There are many ways to build character

Article in SecEd, 14 March 2019

By Deborah Lawson, General Secretary, Voice

Character and resilience are as crucial to young people’s future success as academic qualifications, Education Secretary Damian Hinds said”.

I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment in a recent Department for Education press release, although demonstrating this to a potential employer, or to Ofsted, is a different matter.

Damian Hinds didn’t actually use the phrase “as crucial” in the published text of his speech (at the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership conference) but the softer “education is about more than just academic achievement, important though that is,” although, encouragingly, he was “delighted that the new Ofsted Framework is going to place clear importance on personal development and positive attitudes”.

In a paragraph apparently copied and pasted from the draft framework, he told us that:

“Inspectors will evaluate the extent to which schools support pupils to develop their character – including their resilience, confidence and independence – and help them know how to keep physically and mentally healthy”. 

From a school’s perspective, however, it is important to know and understand how inspectors will evaluate pupils’ “resilience, confidence and independence”. That remains to be seen.....

Read the article here.



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