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4th of July – ‘We The People’ – Engaging Activities

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Celebrate 4th July!

We the People

franklin 1 - CopyBenjamin Franklin, one of the leaders of the American Revolution said, “We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

He lived to tell the story of the famous victory over the British Army of King George III and the formation of the USA Government in 1789. Now, school students can recreate those exciting times with innovative music and drama resources from Amazing People Worldwide.

‘We The People’ is based on the first words of the American Constitution.  Those words are the defining anthem song featured and reflects the spirit of the revolutionaries, who changed the course of history.

This video link, ‘We the People’, is an excerpt from an educational video series that we have produced.Play demo button

The video assists teachers and students to have a more personal engagement and understanding of the important principles about the USA and Amazing Americans. They can be used in various ways, including school assemblies, drama classes, history and also character and culture education.  (We also have the Australian First Fleet and the British Cavaliers and Roundheads – covering other cultures and parts of the curriculum).
washingtonIn 1765, a group called The Sons of Liberty formed and opposed British rule without fair representation. It was the start of the American Revolution and the battles that led to the formation of a democratic federation.

Twenty four years later, George Washington, who had commanded the revolutionary army, became the first President of the USA.
Students learn by participating. In doing so, they develop a better understanding of history, geography, culture and conflict. Most important, they learn about themselves and grow in confidence.

‘We The People’ is an opportunity for students to develop their own abilities through drama.

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Famous and Inspirational Americans

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edisonThomas Edison was a great American inventor, scientist and businessman and the third most prolific inventor in history.

lincoln-AbeAbraham Lincoln was a man who stood up for his beliefs and deserves credit for setting the foundations for unifying diverse states into a country.

fordIt is interesting to see how people like Henry Ford also developed their careers. He came from a poor family background to be one of the most successful American businessmen of all time.
tubmanLife stories such as that of brave people like Harriet Tubman a slave, are fascinating. How did she overcome those early, harsh days? They may be the exceptions, but America does have a habit of producing people who stand out.

On Independence Day, we remember and appreciate these wonderful Americans. They came from all walks of life, but they had the same drive and belief that they could achieve their dreams. Their dreams made a difference to the whole nation. From Colonial Men and Women, Politicians, Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Doctors, their stories are the foundation of America and you can bring them into your classroom.
July 4 Class Activities:

Read this engaging article by Dr Charles Margerison as he ‘interviews Amazing Americans’.

Watch our engaging video, ‘We The People’.

Questions – 

  • Who was the first President of the United States? (a) Abraham Lincoln, (b) Thomas Jefferson (c) George Washington.
  • Who is considered the author of the Declaration of Independence?  (a) John Adams, (b) Thomas Jefferson (c) George Washington.
  • Did George Washington sign the Declaration of Independence?
  • Thomas Edison had a health issue/defect. What was it?
  • What was the secret network called used by Harriet Tubman to free slaves?
  • Fordism’ was named after Henry Ford. What does it mean?

AMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKIT – From podcasts to role-play, from hot-seating to balloon debates, these are the types of resources that lend themselves brilliantly to active engagement strategies. What resources can we use to ‘jump start’ lessons and provide more involvement from students? Finding valuable resources from live classroom case studies to activities and plenaries, provides us with even more inspiration for educational strategies that captivate and encourage action learning.

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Amazing People Worldwide is home to the world’s largest collection of inspirational stories and biographies about amazing people, from Walt Disney, to Marie Curie, and Shakespeare to Helen Keller. The stories are available across a range of multimedia formats, including eBook, audio, video and print, and sell globally to schools, libraries, lifelong learners and businesses. Each story is relayed from the first person perspective, relating in a very personal way, what motivated and influenced these amazing individuals. Featuring historical celebrities as well as lesser-known names, this extensive collection offers unique insights into how amazing people converted their opportunities into achievements, and can inspire people to achieve their own ambitions in life.Logo Square

Charles globeDr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Educational Psychologist. As well as working in educational institutions for many years, he has consulted widely for major corporations in the fields of organizational and educational psychology. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia. He founded Amazing People Worldwide in 2006 and is supported by a dedicated global team. In addition, he co-founded Emerald Insights, and Team Management Systems. The author of numerous books, Dr Margerison is a member of the Royal Institution and the Royal Society of Literature.

We welcome any thoughts or feedback from teachers and students.

For more information see Amazing People Worldwide or for further enquiries please contact us by email.

The First President of the United States

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George Washington grew up in the English colony of Virginia. He was tall and strong and respected by his friends and colleagues as a good leader.

We invite you to celebrate the birthday of the First President of the United States.

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Discover what inspired George Washington and get to know his great story.  As he grew older, George saw how England took advantage of the American colonies and he didn’t like it. When the colonies declared their independence, George was chosen to lead their army as its general. When the colonies finally won their freedom, George was elected to lead the great new nation as its First President, taking his oath in Federal Hall on Wall Street on April 30, 1789.

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Discover our many resources. Change the way you teach and the way we learn!

AMAZING PEOPLE LEARNINGThis unique suite of professional development resources  support action learning through Amazing People Learning. These provide problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that can be applied in innovative and powerful ways. 

Find the tools and learn how you can become one of those amazing successful stories!

  • Work and school projects.
  • Core skills models.
  • Interactive project notes.
  • Log in, track and revisit to see you progress.
  • Access to a variety of support services such as video, articles and valuable advice.
  • Individual or team basis.
  • Effective, interactive approach to professional career development.
  • Created by innovative business leader and psychologist, Dr Charles Margerison, this approach has been implemented at companies around the world including Shell, ExxonMobil, ICI, HSBC and Hewlett Packard. “Inspiring, Motivating and Enabling”, these resources deliver results and help individuals and organizations to function more powerfully. 

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 AMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKITAmazing People Education is brought to you by Amazing People Worldwide – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students, teachers and librarians worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free AMAZING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TOOLKIT.


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AMAZING PEOPLE LIBRARYEngaging and educational digital eBooks and Audios for schools and librarians. They include hundreds of inspirational life stories about the world’s most amazing people. The biographical interviews, known as BioViews®, are written in the first person and give a very personal perspective on what motivated and influenced amazing people. The stories have been developed and created by educational psychologist and business guru, Dr Charles Margerison. Each one is meticulously researched and based on historic facts.


 

 

 

Amazing People Worldwide is home to the world’s largest collection of inspirational stories and biographies about amazing people, from Walt Disney, to Marie Curie, and Shakespeare to Helen Keller. The stories are available across a range of multimedia formats, including eBook, audio, video and print, and sell globally to schools, libraries, lifelong learners and businesses. Each story is relayed from the first person perspective, relating in a very personal way, what motivated and influenced these amazing individuals. Featuring historical celebrities as well as lesser-known names, this extensive collection offers unique insights into how amazing people converted their opportunities into achievements, and can inspire people to achieve their own ambitions in life.logo drop shadow

For more information see Amazing People Worldwide or for further enquiries please  contact us by email.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing People Education: Are you thinking of becoming a Doctor? Women with can-do attitudes!

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Elizabeth Blackwell was born on February 3, 1821.

Doctor, reformer, educator!

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She paved the way for women in medicine. 

Despite many rejections and criticisms, Elizabeth Blackwell persevered and went on to become one of the greatest pioneers in the development of health care for women.  She trained many female doctors along the way and her story is so inspirational.

It is accepted now that females may decide to study to become a doctor.

  • Can you imagine, the prestige bestowed upon Elizabeth when she became the FIRST woman to receive a medical degree in the USA?
  • Then to be named the FIRST female to be registered as a doctor in the UK?

It was no simple feat. Certainly, her work led her to be admired and revered. Elizabeth_blackwell_stamp

“Who inspires you?”  Perhaps Elizabeth Blackwell will inspire you in whatever you choose to do. We often lean towards people who have achieved their goals, particularly if they had to ‘climb over’obstacles in their way.

So, if you are interested in studying to become a doctor, here’s a ‘must-read’ story.

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To know and appreciate the background of women in medicine, gives you an insight into the difficulties they had to achieve their goals. Yes, many of us work and study hard today, but we have many pioneers to thank for the research and discoveries that we, at times, may take for granted.

We need YOU now, to forge forward developing new techniques and methods and possible new discoveries – as we know, there is always something to learn. YOU are now the ‘Elizabeth Blackwell’s’ of the future. Meet Elizabeth and let her be your guide to success.


QUESTIONS:

  1. Where was Elizabeth born?
  2. What was the name of the college that accepted her application to study to become a doctor?
  3. When she graduated, no-one would hire Elizabeth. Where did she go to practice medicine?
  4. When and where did she open her first practice?

Discover our many resources. Change the way you teach and the way we learn! 

AMAZING PEOPLE LEARNINGThis unique suite of professional development resources support action learning through Amazing People Learning. These provide problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that can be applied in innovative and powerful ways.

 careers learning talentAmazing People Learning offers resources that can be used over and over on work projects. As well as the core skills models, support tools such as interactive project notes are also included. These enable learners to log and track progress, and revisit the resource easily. In addition, users have 12 months access to a variety of support services, which feature video, articles and valuable advice on how to get the most from these unique learning tools.

The resources can be adopted on an individual or team basis. They offer an effective, interactive approach to professional career
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Dr Charles Margerison, this approach has been implemented at companies around the world including Shell, ExxonMobil, ICI, HSBC and Hewlett Packard. “Inspiring, Motivating and Enabling”, these resources deliver results and help individuals and organizations to function more powerfully.

toolkitAMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKITAmazing People Education is brought to you by Amazing People Worldwide – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students, teachers and librarians worldwide.

To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free AMAZING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TOOLKIT.

AMAZING PEOPLE LIBRARYEngaging and educational digital eBooks and Audios for schools and librarians.  Library - CopyThey include hundreds of inspirational life stories about the world’s most amazing people. The biographical interviews, known as BioViews®, are written in the first person and give a very personal perspective on what motivated and influenced amazing people. The stories have been developed and created by educational psychologist and business guru, Dr Charles Margerison. Each one is meticulously researched and based on historic facts.

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Amazing People Worldwide is home to the world’s largest collection of inspirational stories and biographies about amazing people, from Walt Disney, to Marie Curie, and Shakespeare to Helen Keller. The stories are available across a range of multimedia formats, including eBook, audio, video and print, and sell globally to schools, libraries, lifelong learners and businesses. Each story is relayed from the first person perspective, relating in a very personal way, what motivated and influenced these amazing individuals. Featuring historical celebrities as well as lesser-known names, this extensive collection offers unique insights into how amazing people converted their opportunities into achievements, and can inspire people to achieve their own ambitions in life.

For more information see Amazing People Worldwide or for further – please  contact us by email.

Birthday of a humble peasant teenager who became a Saint!

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  • Can you imagine, as a teenager, confronting a royal leader, let alone leading soldiers into battle?
  • What would the young people of today do when confronted with such unimaginable decisions?

Joan of Arc was born on January 6 around the year 1412. Only a teenager, when she led French armies into battle during the Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc (or Jeanne d’Arc), became a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic Saint.  Born a peasant girl with little education, ‘The Maid of Orleans’, persuaded the King and army leaders that there was a way to beat the English army, all based on a vision from God. She will long be cherished, as one of the most revered females in history.

On May 16, 1920, Joan of Arc was canonized a Saint. France celebrates this fearless girl with a festival in May each year and May 30th is her Feast Day.

Joan of ArcWe invite you to share this incredible, brave and fearless story from our on-line library about Joan of Arc as an inspiration to others. If your belief is strong, you will find the courage to take on the challenges that life puts before you. If we can learn from the amazing people who bravely gave up so much and fought for what they believed in, maybe we can inspire others to try that little bit more or work that little bit harder.

  • In business and the career sector, what can we learn from such courage?
  • How can we utilize these inspirational stories in the workplace and in schools?
  • What leadership skills are required to lead your team to success?

Managers, leaders, teachers and even parents – what can you do to enhance your leadership qualities?

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Dr Charles Margerison highlights points regarding leadership skills.  

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We can learn a lot from the achievements of amazing people; not only in the areas for which they are acclaimed, but in the way they lived their lives. Their selfless approach to life and the many people they assisted is encouragement for all of us in times of doubt and hardship.


AMAZING PEOPLE LEARNINGDiscover a unique suite of professional development resources that support action learning through Amazing People Learning. These provide problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that can be applied in innovative and powerful ways.

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Amazing People Learning offers resources that can be used over and over on work projects. As well as the core skills models, support tools such as interactive project notes are also included. These enable learners to log and track progress, and revisit the resource easily. In addition, users have 12 months access to a variety of support services, which feature video, articles and valuable advice on how to get the most from these unique learning tools.  

charlesThe resources can be adopted on an individual or team basis. They offer an effective, interactive approach to professional career development. Created by innovative business leader and psychologist, Dr Charles Margerison, this approach has been implemented at companies around the world including Shell, ExxonMobil, ICI, HSBC and Hewlett Packard. “Inspiring, Motivating and Enabling”, these resources deliver results and help individuals and organizations to function more powerfully. toolkit

AMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKITAmazing People Education is brought to you by Amazing People Worldwide – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students, teachers and librarians worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free AMAZING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TOOLKIT.

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AMAZING PEOPLE LIBRARYEngaging and educational digital eBooks and Audios for schools and librarians. They include hundreds of inspirational life stories about the world’s most amazing people. The biographical interviews, known as BioViews®, are written in the first person and give a very personal perspective on what motivated and influenced amazing people. The stories have been developed and created by educational psychologist and business guru, Dr Charles Margerison. Each one is meticulously researched and based on historic facts.

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AMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKITAmazing People Education is brought to you by Amazing People Worldwide – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students, teachers and librarians worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free AMAZING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TOOLKIT.

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For more information see Amazing People Worldwide or for further enquiries please contact us by email.

 

Education Around the World

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What are the education statistics from around the world? What regions have the highest college graduations? Do teachers around the globe share similar teaching ideals?

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Education methods and standards, including results, vary around the world. However, one essential ingredient is CRITICAL THINKING and ACTION LEARNING. 

Most teachers see learning as a process where students are given the opportunity to actively engage in the classroom, rather than become passive recipients of information. Teachers realize that they need to encourage students to make their own inquiry, thereby supporting the importance of independent, critical thinking.

Welcome to Amazing People Learning. Teachers and facilitators can discover a unique suite of professional development resources that support ACTION LEARNING.  These resources enable learners to develop problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that can contribute to organizations working more effectively.

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Allowing students to practice tasks that require critical thinking or team work, will give them the skills and the confidence they need to enter the work force. These factors are essential in success in this highly competitive world. Classrooms with a positive atmosphere, where active teaching practices are developed, mean more students are fully engaged in the learning process.

What are the easy and the difficult parts of teaching? Some say, given the various face to face teaching requirements, that finding time to prepare is a major difficulty. Others say it is ensuring the control and management of the class. However, one topic comes up regularly. That is, what should one do in the first five minutes of a class? 

‘The atmosphere and tone is set in the first five minutes.’ The students will be either turning on and becoming interested, or turning off and not concentrating. It is in the first five minutes of a class that a teacher sets the agenda and gains the involvement of students. It is necessary to provide a focus point to capture their attention.

Amazing People Worldwide has been working with schools in the UK, US and Australia over the past five years. Our mission is to raise student aspirations across our schools network through amazing people stories and associated cross-curricular learning. The Schools Resource Pack includes:

Support for this approach has been overwhelmingly positive. Teachers and students tell us over and over again, how the stories of people make study and learning easier AND more engaging.

Do you want to become an AMAZING PEOPLE SCHOOL?

Introducing An Inspirational School Program that will help to:

  • raise student aspirations
  • drive engagement in school-taught subjects and topics
  • support programming around inspiration and role models
  • facilitate cross-curricular learning

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Author Note – Dr Charles Margerison is a Chartered Psychologist. He was previously Professor of Management at Cranfield University, UK and the University of Queensland, Australia. The author of more than 30 books, he has developed Amazing People Library, an online subscription service for libraries that encourages inspirational learning.  He has also developed the web-based Amazing People Skills facility, which provides access to the Margerison Communication and Problem Solving Model and Resources.

For more information see Amazing People Worldwide or for further enquiries please  contact us with your email details.

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Amazing People Education – Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill was born on November 30.

As we remember this enigmatic leader on his birthday, we wonder just how much we know about him?

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He was Prime Minister of Britain not once, but twice.

On July 16, 1945, after being defeated in the elections the previous day, Winston Churchill resigned as Prime Minister of Britain. However, he was to become Prime Minister again.

Remembered by many, as one of the greatest British leaders of the 20th Century, Winston Churchill had an inherent drive to achieve his highest potential throughout his life. In this fascinating title, get an insight into the extraordinary life of the man who held the post of Prime Minister of Britain. He had a great thirst for adventure which led him to pursue journalistic travels, where he penned great writings. He also had a keen interest in art and used it as his saviour for when he experienced some of his darker and depressed moments, which he described as ‘the black dog’.

Experience his amazing story through this biographical interview, known as a BioView®. Written in the first person, it is as if Winston Churchill is telling you his very personal perspective on what motivated and influenced him.

ChurchillHere’s a quick test about milestones in the life of Winston Churchill ….. how many can you answer?

  1. In what year was he born?
  2. When did he first become Prime Minister?
  3. What year was he knighted and by whom?
  4. He won a Nobel prize – what for and in what year?
  5. What date and year did he die?

AMAZING PEOPLE LEARNINGDiscover a unique suite of professional development resources that support action learning through Amazing People Learning. These provide problem-solving, communication and leadership skills that can be applied in innovative and powerful ways.

careers learning talentAmazing People Learning offers resources that can be used over and over on work projects. As well as the core skills models, support tools such as interactive project notes are also included. These enable learners to log and track progress, and revisit the resource easily. In addition, users have 12 months access to a variety of support services, which feature video, articles and valuable advice on how to get the most from these unique learning tools.

charlesThe resources can be adopted on an individual or team basis. They offer an effective, interactive approach to professional career development. Created by innovative business leader and psychologist, Dr Charles Margerison, this approach has been implemented at companies around the world including Shell, ExxonMobil, ICI, HSBC and Hewlett Packard. “Inspiring, Motivating and Enabling”, these resources deliver results and help individuals and organizations to function more powerfully.
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AMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKITAmazing People Education is brought to you by Amazing People Worldwide – an international education publisher that is bringing these sensational resources to students, teachers and librarians worldwide. To explore tips and tricks on classroom edu-tainment using BioViews®, please download our free AMAZING PEOPLE WORLDWIDE TOOLKIT.

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AMAZING PEOPLE LIBRARYEngaging and educational digital eBooks and Audios for schools and librarians. They include hundreds of inspirational life stories about the world’s most amazing people. The biographical interviews, known as BioViews®, are written in the first person and give a very personal perspective on what motivated and influenced amazing people. The stories have been developed and created by educational psychologist and business guru, Dr Charles Margerison. Each one is meticulously researched and based on historic facts.

For more information see Amazing People Worldwide or for further enquiries please  contact us with your email details.

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Who will be tomorrow’s Marie Curie, Alfred Nobel, Harriet Tubman or Abraham Lincoln?

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Introducing An Inspirational School Programme that will help to …..

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The Amazing Story  ..….

Shakespeare - book cover. SThis past summer, Danise Bartlett, Head of Citizenship, was working with a Year 7 English group on William Shakespeare’s much-studied play, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.  The day was hot and the students were distracted. 

Miss Bartlett invited her students to ‘meet’ William Shakespeare in their classroom through Amazing People audio and video life stories.  She nominated a student to step into William’s shoes and the rest of the class interviewed him.  The result?  Engagement went through the roof.  94% of the students involved said that this exciting way of getting into the play, opened up their understanding of it.  100% said that his life story inspired them.

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It is this kind of learning that sits at the core of the Amazing People Schools Programme.  And just like the above story, teachers and students tell us over and over again, how the stories of people, make study and learning easier and more engaging.  In the above example students gave clear indications that this method helped to improve their understanding of Shakespeare as a person, and thereby, they could relate more closely to his great creations.

Amazing People Worldwide is a global organisation that helps individuals to achieve their full potential. It is home to the world’s largest collection of inspirational stories about amazing people including, Walt Disney, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, William Shakespeare, Helen Keller, and many others.

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Amazing People Worldwide has been working with schools in the UK, US and Australia over the past five years. Our mission is to raise student aspirations across our schools network through amazing people stories and associated cross-curricular learning. The Schools Resource Pack includes:

  • A digital ebook and audio library that features hundreds of amazing people stories
  • A learning toolkit developed for teachers, by teachers
  • A Proactive Thinking Skills Resource, developed by educational psychologist
    Dr Charles Margerison
  • Educational musical resources

Support for this approach has been overwhelmingly positive. Teachers and students tell us over and over again, how the stories of people make study and learning easier AND more engaging.

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A group of Year 9 students at Castle Vale School in the UK were able to see the world through a new pair of eyes, when they came face to face with some of the amazing people who changed our world.  Sharing and reliving obstacles that had to be overcome to achieve success, these inspirational stories enabled educators to counteract negative role models for positive ones.

Castle Vale embedded amazing people into the school ethos, with every corridor and display board bursting with inspirational quotes and advice from amazing people throughout history, encouraging students to believe that success is just around the corner.

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AMAZING PEOPLE AT CASTLE VALE SCHOOL (click to view video)

But, what did the students make of the avatars? They were really keen to give their feedback and to help shape the classroom of the future.  Lacey said, ‘the moving face features and accents helped make it more fun and improved my concentration.’ Another student, Kiera, said she had remembered more:  ‘I learnt more because you get told by a first person perspective and you saw what Christopher Columbus’ lifestyle was like, I remembered more than reading a book.’ Kayleigh felt, ‘it was intriguing to watch and see images of what Columbus saw.’

Mabon Ruth Jones, who led the class, felt the ‘resources had worked extremely well, students really engaged with the resource, it brought their learning to life more than a standard textbook.

Get involved!

The programme enables educators to embed amazing people learning resources, stories and content across the school:-

  1. To raise student aspirations
  2. To drive engagement in school-taught subjects and topics
  3. To support programming around inspiration and role models across the whole school
  4. As a cross-curricular teaching tool
  5. As a way to raise the school’s profile and an ethos to drive a vision throughout the school around inspiration, motivation and leadership

The Amazing People Schools Programme is supported by a range of printed, digital and teacher developed resources. It can be made bespoke based on objectives or requirements.

If your school is interested in becoming an Amazing People School, please contact education@amazingpeopleworldwide.com.

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