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Helping children to uncover their strengths to develop confidence, resilience and direction for the future

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The Strengths Movement

There is almost 5 decades of Gallup research that proves that a person's greatest path to a thriving and engaged life happens when they understand their talents and develop these into strengths. 

6 x

as likely to be engaged in their jobs

6 x

as likely to strongly agree that they have the opportunity to do what they do best every day

3 x

as likely to report having an excellent quality of life

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The Strengths Explorer Programme

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Programme highlights

We are currently running a pilot from March to July 2023 to test and refine what the launch version may look like. This initially will be aimed at a full Year 6 class of 10-11 year olds in the North East of England. 

A 5-week programme

Designed to give a teacher all the resources needed to confidently run engaging activities that fit around their lesson plans and busy weeks.

Teacher strengths coaching

The teacher will complete Gallup's CliftonStrengths assessment and receive coaching on their top strengths from a Gallup certified coach.

Uncover each child's strengths

Every child will complete Gallup's Strengths Explorer assessment to discover their top 3 strengths. Activities build not just self-awareness but also who their classmates are, and how their strengths help them.

Measuring impact

We aspire to move each child's perception of themselves. A self esteem survey will be done before and after the programme to measure the changes.

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Our Team

This programme is a collaboration between Inspiration North and Complex Connexions CIC

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Michelle Minnikin

Co-founder - Inspiration North

Michelle is a Chartered Organisational Psychologist and Leadership Coach. She has over 20 years of experience directly linked to recruitment, selection processes, psychometric testing, and leadership development. Michelle loves to solve people problems and knows how to get the best out of humans.

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James Eves

Co-founder - Inspiration North

James is a Gallup certified strengths coach. His career has taken him to 5 countries, 3 continents over 20+ years. From small start-ups to multinational corporations, he has worked within project & people management, sales & account management, within real estate, construction, manufacturing and the training/coaching sectors.

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Shelley Farnham

Complex Connexions CIC Founder

Shelley is an ADHD and Autism parent mentor who enables parents to better understand their ADHD/Autistic young person's behaviour, to create responses that address the difficulties, plus collaboration and connection in the family. Shelley brings 2 decades of experience within SEN support, and tutoring children.

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Want to get involved?

Whether you are a headteacher, governor, teacher, parent, coach or anyone that likes the sound of our programme and would like to help or get involved in some capacity, do get in touch.

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