Engaged kids are happy kids...
By Victoria Bird
We already know that engagement is key to outstanding performance at work.
Now Gallup, who have studied engagement at work, have begun to turn their attention to engagement in education, to try and figure out what makes children happy and hopeful at school.
Studies show that engagement has a profound impact on children’s success too.
In Gallup’s 2016 student poll, they discovered that engaged students are 2.5 x more likely to say they get excellent grades, 2.5 x more likely to strongly agree that they do well in school and 4.5 x more likely to be hopeful, than their actively disengaged peers. What’s more, engagement and hope are linked to plans after school, such as attending college or starting a business.
We know engagement is boosted considerably when people are given the opportunity to play to their strengths.
In their 2013 report, “State of the American Manager”, Gallup reported that “employees who use their strengths every day are six times more likely to be engaged at work”.
So, what if we could transfer our understanding of strengths-based learning from the workplace to the classroom?
Helping students to identify and understand their strengths not only shows them how they might learn most effectively, but offers them a shorthand – a professional language to take forward into the world of further education and work.
Belbin GetSet explores strengths and latent talents in a safe, positive framework.
GetSet, Belbin’s Report for 14-19-year-olds enables students get to grips with different ways of working, learning and communicating with others, exploring what works for them and trying out different styles as they learn and grow.
Personalised advice and guidance is set in a workbook which allows the student to analyse the results, draw on related experiences to illuminate the findings.
Observer Assessments (peer feedback) can help to identify hidden strengths and give students a language to talk about their unique contribution.
The Report also includes tips on articulating preferred working styles, promoting strengths at interview and composing a personal statement which reflects the student’s talents and abilities.
Belbin GetSet is ideal for students and young people who are discovering what their futures have to offer. Please get in touch with the GetSet team to find out how it can help you.
Belbin GetSet is a 15-minute questionnaire culminating in a workbook full of personalised advice and guidance for young people aged between 14 and 19. It helps them identify their strengths, project them in a positive way and manage their weaknesses effectively.
The Belbin GetSet programme also offers a variety of free resources such as lesson plans and 45-minute soft-skills modules. Please contact us for further information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 264975.