Character Development
Developing Character Skills in Schools

Definition of Character Development

Encourage pupils to understand, value and demonstrate the positive behaviour traits that would make them well-rounded, grounded citizens;

We support the development of the skills required to function in and contribute to society and to help pupils to better understand themselves.

‘Instil pupils with a moral compass and skills in understanding and interacting with other people’ – Department for Education

Enabling the development of essential character attributes among young people must be at the core of the education system. It is our job to raise the expectations of the children in schools to ensure that the children believe in themselves and achieve what they are capable of.

What is Character Development?

  • Attendance, behaviour, attainment, employability, social mobility
  • Opportunities where students are able to practice and gain attributes, skills and traits which support them in both their education and future lives
  • Shift emphasis from teaching to learning: students who are more willing and able to learn are easier to teach
  • Improves outcomes for teachers, students, senior management and parents

Character Development Facts & Statistics

Measurable Results

So what does success look like? How do we measure the results of our work?

Some things are easy to measure, for example, an initiative to improve timekeeping or a new uniform policy. Other things are more difficult, such as showing initiative or gaining resilience. Character-First can provide your school with access to our Character Measurement System. This is a crucial part of the learner’s experience specifically designed to capture the development of each learner’s character. This is logged on-line using a progressive recording tool allowing your school to tailor an Award based on your school’s values and character education.

Each programme, whether in school, curriculum supporting activities or extra-curricular, will include a set of character development attributes that support the school’s values. These form part of the CMS system so that each learner will be able to record their success as they complete each programme. The system currently has up to 44 attributes that can be grouped under headings such as Aspiration, Nurturing, Working Together and so on. These can be tailored in different ways to suit your school. Each virtue will carry a number of attributes such as confidence, punctuality, determination, humility, co-operation etc. These allow schools to embed these attributes in the life of the school.

EXAMPLE: Statistics after Ski Trip programme…

47% of students felt committed and loyal to their teachers before the trip, and 69% afterwards

Before the trip, 38% of students agreed that others appreciated their talents and skills. After the trip this had risen to 57%.

Before the trip, teachers felt listened to and appreciated by 57% of students, whereas after the trip, the number was 91%.

Relational Proximity
before and after Andorra

Before After

Character Development Traits

Working Together