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Character education: Engaging school staff

Continuing his regular series in SecEd, expert Matt Bawden considers how we can engage staff in delivering effective character education

“We believe teachers can support pupil outcomes by developing their character, as well as developing their knowledge, understanding and skills. As such, new teachers should be introduced to character education and strategies for developing characteristics such as drive, grit and optimism in pupils as well as supporting pupil wellbeing.”
Carter Review of Initial Teacher Training, January 2015

The vast majority of teachers begin their careers wishing to make a real and lasting difference to students’ lives. For many, this difference arises from a deep commitment to their subject area or to pastoral provision.

Research by Professor James Arthur et al in 2015 shows that people enter the teaching profession from a desire to make a difference to children’s lives and to develop good people.

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