Pete Read, CEO & Co-founder
Persona Life Skills
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Why did you create this innovation?
Even before COVID-19, wellbeing among UK teenagers fell by over 20% from age 10 to 16. This pattern is repeated worldwide, especially in Asia and the Middle East. This results in less agency, poorer academic attainment and lower employability. We developed the Persona Life Skills online learning platform to help schools reverse this disturbing trend, using a unique personality insights approach.
How does your innovation work in practice?
There is a proven causal link between developing social-emotional skills such as communication skills, problem solving and resilience, and improved wellbeing. And social-emotional learning is accelerated and deepened when approached from a personality insights perspective.
Persona Life Skills takes this idea one step further by guiding students to apply their personality insights to their interactions with others. Students learn life skills that help to boost wellbeing in three contexts: 1. Social; 2. Learning; 3. Work.
Our scaffolded curriculum complements existing Personal Development, PSHE, RSE, SEL and Life Skills curricula. The platform has over 20 teacher-facilitated modules, and over 60 self-directed learning modules, for the classroom or blended learning.
91% of our students report they learnt how to improve the targeted life skills in the modules they took.
Teachers rate the platform 4.3 out of 5 on EdTech Impact (https://edtechimpact.com/products/persona-life-skills)
How has it been spreading?
We completed two grant projects with the UK R&D agency Innovate UK in 2020/21, to develop our personality insights algorithm and UX, specially designed for young people.
The MVP was tested with schools in the UK, Spain and Malaysia, and we launched a freemium version in Jul-21.
252 schools in 29 countries have registered to use the platform with 63,000 students, as of May-22.
Persona Life Skills was a top 10 Edtech finalist in the 2021 Super Connect for Good competition, and a 2021 GESAwards finalist (New Age Learners track).
We are a Skills Builder Impact Partner and a member of the Google Cloud for Startups program.
Press coverage in BESA, Education Technology, FE News, The Times, Teach Middle East, Wellbeing in International Schools, Education Business and The Educator.
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Register for a free teacher/school account at https://persona.education/register. After registering, you can access the platform to look around and use the free version with your students and colleagues for as long as you like. You will also receive a link to a pre-populated demo site to see how it works in practice.