Character education

The Into Film Festival 2018

5 September 2018

This year’s Into Film Festival takes place from November 7 to 23 and schools can already book their free places. Sam Wilson introduces this year’s programme


Keeping children safe

13 June 2018

Working together to keep our children safe is crucial. With new safeguarding guidance for schools, Matt Bawden considers how safeguarding training and practice links into a school’s vision and values


The cornerstones of character: Opportunity

9 May 2018

In the final of his four articles on the cornerstones of good character and mental health provision, Matt Bawden looks at the opportunities available and how to take hold of them…


The cornerstones of character: Direction

28 February 2018

Your school’s leadership of mental health, wellbeing and character must have purpose and a clear direction in order to achieve positive outcomes. Matt Bawden explains


The cornerstones of character: Accountability

10 January 2018

The importance of good accountability in mental health and character education provision has been identified as one of the four cornerstones of best practice. Matt Bawden explores what this might look like


The cornerstones of character: Leadership

15 November 2017

The importance of good leadership in mental health and character education provision has been identified as one of the four cornerstones of best practice. Matt Bawden explores what this might look like


Into Film Festival 2017

6 September 2017

The annual Into Film Festival takes place in November with 3,000 free screenings and events. It is the world’s largest film education festival. Sam Wilson looks at what’s on


Does your school have a positive moral climate?

19 April 2017

Does your school and your teaching still maintain its moral dimension – or has this lost out to competing pressures? Matt Bawden reflects on teaching in a ‘positive moral climate’


How ‘honest’ are you and your school?

8 March 2017

What role does honesty play in the character and ethos of your school? Matt Bawden discusses why honesty should drive everything we do as staff and how this can inspire students and parents too



Defining character education

18 January 2017

Character education – how can you define it and what does it look like in the classroom and beyond? Maria O’Neill and Mike Buchanan gives their own definitions of what character is (and is not) and discuss how we can deliver it


Character, ethos and your school website

4 January 2017

Is your school website dull and dry or does it communicate the ethos, character and heart of your school? In the context of character education, Matt Bawden offers some advice


Bett Show 2017 – Your SecEd Guide

8 December 2016

SecEd's annual Bett Show Guide offers 32 pages of preview information to help you prepare for the world's largest educational technology event, which takes place at London's ExCeL from January 25 to 28.


Character education: Environment, empathy and failure

16 November 2016

What has your school’s response to the character agenda been? Dr Morgan Phillips offers a broad discussion about what character is, the challenges for schools in ‘teaching’ it, and the importance of environment, empathy and failure


Character education: Teaching them curiosity

9 November 2016

Curiosity is a difficult skill to teach and perhaps harder still to harness and direct. Our resident character education expert, Matt Bawden, explores the nature and use of curiosity in education


Character, the community and your school ethos

5 October 2016

Character education is at the heart of personal development and often defines a school’s ethos. But how best can we deliver these messages of personal development to parents and into the community. Matt Bawden looks at some different approaches




Character Education: Defining and embedding resilience

18 May 2016

Resilience is becoming a buzzword in education and is a key part of the character education agenda. But what is it, how should we define it, how can it be embedded in the curriculum and how can we evaluate it? Ross McWilliam discusses some possible approaches



Auditing your school's character education provision

11 May 2016

How can you audit your school’s character education provision? SecEd’s resident character education expert Matt Bawden offers some practical insights on auditing and measuring our implicit and explicit practice


Ideas for developing pupils’ resilience

20 April 2016

They may be the most examined, but many believe that today's children are the most 'untested' in history. So, how can we nurture the resilience they will need in their lives ahead? Garry Freeman offers some advice


Character education resources released

20 April 2016

Teaching Character Through Subjects – the new government-funded character education resources – have been released. Matt Bawden explains what they are all about


Embedding character in the curriculum

9 March 2016

As we near the publication of new, government-backed character education resources, Matt Bawden pulls together the broader themes to have emerged from the work that has gone into their creation


Character Education: Engaging the three key groups

3 February 2016

Continuing his series on character education, expert Matt Bawden reports from the Character Matters event and discusses how to grow support with three crucial groups – students, parents and the wider community

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