Bringing Performance Alive in Education

Bringing Performance Alive in Education

For young people making choices about their courses, university or college and career are a major life transition – one that requires careful thought, planning and work. There are probably two questions they will need to ask: –

  • What do I want to do?
  • How do I get there from here

The first question deals with how well they know themselves, their strengths, their desires – their GOALS. The second is about the process of how to get there.

Who Am I?

The more you understand about yourself, the better your decisions will be and the more effectively you will be able to implement those decisions. Knowing your abilities, skills, interests and values are equally as important as having the information about the courses, their availability, entrance requirements etc. As an example these may be some questions one might ask: –

  • Is university the right choice for me? Could I get the skills I need in a more vocational way?
  • Would a gap year give me more confidence?
  • What kind of study environment would get the best out of me?
  • Would a university/college closer to home be more secure?
  • What motivates me to do my best?
  • What are my top three strengths?

Josie Payne met with Dr Helen Wright in 2009 whilst she was Headmistress at St Mary’s Calne to discuss the idea of introducing the Bringing Performance Alive in Education programme to the Lower Sixth. Our aim was to implement it in not only the UK but also in countries around the globe, including Sydney where Dr Wright is now Headmistress at Ascham School. Dr Wright recognised the benefit of introducing the emotional intelligence competencies into career choice. Students could then recognise for themselves the type of people they are; who they might work best with; the environment that will help them achieve their true potential; the industry or vocation that works for their personal values and what they will most enjoy and as such be successful.


A checklist might look like:

  • Do I want to work as part of a group or team, or do I want to work alone?
  • Do I want to work with facts and hard data in a conventional environment or do I want to develop new possibilities?
  • Do I use logical, objective analysis to make decisions, or subjective, person-centred values
  • Do I want to create organisational structure or be spontaneous and adaptable

We at Bruck Payne Associates already work with individuals, teams and organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors. We know that effective future leaders and managers need to understand and accept themselves; that they are clear about their values, strengths and weaknesses. We recommend that this understanding needs to start at the beginning of a career not half way through.