We have been working with Cardinal Griffin Catholic School, a high school in Staffordshire, to help their students gain self-awareness and ultimately reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond.
With the job market becoming increasingly competitive for young people and universities looking for more than just good grades, it is more important than ever for schools to be providing social and emotional learning alongside the academic curriculum. With this in mind, we have been working with Cardinal Griffin Catholic School, a high school in Staffordshire, to help their students gain self-awareness and ultimately reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond.
Members of Team Thomas, including myself, Naomi Riches, Thomas Sport and Education Consultant and Paralympic gold medallist, ran an activity day for Year 9s at Cardinal Griffin to help them to understand themselves better. The students all completed a Thomas PPA ahead of the day and were assigned coloured netball bibs associated with their behavioural profiles.
Naomi and I challenged the students to use their strengths across four different activities, including 'The Tower of Power', where teams worked together to build the tallest tower with limited tools and an origami duck challenge, which stumped many of the groups! The activities highlighted the students' preferred way of working and helped them to gain an understanding of their communication style and how they can best contribute in a team environment.
Assembling the Tower of Power
Julia Jones, Regional Director for our Central region, commented on the importance of the day for the students involved:
Understanding their strengths and learning to interact with people with different personalities is often just as important in a commercial environment as qualifications and knowledge. This group of students now have a competitive advantage when it comes to job applications.
Julia Jones, Thomas International
Cardinal Griffin Head teacher, Michael Burrowes, recognised the edge that self-awareness gives his students as they progress from school to employment:
The traditional model of advice is fast becoming obsolete, as the world of work becomes more fluid. By focusing on their strengths and the soft skills around positive workplace relationships, the students are more likely to thrive in a working world where they will change career regularly in their lifetimes. We are delighted to be working with Derek, Naomi and the rest of Team Thomas and our students are now much better prepared for making decisions about their future careers.
Michael Burrowes, Cardinal Griffin
The mural created by the students depicting their behavioural style demonstrates the variety of strengths in Cardinal Griffin and gives the school a clear view of the way each student works and how to get the best out of them. We are excited to see the students thrive as they progress through school with a fresh understanding of their strengths and how to use them to achieve their best.
A group of students with Dominance in their profiles add to the mural
Want to equip your students with the tools to reach their potential? We can run a self-awareness day in your school. Call us on 01628 475 366 or email [email protected] to find out more.