Imani Clough

Character Educator, Facilitator, and Coach in Birmingham, UK

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My work encompasses many strands of creative direction & is informed by a wide range of educational/philosophical practices & ideas. As a freelance social justice practitioner & character educator, I use philosophy for children & the character education framework to bring educators & children & young people together; to explore, discuss & take action on social justice issues. There are many benefits for both groups; enhancing critical thinking & communication skills, encouraging youth leadership & boosting confidence and self-esteem to speak on sensitive & challenging everyday experiences.

I started my career working & volunteering in the youth/education sector, in pastoral leadership, social care practice & community engagement. It is here that I realised the limitations/damage being caused to young people, families & communities, because of reactive responses to complex issues. I decided I wanted to take a more innovative approach to addressing these shortcomings, & explore the root causes of social problems & structures that cause systems to behave the way they do. I have an undergrad in Youth Justice & Masters in Character Education.

My work with Imani Academy, founded in 2016, focuses on encouraging those I journey with to think critically about pedagogical processes, by facilitating a space that allows young people & adults to think about how all of the above effects them, the people they interact with, in the different spaces they occupy — providing them with guidance on the steps they can make to challenge the status quo as young people & practitioners.

More recently I have been working in partnership with the University of Birmingham – Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues. To develop a practical handbook: Mentoring through character education.

Alongside this work I simultaneously realised the importance of community when repurposing and championing new pedagogies. I joined Enrol Yourself as a Facilitator to host a 6-month Learning Marathon: Education for Liberation. Additionally, I am a HundrED ambassador, amplifying & supporting purpose driven innovation in education.

I harness the power of creativity in very practical ways, my coaching prepares people to ask great questions, value curiosity, have the confidence to lean into community, & navigate situations of challenge; virtually & in person.

  • Work
    • Freelance (Imani Academy)
  • Education
    • University of Birmingham
What clients say about me
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
Imani Academy’s Being Human Experience helped me prioritise my goals and set realistic targets, it forced me to reflect and take time for myself, organise myself and stay stress free.
Remaya, Student and Founder of A Product of My Environment
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