White paper: Guide to Student Personal Development in Secondary Schools and Colleges
Download our popular white paper, a guide to improving Wellbeing, Academic and Employability outcomes for students age 13-24, by unlocking Social-Emotional Skills.
“This white paper is an invaluable resource.”
– Al Kingsley, Chair of Trustees, Hampton Academies Trust, UK
Hit student Personal Development targets
Student wellbeing is at the top of every school’s agenda, and is now a priority for Ofsted, ISI, IB, CBSE and other frameworks.
Persona Life Skills builds student wellbeing and employability by developing 22 social-emotional life skills across six skillsets: 1. Being Realistic; 2. Communication; 3. Open-mindedness; 4. Problem Solving; 5. Resilience; 6. Self-control.
Deliver and monitor Social-Emotional Learning
Help your students navigate their life journey, with our evidence based learning.
Combined psychology and pedagogy informs our personality insights and curriculum, guiding pupils to know themselves, understand others, and adapt to achieve more positive outcomes. Monitor their progress in our dashboard, at whole school, cohort, group or individual levels.
Empower non-specialist PSHE/SEL/SMSC teachers
Any teacher can facilitate the learning with Persona Life Skills, in the classroom, or in blended or remote learning.
Easily accessible on Chromebook, Surface, laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone, our ready-made modules and built-in teacher guidance mean non-specialist teachers are quickly empowered to enable personal development.
Social, practical and memorable personality insights
The ‘Self/Friends’ personality insights framework at its heart makes Persona Life Skills unique.
Designed specially for young people, through Self Insights and Friends Insights the Persona thinking framework helps students understand that everyone has their own mix of personality styles influencing how they think, communicate and behave in different situations – and this can change over time, especially when we are young.
Our technology enhanced curriculum guides students in using the framework – built upon solid behavioural science evidence – to develop social-emotional skills, helping them adapt to life challenges in Social, Learning and Work contexts, boosting their wellbeing and employability.
Causal link between life skills and wellbeing
A review of 17 research studies found a robust causal link between developing life skills and improved social-emotional wellbeing (source: The Centre for Education & Youth).
Social-emotional learning boosts academic results
Analysis of 213 UK schools found those with well-developed social-emotional learning delivered 11% higher standardised achievement test results (source: Public Health England).
Good wellbeing means better job stability
There is one-third less job-hopping, and employment stability is 34% higher, among young people with good levels of wellbeing (source: Gallup).
Join schools and colleges worldwide using Persona Life Skills for student personal development
Seth M.R. Jaipuria Schools (India)
Assistant Vice President - Academics
“Persona’s unique personality insights approach helps individuals to reflect and become better versions of themselves.”
Ansford Academy (UK)
“Persona is central to our commitment to knowing our students as individuals and making sure they have the best experience of school and learning.”
Hampton Academies Trust (UK)
Chair of Trustees
“Tools like Persona (and to be fair, it's unique) empower non-specialist teachers to build student wellbeing and employability.”
The English College in Prague
“I think it is an excellent programme for both students and their tutors. It provides an opportunity for students to learn about themselves and their peers in a non-threatening environment.”
elc International School (Malaysia)
Head of Student Welfare
“The Persona Life Skills programme gave us a new perspective and platform to implement PSHE.”
Derby City Council (UK)
“The Teacher Island gave a very accurate assessment of my Persona. It was very fascinating and quite nuanced. It's a great resource and I'm sure schools will find it useful.”
Clifton College (UK)
Head of PSHE
“Staff and students have enjoyed and benefitted from the platform, and the Persona team have been incredibly supportive.”
Prior Park College (UK)
“You have an algorithm that is very accurate. I look forward to sharing the results with the children.”
Samantha de Senna Fernandes
Teenage wellbeing blogger
“I find Persona very educational and insightful. It is a great platform for everyone to self-reflect, improve and learn new things about themselves and others.”
Stanchester Academy (UK)
“I can see how Persona fits into our existing focus on building student character and would absolutely wish to trial it next term.”
Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust (UK)
“An e-learning approach to life skills would be a lot easier than finding teachers with the ability to deliver it.”
The English College in Prague (Czech Republic)
Student, Year 9
“The best thing about it is you get to know how to deal with life problems.”
Ansford Academy (UK)
“We love the impact Persona is already having in the life of our school community. Just having a shared language we use when talking about our self is a huge step in the right direction. I would recommend more schools take a look!”
Ralph Allen School (UK)
Head of Wellbeing
“If you understand yourself and others better, you’ll be far more productive, in school and in the workplace.”
Vedanta Academy (India)
“In this digital world the students' wellbeing is the priority. As classes are online, it is challenging to motivate students. Persona is a highly appreciated initiative.”
Barton Peveril Sixth Form College (UK)
Student, Year 12
“Persona helps develop skills such as communication through understanding different personalities, and how that applies to both yourself and to others.”
PSHE Solutions (UK)
“Persona allows students not only to enhance their attainment in some traditional measures, but also their self-worth and the 'soft skills' which are crucial to wellbeing, further study and employability.”
Prior Park College (UK)
Student, Year 11
“I really liked the entire interface, and felt the content was very good. I like how there is a whole breadth of content over different topics as well.”
Lewis & Clark High School (US)
English & Psychology Teacher
“Once students have the routine of the website down they can run themselves, allowing teachers to focus on the results of student work.”
Sexey's School (UK)
Director of Boarding
“Persona gives you everything you need to create a PSHE programme that is not only interactive but engaging and insightful.”
Binus School Serpong (Indonesia)
Student, Year 12
“It's a great addition to our personal development program sessions, as it is interactive... One of its advantages is that it focuses on the student's own personality at the individual level.”
Narayana Vidyalayam (Nagpur, India)
Chief Academic Advisor
“An easy, communicative, self focused, non-assessed, interesting, comprehensive and effective way of providing a platform for self directed improvement.”
Eastbury Community School (UK)
Equality & Wellbeing Lead
“The Persona Life Skills resources couldn't come at a better time, in my opinion.”