Inspirational EA Delivers Staff CPD Session

On Monday 4th September, to kick off the new term and invigorate staff members at Framingham Earl High School, their Enterprise Adviser Elliot Symonds, delivered a complementary, high energy ‘Insights Discovery’ workshop, based on the practices of Carl Jung and Jolande Jacobi. Elliot, is a trainer and coach for Jarrold Training in Norwich as well as Business Development Manager, so is ideally placed as an Enterprise Adviser for the school.

The workshop was designed to enhance the staff’s personal awareness about the way they work and their approach to everyday situations. Along with this, it aimed to give them a deeper insight into the preferences of other team members and colleagues, equipping them with effective communication skills and management strategies to get the best out of every interaction. The first activity saw staff given 4 cards with unique personality attributes and linked to one of four colours. Each staff member had to present other members of staff with a card they thought thoroughly described that person. After that exercise which outlined how individuals might be perceived, staff were asked to complete a ‘stepping exercise’. With a packed hall, staff were given various couplets of personality preferences and asked to step based on their own personal view. Right towards more extroverted ‘attitudes’ and left for introversion, then forward for a ‘thinking function’ and backwards for a ‘feeling function’. After lots of stepping sideways, backwards and forward in response to the various personal attributes listed, staff were placed in four colour groups depicting their personality preference.

Headteacher, Nicola Furneaux said “What a brilliant way to start the school year! This session gave us plenty to think about, particularly regarding how we get the best out of each other. We seem to be a very colourful staff – with a great balance of approaches and styles. Thank-you to Elliot, for giving us such a high-energy session.”

Elliot Symonds said “It was an absolute pleasure to work with such a dedicated group of professionals during their staff training day. Having about sixty members of staff and running these exercises was incredibly powerful as the personality preferences became clearly represented within the Assembly Hall.’

Jarrold Training is a division of Jarrold & Sons Ltd, which has interests in Training, Retail, Property and Facilities Management. Founded in Suffolk in 1770 and with headquarters in St James Mill in the centre of Norwich, Jarrold is one of the longest established businesses in the UK. From early beginnings as a training service for the Apple Mac dealership, Jarrold Training has grown into one of the leading Business Training & Development providers, working with 100’s of private, public and voluntary sector organisation throughout East Anglia and the UK. For over 30 years they have been providing effective business training across a full portfolio of Leadership & Management, IT, Business Skills, Project Management and Health & Safety. They offer both public scheduled courses and in-company programmes, tailored to our clients’ needs. For further information click here

The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network has been up and running in Norfolk and Suffolk for over a year now and has over 70 active matches. We have already seen positive, short term outcomes such as increased business contacts for the schools, stronger support of and attendance at careers fairs from the local business community and strategic feedback from Enterprise Advisers on past events, so they can be developed and strengthened going forward. To find out more about the project and how you can get involved click here

Framingham Earl High School is a secondary school located in Framingham Earl in the English county of Norfolk to the south of Norwich. The school enrols pupils aged 11 – 16. For further information click here