Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a strengths-based process that creates ambitious school- and trust-wide improvements by changing conversations.

At the heart of the AI process are the concepts of appreciation and enquiry (or US spelling: inquiry!). The process works by appreciating the strengths within the organisation and the achievements and positive emotions these have already led to (appreciating 'what is'), and enquiring into 'what could be' and 'what should be', before moving into creating 'what will be'.

Our founder and managing director, Frederika Roberts, is a Certified Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner.

AI Commons (n.d.) 5-D Cycle of Appreciative Inquiry. Available at:

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Get in touch to find out how we can guide you through the Appreciative Inquiry process to create ambitious and sustainable improvements in your school or multi academy trust, generated by the people who care about what happens in your community: Teaching and non-teaching staff, leadership team, pupils, parents and governors.

Further Reading

Srivastava S and Cooperrider D (1990) Appreciative Inquiry and Leadership: The Power of Positive Thought and Action in Organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Cooperrider DL, Whitney DK and Stavros JM (2003) Appreciative Inquiry Handbook: The First in a Series of AI Workbooks for Leaders of Change. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.