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;

Support the development of the skills required to function in and contribute to society;

Support social and emotional development in order for pupils to better understand themselves and work on their weaknesses; and

Instil pupils with a moral compass and skills in understanding and interacting with other people. As outlined in DfE report: Developing character skills in schools_Summary Report August 2017

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 our schools to ensure that the children believe in themselves and achieve what they are capable of. The true test of social fairness is the distribution of opportunities, and its goal is improving social mobility. Contour Education Services can help your school and its children achieve greatness.

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. Contour 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 Contour 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