Developing Character Education
This half term we have started to develop our new character education strategy ready for a full launch in September. Staff and students have been reflecting on values, moral decision making and the ways in which one can become virtuous.
Our strategy is underpinned by the research and framework of the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham and will focus on four building blocks:
- intellectual virtues – character traits necessary for discernment, right action and the pursuit of knowledge, truth and understanding;
- moral virtues – character traits that enable us to act well in situations that require an ethical response;
- civic virtues – character traits that are necessary for engaged responsible citizenship, contributing to the common good;
- performance virtues – character traits that have an instrumental value in enabling the intellectual, moral and civic cirtues.
At Springwest, we prioritise the holistic development of our students and are committed to offering them many opportunities for moral development through modelling, teaching and offering extra-curricular opportunities. We want our students to build a life compass so that they can set their own vision, chart a course and navigate through challenges.
‘The aim of our studies is not just to know what virtue is, but to become good.’ – Aristotle