Personal Growth To Inspire Action

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What is Personal Growth?

Personal Growth is a process in which a person takes notice of their own continual development to reach their fullest potential. 

Just as success looks different for each individual so does personal growth, which can be applied to various aspects and areas of life- academically, socially, professionally and “personally.” 

What personal growth is not: 

  • Personal growth is not perfection nor a destination. 
  • It’s not about being better than everyone else. 
  • Momentary, meaning it only benefits you in the moment 
  • Personal growth is not just about you or for you. 


Self-improvement and Personal Growth is an important part of a pupil’s development as it allows them to develop and understand the skills and discipline for not just school life but as part of every-day contexts. 

Positive Affirmations

When we believe in ourselves, it might seem cliché, but the “sky is the limit” on what you can achieve. Positive statements and affirmations can help a pupil challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and listening to negative thoughts, comments and beliefs that they may have about themselves.  

NOTE: Be aware that these negative thoughts and beliefs may come from personal experiences at home or school. 

When pupils repeat positive affirmations and statements, they start to believe them and make a positive change/outlook on themselves as a result. Use “The Reflection in the Mirror” Video to outline to pupils how to apply positive affirmations as part of personal growth.  

Reminder: Enforce that every pupil’s personal growth is different and is not just a destination. 

Dear, Future Me

This exercise gets your pupils to think about where they will be in the next 5 years? 

When your pupils go through life they will develop, evaluating this development as they learn about personal growth is an important life skill to ensure a positive outlook and mindset. 

Pupils can write a letter to themselves for numerous amount of years time or for the next academic year and seal it. The message to reiterate to your pupils is that now that they have written to their future selves they can work on becoming that person and be excited to open the letter to see how far they have come.   

The Comfort Zone

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Getting out of the comfort zone, where the real growth comes from hard work and sweat…being too comfortable doesn’t help us grow it makes us become stagnant and happy in the comfort zone.  

The same can be said for fear, say goodbye to fear…whether it be the fear of uncertainty, fear of public speaking, or fear of risk, reiterate to your pupils that fears keep you in the same position and prevent you from improving your life. 

Pupils can start by outlining and identifying where their comfort zone is in different aspects of their academic studies, and school life and where there might be room for improvement.

  • For example, A pupil may feel comfortable playing alone in the playground but really wants to improve on making friends…stepping out of this comfort zone little by little can make them feel more confident and improve self-esteem.  

Explore and Challenge

Beyond usual activities, light competition is one of the best ways to grow and aid in self-improvement. Set your pupils challenges that the whole class can get involved in. 

  • This can be something like using Learn with Emile to explore Maths and English and many educational levels within KS1 and KS2.  

Through the process of light competitiveness within the classroom this heightens exploration within students’ mindsets. To keep this on track you and your class can also win their own Emile doll which can be used as an incentive for each pupil to do their best, challenge themselves and explore their knowledge more. 


It is well-known fact that exercise and physical activity can aid in maintaining good behavioural and physical health. Mant children within Key Stages do not get the recommended amount of moderate-vigorous exercise per day (60 mins). 

  • Holding events within the school community like Walk 2 School campaigns, or The Daily Mile have researched results in promoting children’s mood, attention and fitness. 

Blind Spots

Scientifically, blind spots refer to areas our eyes are not capable of seeing. In personal growth terms, blind spots are things about ourselves that we are unaware of. Discovering our blind spots helps us to discover our areas of improvement. 

When trying to highlight your pupils’ blind spots it can be beneficial to use this exercise: 

Try and get your pupils to identify all the things/events/people that trigger your pupils daily-trigger meaning-making them feel annoyed, frustrated or angry. 

  • This represents their blind spots. 
  • Once there are triggers are identified ways to improve them or overcome them with goals. 

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