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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

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Presidents Day – learning from the ‘Greats’

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February is an important month in terms of reflection on past American Politicians.

‘President’s Day’ is on February 15 this year and we celebrate the birth of George Washington

who was born February 22, 1732.

Presidents’ Day, is a federal holiday observed in the USA in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The holiday also recognizes Abraham Lincoln and other American presidents.

  •  Can you imagine what George Washington would have said if he was interviewed about his achievements?
  • Would you like to have met Abraham Lincoln and had a discussion about his life and career?
  • What do you really know about America’s past leaders?

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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. 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. Discover what inspired him and get to know his great story.

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ABRAHAM LINCOLN was arguably one of the most influential of all the American Presidents, who played a crucial role in the abolition of slavery. His inspiring life story has been explored in many ways, but you can now gain a very personal insight via these audio stories.


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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is perhaps the most famous of all the Founding Fathers. His great story comes to life as you travel with him from his early years, as part of a large family, to his time at the printing company with his brother James. This ultimately resulted in his journey to England and France, a turn of events that would define the rest of his life. His inspirational story is unfurled in this audio story.


Fill in the blanks:

George Washington was born on February 22 in _______ (year) He was born in _________ . George went to live with his _________ after his father died. George Washington took the oath as President of the USA on ____________________ (day, month, year).

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12 in _______ . In October 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared that ________________ will be a National Holiday. On March 4, 1860, Lincoln gave one of the most important speeches of his life called _________________.

Benjamin Franklin was the ________ (number) President of the USA. He was born on January 17, in _______ . He left school when he was _____(age). With his brother, Benjamin opened a ________________ shop. Benjamin Franklin invented _______________.


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What is a BioView®? BioViews® are short biographical stories, similar to interviews. These unique stories provide an easy way of learning about amazing people who made major contributions and changed our world. Created by Dr Charles Margerison, these unique BioView® stories, allow you to experience how incredible people lived, worked and loved. There are some stand-out Presidents in American History. From the first President George Washington, to Lincoln, Jefferson and Franklin, these influential characters helped shape the nation we know today.

If you would like to learn more about other amazing politicians, then travel through time and meet them at Amazing People Library.

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It is as if these amazing people have come back and given an account of their life, explaining their major challenges and achievements in the context of their family life and society.

At Amazing People Worldwide, we aim to provide stories that will not only educate, but will also inspire and entertain. We hope that these great tales of achievement despite challenges and set backs, will help you achieve your ambitions in your journey through life.

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

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  • Unique suite of professional development resources  supporting action learning.
  • Provides problem-solving, communication and leadership skills.
  • Innovative and powerful.
  • Resources that can be used over and over on work projects.
  • Highlighting core skills models, support tools, interactive project notes.
  • Learners can log and track progress and revisit resource easily.
  • 12 months access to a variety of support services, featuring videos, articles and valuable advice on how to get the most from these unique learning tools. 
  • Can be adopted on an individual or team basis.
  • Effective, interactive approach to professional career development.

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

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.

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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Wanted! Pilot School for this amazing Oz Musical!

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‘Heroes of the Great Southern Land’ 

‘Heroes of the Great Southern Land’ is designed for students aged 10 – 16 and forms part of the Amazing Schools Program. As we prepare to launch into Australian schools, the education team is keen to gather feedback and insights into how this unique way of learning improves student engagement and understanding. The series of short music scenes provides a way for students, from all cultures, to learn in engaging ways through dramatic classroom or theatre productions, about the issues that both the settlers and the native people faced.Gov Arthur Phillip
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‘Heroes of the Great Southern Land’ is the title that refers to all those involved, and who came from very different cultures. They were indeed all heroes. This production re-lives the incredible voyage of the first settlers, their outstanding achievements, and the impact it had on Aboriginal tribes who lived in the areas named Botany Bay and Sydney Cove. The lyrics and music reflect the stories of both groups, and their survival against the odds.

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 What are the benefits and features?

  1. Focuses on the raising of student aspirations, through inspirational story sharing, and cross-curricular learning.
  2. Offers an engaging way for students to learn about culture, history geographical exploration, and environmental issues.
  3. Develops drama and communication skills, with a fascinating theme, and sing-a-long melodies.
  4. Explores the lives of the sailors, the marines, the settlers, the government officials, the convicts, and the aboriginal people.
  5. Features thirteen short format scenes that can be broken down to form separate class lessons or assembly presentations.
  6. Includes guided music tracks, backing tracks, scripts and staging recommendations.
  7. Schools can enter drama championships as part of the exercise.

Just imagine …..
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On May 13th 1787, over 1400 people set forth in eleven old sailing boats from Portsmouth, England, to a place called New South Wales.

About half the people were adjudged to be convicts.  They were at sea for 260 days before they finally disembarked, to set up a penal colony in what is now Sydney, Australia. Upon arrival, there were no homes, or shops, or facilities to cater for over 1400 people. The Aboriginal tribes-people, who had lived there for thousands of years, stood on the cliff tops and watched, no doubt, with surprise and trepidation.S - Pemulwy - for Sydney. Natives and boat


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In addition to the musical productions, there is an extensive range of inspiring resources available that includes eBook and audio digital library stories, learning tool kits, Proactive Thinking Skills courses, and access to a story exchange network.  All of these are available to schools willing to embrace the ‘Amazing People’ ethos.

Check out the following samplers : 

Would you like your school to be part of this great cultural production? 

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We would love to hear from you if you would like to stage this fascinating musical play.

If you are interested in participating or would like to be a pilot school, please contact marion@amazingpeopleworldwide.com.  Tel +61 405829199

Authored by Dr Charles Margerison, (previously Professor of Management at Queensland University), with music by Bignote Music Productions in Queensland.

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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  ..….

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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.

Amazing Case Study

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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Amazing People Education – Dr Jonas Salk, what is the vaccine he discovered?

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Activity for Teachers, Parents and Students –

“To find the enemy discover where it lives

When attacking the enemy look at how it behaves

To  destroy the enemy, analyze how it breeds

In my case, the enemy was xxxxx?”

– Dr Jonas Salk

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Dr Jonas Salk first inoculated a boy with the vaccine to stop ‘this enemy in its tracks’ on April 12, 1955.

WHAT WAS THE ENEMY?

salkMeet Jonas Salk and find out how important his research and work were for all of us world-wide.

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  1. What disease did he research and discover a vital cure for?
  2. What year did Jonas graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree from The City College of
    New York?
  3. What research did he first undertake with Dr Thomas Francis Jr?
  4. Fill in the word – Jonas was named ‘American Xxxxxxxx of the Year ‘in 1976?
  5. In what year was ‘this disease’ eradicated in the U.S.?
  • Some had to live their days in an iron lung, in order to breathe
  • Outbreaks reached pandemic proportions between 1900 and 1960

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The development of this vaccine by Jonas Salk was a huge breakthrough for medicine.  Born in New York City to Jewish parents, Jonas studied medicine before deciding on a career in medical research.  Be inspired by his tireless efforts to find this crucial vaccine.  Experience how he took huge yet vital risks, even with his own family’s health, to achieve his extraordinary results.

libraryWho are some of the other dedicated Scientists who, like Jonas Salk, contributed to scientific discoveries? Charles Darwin, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Linus Pauling, Einstein, Curie, Faraday, Newton, Tesla and Louis Pasteur, just to name a few. Students can learn more about these wonderful individuals and reflect upon their contribution to science and medicine though our Amazing People Library.

learning 22AMAZING PEOPLE LEARNING – Discover 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. The resources can be adopted on an individual or team basis. They offer an effective, interactive approach to professional career development.

charlesCreated 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.

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.

toolkitAMAZING PEOPLE TOOLKIT – Amazing 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.

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

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