Imani Clough Ba, Ma (frsa)

Character Educator, Facilitator, and Coach in Birmingham, UK

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Imani Clough (she/her) is a social entrepreneur, the Director of Imani Academy Ltd - a creative youth consultation and participation enterprise.

Hi, I'm Imani! I spend much of my time innovating education in both classrooms and communities. With more than ten years’ experience working in education, social care, partnerships and service development; I currently combine my academic research interests, in the area of character education and belonging, with my knowledge and experience as a practitioner.

As a Freelance Social justice Facilitator, Character Educator and Coach, I support frontline practitioners and educators to have the confidence to lead on high impact campaigns and initiatives in a coaching and train the trainer capacity. I also facilitate youth consultations and translate research to applied educational and social contexts.

I use philosophy for children and the character education framework to bring educators and children and young people together; to explore, discuss and take action on social justice issues.

I have a degree in Youth Justice and Masters in Character Education. My work encompasses many strands of creative direction and is informed by a wide range of trauma informed practices, educational philosophy and youth participatory principles.

What am I currently doing...

Act Build Change Coach and Learning Co-ordinator

Hosting a 6-month Learning Marathon Education for Liberation.

HundrED ambassador, amplifying & supporting purpose driven innovations in education.

Curating a downloadable practical handbook: Mentoring through character education for The University of Birmingham – Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues.

Facilitating a series of workshops and bespoke youth participation consultation groups with Secondary aged pupils in Birmingham and Care Experienced young people in the South West, with a focus on Fitting in and Belonging.

You can click the button above to listen to a podcast about me, character education and my work.

I'm in the process of creating a new website, in the meantime please be in touch to explore coaching, training or my consultancy work. Feel free to say hello through any of the social links below.

I look forward to connecting with you!

  • Work
    • Freelance (Imani Academy)
  • Education
    • University of Birmingham
I worked with Imani on the Character Education and Mentoring Practical Handbook. It was great to work with Imani and bring her unique perspective across both areas to bear on the publication. It’s a great output and Imani was a pleasure to work with. It has been well-received by practitioners and should continue to be used in schools.
Aidan Thompson, Jubilee Centre for Character & virtues
Imani was a fantastic Partnerships Manager! She developed and led our educational partnerships strategy across the Midlands, working with local government, Multi-Academy Trusts, Universities and other charities and organisations to strengthen the youth social action offering in schools across the region. Imani was an absolute pleasure to work with and a well-respected member of the team.
Sophie Richardson Person-centred Director of Programmes and Ed' Partnership
I can't thank Imani enough for the work she has done with us this year. From facilitating a student voice project exploring belonging, to creating, delivering and evaluating a whole school staff training session on intersectionality and anti-racist practice, Imani has worked with expertise, calmness & professionalism and has helped us considerably.
Rebecca Tigue FRSA Head of School at University of Birmingham SCHOOL
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