Inspiring Purpose – Global Citizens in the Making is a well established character discovery activity for young people 10-16. We use a special 3-page poster template to engage young people in an educational process that helps young people to define their purpose and their goals which is well aligned with Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland, and works well with SMSC in England. Over the years the poster has proven to enhance their self-knowledge and self-awareness, as well as encouraging them to search for inspiration and define their aspirations for the future. More than 300,000 young people have taken part over the last ten years.

The programme was originally designed to support the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and was part of Legacy 2014. We have now developed a ‘new and improved’ version of the poster which is more generic and can be used in a wider context outside of the Commonwealth Games. We are also working with Gold Coast 2018 and intend to continue to work towards Birmingham 2022.

We ask teachers to submit their five most inspirational pieces of work to us by a set deadline of 3rd May 2019 so that their pupils can have the opportunity to take part in our awards and so that we can showcase and celebrate our inspirational young people.


“In our school we find this programme an incredibly useful tool in helping pupils to reflect honestly on their own character. A task which many find challenging, but it so useful, as self-knowledge is fundamental to any individual’s development. I can wholeheartedly endorse the Inspiring Purpose Poster Programme as encouragement for flagging teachers; reading about how positive, honest and determined our young people is a comfort!”

Moyra De Soyza, (Teacher) St Andrews RC High School

“It has really helped me to learn more about myself in the self-reflection section. I know now what I need to work on being and how I can do that. It let me express myself and share my thoughts.”

Izzy Short, (Pupil) Blairgowrie High School

“The importance of the programme cannot be underestimated in our current climate with all the conflicting pressures and influences at work on the youth of today. At the heart of the values and poster programme is the encouraging and nurturing of our young people to be the best that they can be and to recognise that they themselves have the key to being the change they want to see in the world.”

Carol Gollop, (Teacher) Inverurie Academy

“During this project I have learned a lot about myself and I realised that I connect with J.K. Rowling on a whole new level that I hadn’t even realised. I explored my past and my future when writing this and have seen life from a different persons perspective. I am very glad I took part in this project as it has changed me in some ways I never expected.”

Ayesha Frisby, (Pupil) The Waid Academy


Inspiring Purpose enables pupils to explore their character, ideals and values through a unique poster template using web-based resources. The programme is ideal for 10-16 year olds and can be used with a small group, or an entire year group.

You will find a Teacher Manual to assist with the delivery of the programme available here. This manual is designed to provide you with suggestions for implementing Inspiring Purpose and includes recommended activities for each of the poster sections. It isn’t enough to have pupils complete the sections of the poster on their own without any preparation. It is important to lay the groundwork for pupils to complete the poster. This will include having pupils engage in several activities that encourage personal exploration.



Browse through these example posters that have already been submitted for inspiration to create your own unique version.