Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan MP, has announced a multi-million pound fund to improve character education in England. The £3.5million fund will be available for schools to apply for in order to expand on activities that help to build character in pupils. The funding is intended to promote and encourage character education and for schools to place as much value on it as academic attainment for pupils. The announcement comes shortly after details of awards worth up to £20,000 each for schools and organisations that are already doing excellent work in character education were released.
Nicky Morgan said about the new fund: "The move is a landmark step for our education system. It will cement our position as a global leader in teaching character and resilience, and will send a clear signal that our young people are being better prepared than ever before to lead tomorrow’s Britain."
The Education Endowment (EEF) has also launched a £1million funding round to run trials examining the most effective ways to develop characteristics such as motivation, perseverance and resilience in students. The funding is open to schools, local authorities, charities, universities and other non-profit organisations interested in testing other ways of developing non-cognitive skills in students.
Please find below coverage of the story so far:
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NUT comment on Nicky Morgan’s push to improve character education in England
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