Insights

Research and thought pieces from the people at Persona

Insights

Research and thought pieces from the people at Persona

New app content: ‘Social Action’ Island learning module

New app content: ‘Social Action’ Islan...

5-Jun-21
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a new Island learning module, ‘Social Action’, in which students…
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New app content: ‘Managing Homework’ Island learning module

New app content: ‘Managing Homework’ I...

22-May-21
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a new Island learning module, ‘Managing Homework’, in which students…
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Relationships and sex education with a capital “R”

Relationships and sex education with a capital ...

15-May-21
Relationships and sex education should support our young people with the knowledge and life skills for…
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My journey to loving myself – Samantha de Senna Fernandes

My journey to loving myself – Samantha de Senna Fe...

15-May-21
Samantha de Senna Fernandes (16) is our Student Ambassador, helping fellow teenagers understand the benefits…
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New app content: ‘Preparing for Exams’ Island learning module

New app content: ‘Preparing for Exams’...

15-May-21
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a new Island learning module, ‘Preparing for Exams’, in which…
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School student wellbeing: Four things we learned at the Schools & Academies Show

School student wellbeing: Four things we learned a...

5-May-21
There are many passionate people working in the school student wellbeing space, putting children first and…
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New app content: ‘Getting Along With Teachers’ Island learning module

New app content: ‘Getting Along With Teacher...

8-May-21
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a new Island learning module, ‘Getting Along With Teachers’, in…
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New app content: ‘Friends’ Island learning module

New app content: ‘Friends’ Island lear...

23-Apr-21
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a new Island learning module, ‘Friends’, in which students learn…
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New app content: ‘Group Work’ Island learning module

New app content: ‘Group Work’ Island l...

17-Apr-21
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a new Island learning module, ‘Group Work’, in which students…
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New app content: ‘Social Media Chat’ Island learning module

New app content: ‘Social Media Chat’ I...

9-Apr-21
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a new Island learning module, ‘Social media Chat’, in which…
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Catch-up? Wellbeing! Wellbeing! Wellbeing!

Catch-up? Wellbeing! Wellbeing! Wellbeing!

9-Apr-21
Our post-pandemic call for 2020s education should surely be: Wellbeing! Wellbeing! Wellbeing!…
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New app content: ‘The Unexpected’ Island learning module

New app content: ‘The Unexpected’ Isla...

2-Apr-21
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a new Island learning module, ‘The Unexpected’, in which students…
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New app content: Life challenge learning modules

New app content: Life challenge learning modules

26-Mar-21
The Persona Life Skills e-learning platform now includes a growing library of life challenge learning modules…
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School communities – Relationships and the classroom

School communities – Relationships and the classro...

6-Mar-21
Education is relational. Students need to feel emotionally as well as physically safe to…
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New app feature: Student Adaptability

New app feature: Student Adaptability

12-Mar-21
Persona Life Skills e-learning now includes a unique student Adaptability measure designed specifically for teenagers.
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Social-emotional learning can boost academic results by 11%

Social-emotional learning can boost academic resul...

12-Mar-21
Social and emotional competencies have been found to be a more significant determinant of academic attainment…
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Teaching Persona Life Skills remotely

Teaching Persona Life Skills remotely

12-Feb-21
Secondary students benefit from a fun, safe online space to practise and develop much-needed social and…
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Online personality insights to boost wellbeing during lockdown

Online personality insights to boost wellbeing dur...

7-Jan-21
During a Covid-19 lockdown, teenager wellbeing can take a big hit. It’s important to ensure…
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Life skills: The missing link to wellbeing

Life skills: The missing link to wellbeing

5-Jan-21
By Dr Leila Khouja Walker,…
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Social, practical and memorable personality insights

Social, practical and memorable personality insigh...

10-Dec-20
By Pete Read, CEO & Founder The Persona thinking framework Persona’s personality insights…
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Case: Ansford Academy adopts Persona Life Skills

Case: Ansford Academy adopts Persona Life Skills

13-Nov-20
Ansford Academy Headteacher Shonogh Pilgrim with students.   By…
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Personality, relationships and wellbeing

Personality, relationships and wellbeing

21-Aug-20
By Pete Read, CEO & Founder What is wellbeing and why is it important? We…
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How understanding students’ personality and communication styles can inform pedagogy and raise school attainment

How understanding students’ personality and commun...

27-Aug-20
By Dr Leila Khouja Walker, Chief…
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Are schools at risk of losing an important lesson of lockdown – the power of student agency?

Are schools at risk of losing an important lesson ...

27-Aug-20
By Dr Leila Khouja Walker, Chief Product Officer Recent…
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The science behind Persona

A practical and memorable thinking framework

Many personality insight systems have been developed over the years – going back as far as Hippocrates around 400 BC! Many of the most robust systems – including Hippocrates’ – are based on four sets of related characteristics, which influence how we think, communicate and behave.

 

At Persona we believe in keeping things practical and memorable. So our thinking framework is designed specifically for young people and built around four descriptive, positive and memorable styles. These are rooted in large scale empirical research by behavioural scientists, and developed with input from school inspectors, headteachers, pastoral leads and pupils.

 

Our Skillsets and Life Skills

A practical and memorable thinking framework

Personality and communication styles

The four styles are derived from observing two fundamental aspects of human behaviour: Assertiveness and Responsiveness. Combining these gives us a reliable insight into anyone’s unique mix of personality styles at that point in their life. We call this their Persona.

Your Persona is about 50% determined by your genes, and 50% by external factors such as school, friends and experiences. It is very likely to change as you navigate your life journey, especially when you are young. You can also learn to adapt your thinking, communication and behaviour in different situations, leading to improved life skills and wellbeing.

 

Helping young people to develop 22 life skills across six skillsets

Persona’s scaffolded, age appropriate curriculum helps students navigate their life journey, building over 20 skills that map to Ofsted, Independent Schools Inspectorate, IB Learner Profile, Skills Builder, VIA Character, Cambridge iGCSE, Gatsby and other benchmarks.

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A practical and memorable thinking framework

At Persona we believe in the importance of keeping things practical and memorable. So our thinking framework is based on personality and communication styles which are descriptive, positive and rapidly internalised.

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Student data privacy FAQs

We take GDPR and data protection very seriously, so we've come up with a set of FAQs covering the commonly asked questions about student data privacy, when using Persona Life Skills.

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Persona Life Skills web app

Delivered via web at school or FE college, for example in PSHE or tutor groups; accessible by students anywhere.

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Persona’s 22 life skills map to useful benchmarks

In school, developing social-emotional life skills such as active listening, being open-minded and managing stress are key to academic achievement as well as wellbeing.

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Persona Life Skills is our e-learning platform that uses personality insights to help students navigate their life journey, by developing life skills.