Hit Personal Development targets. Boost Wellbeing and Employability while supporting Academic Success.
Persona Life Skills is an engaging Social-Emotional Learning platform boosting Year 9-13/Grade 8-12 (KS3/KS4/KS5) and college students’ wellbeing and employability, while supporting academic success.
The platform has our unique personality insights at its heart, and complements your Personal Development, PSHE, RSE, Citizenship, Life Skills, SMSC, CEIAG, Careers or SEL programme.
Made for age 13-19, our scaffolded, age-appropriate curriculum includes both teacher-led and self-directed learning, and works equally well in lessons or tutor groups, or via blended or remote learning.
Built-in onboarding, intro videos, PDF resources, and contextual guidance in each module empower any non-specialist teacher to start facilitating the learning in less than an hour.
Help young people navigate their life journey.
Research shows – and educators, learners and employers agree – that developing social-emotional life skills boosts wellbeing. And that means more agency, higher academic results, better employability and greater life satisfaction.
Persona Life Skills helps young people navigate their life journey by developing 22 important Life Skills across six Skillsets, mapped to popular frameworks and benchmarks.
What's inside Persona Life Skills?
In their Persona Profile – at the heart of our pedagogy – students (and teachers) discover their Persona Insights personality styles and growth areas, their Persona Community, and their Persona Adaptability assessment. Find out more »
With a Persona Life Skills school/college subscription your students can take over 80 modules and earn certificates, with more than 40 hours of teaching and learning, including:
- 20+ teacher-facilitated ‘life challenge’ modules (45-60 mins). Each module helps students with a social, learning or work context challenge, such as friendships, preparing for exams and leadership. Find out more »
- 66 self-directed learning ‘life skills’ modules (15-20 mins). Each module helps students develop one of 22 social-emotional skills, such as goal-setting, empathy or critical thinking, over three levels: Start, Apply and Challenge. Find out more »
On their homepage, students are guided through an intuitive, scaffolded learning journey built around more than 20 themed Units. Or you can lock/unlock modules for groups or individuals, to create your own learning journey for your students. Find out more »
Step-by-step scaffolded learning
All our modules are structured in the same way, making the teaching and learning experience consistent and familiar.
1. The Map outlines learning objectives.
2. Get Your Bearings recaps prior learning and introduces new concepts.
3. Explore is where students develop new knowledge and skills, and are challenged with real-life scenarios.
4. In the Viewpoint students reflect on their learning, and the positive implications for their wider lives.
5. Finally, students send a Postcard, self-reporting to what extent they learnt how to improve the targeted life skill(s).
Engaging learning built around a scientifically proven framework.
Wrapped in an engaging learning metaphor of exploring an archipelago of islands representing different life challenges, our pedagogy is rooted in behavioural science research. The pedagogy drives the technology, not vice versa.
What makes Persona Life Skills really unique is the ‘Self/Friends’ personality insights framework at its heart, guiding young people to adapt to life challenges, build productive relationships, make informed decisions, and achieve positive outcomes.
Our wellbeing and employability education platform is continually developing, with input from inspectors, headteachers, pastoral leads, careers leads, teachers and learners.
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. So our thinking framework is built around four descriptive, positive and memorable styles. The framework, algorithm and insights are all rooted in large scale empirical research by behavioural scientists, and were developed with UK government R&D grant funding specifically for young people.
Persona personality styles
The four Persona styles are derived from observing two fundamental aspects of human behaviour that affect your thinking, communication and behaviour: Assertiveness (Questions <> Statements) and Responsiveness (People <> Tasks).
Our clever algorithm combines these observations to provide a reliable and detailed insight into anyone’s unique mix of personality styles at that point in their life, in a certain context: Social, Learning or Work. We call this their Persona.
Your Persona is about 50% determined by your genes, and 50% by external factors such as family, school, friends and experiences. It is very likely to change as you navigate your life journey, especially when you are young.
The best part is, you can learn to adapt your thinking, communication and behaviour in different situations, leading to improved social-emotional skills, relationships and decision-making, which in turn boosts wellbeing and employability.
Persona Life Skills intro for parents and students
The Persona Life Skills platform is a unique, personality insights approach to Personal Development, for young people from age 13 up. Boost your wellbeing and employability with life skills, while supporting academic achievement.
Persona Life Skills online platform
Delivered via web at school or college, for example in Personal Development, PSHE, Careers or Tutor sessions; accessible by students anywhere.
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 styles which are descriptive, positive and rapidly internalised.
Young people develop 22 Life Skills across six Skillsets
Persona’s scaffolded, age appropriate curriculum helps students navigate their life journey, building 22 Life Skills that map to Ofsted, ISI, India NEP, Cambridge iGCSE, IB Learner Profile, Gatsby and other benchmarks.
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.
Choose an affordable Teacher package, or an individual Student account for Homeschooling. Or start with a School/College Free Trial for as many students as you like, then upgrade to a Paid Subscription to access all modules and features.