Winners of the Character Awards announced

25 Feb 2015 02:36 PM

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces the 27 schools winning £15,000 for their work in character education.

Investing in character education “is vital for preparing young people for life in modern Britain”, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has said yesterday (25 February 2015), as she announces the 27 school and charities receiving £15,000 each in recognition of their work to promote traits such as grit and resilience in pupils.

Announcing the winners of the Character Awards, the Secretary of State for Education said that funding initiatives ensures pupils develop resilience and grit, helping them to stay on the right track once they leave school - improving their employment chances and increasing their participation in society.

The awards are designed to highlight the most effective ways of ensuring pupils leave school ready for life in modern Britain. Yesterday’s winners were chosen by a panel of experts. They all had to display evidence that their work has improved pupils’ future outcomes from exam results to behaviour, attendance or job prospects.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said yesterday:

Teaching character not only benefits children at school - it also plays a vital role in ensuring young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

Investing in the character of young people will not only help them succeed academically, but also improve their job prospects and help them bounce back from setbacks.

Teachers across the country are doing excellent work to promote character. Today’s award winners are leading the way, and I hope other schools can learn from their successful approaches.

Character education is a central part of our plan for education, and we are investing £10 million to ensure pupils develop the resilience and grit they need to succeed in later life. Schools now have the tools and support they need to ensure they develop well-rounded pupils ready to go on to an apprenticeship, university or the world of work.

Vicky Beer CBE, chair of the judging panel and of the Teaching Schools Council, said:

Our experience across primary and secondary phase education and special school settings has shown us that character building is a core part of every child’s success, alongside academic excellence. The awards are a great opportunity to showcase the best schools and organisations that are making a real difference in this field.

Rob Wall, judge and Head of Education and Employment Policy at the CBI, said:

The awards represent a step towards achieving what the CBI and businesses have long been calling for: an education system that develops young people who are rigorous, rounded and grounded - this means a focus not only on knowledge and skills, but also on the attitudes, characteristics and behaviours that will set them up for success outside the school gates.

Maggie Alphonsi MBE, judge and England rugby player, said:

My experience in rugby tells me that being resilient and ambitious is really important to success. The Character Awards are an exciting opportunity to recognise character as vital in helping young people step up to the challenges that they face, whether it be on the rugby pitch, at school or in work.

The government’s plan for education includes a £5 million pledge to ensure that more pupils leave school prepared for the challenges of life in modern Britain, including £4 million to reward and spread the character work of school and charities, and £1 million to research the most effective approaches. An additional £5 million has also been awarded to life-changing projects run by former armed services personnel.

One of yesterday’s winners will go on to win a further £20,000 at an awards ceremony next month. The successful schools include:

The winners were judged by a panel of experts from a broad range of sectors, representing the diverse approaches of character education. The panel consists of:

The full 27 winners announced yesterday are:

South West

West Midlands


Yorkshire and the Humber

East Midlands

South East

East of England

North East

North West

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