaction between the teacher and the pupil.”
“Teachers reported they learned about aspects of their pupils they hadn't known before engaging in Inspiring Purpose. The program provided an opportunity for teachers to get to know their pupils in a way they can't usually with the regular curriculum.” Dr Jennifer Brown Urban, Associate Professor, Montclair State University - Department of Family and Child Studies
John Swinney said that it is our duty to work with every young person in Scotland to find the best outcome we possibly can and equip them to fulfil their potential and we are here to help. Our ‘Inspiring Purpose’ programme can support pupil learning, raise their ambitions and help create conditions for success and well-being through the cultivation of a growth mind-set.
The programme is free for all schools in Scotland, so why not apply today? www.inspiringpurpose.org.uk/apply