Conference 2015 | Character, Culture and Values

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  Angela Constance

 

 

 

 

"The conference has given me a tangible understanding of the importance of character education and ideas to implement in my workplace and life"

(conference delegate)

                

 

 

 

 

Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning Angela Constance MSP

Summary

On Monday 15th - Tuesday 16th June, 2015, Character Scotland welcomed almost 300 delegates to the University of Glasgow to discuss ‘Character, Culture and Values’, the first event of its kind in Scotland, designed to explore and build on the continuing global shift towards character and values-based education.

 

Day 1 saw a packed Bute Hall witness the inspirational Dr Avis Glaze deliver her keynote ‘Character Education: Education at its Best’. Avis is one of Canada’s outstanding educators and a recognized international leader in education. It was also a special visit personally for Avis, whose ties with Scotland remained strong after receiving the Robert Owen Award - the first of its kind offered in Scotland - from Mike Russel MSP in 2013.


A few key topics covered in Avis’s keynote were the educational needs of the ‘Net Generation’, what character education looks like in schools, the workplace and in communities and how to develop a ‘community of character’. We would encourage you to view Avis’s keynote presentation in the video section of the conference page – you won’t be disappointed!


Breakout seminars on Day 1 included ‘Education (re)Design’ which discussed the purposes of education and included a short visit from Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning Angela Constance MSP; ‘Learning to be Human’ which explored John MacMurray’s philosophical and educational ideas and ‘Skills, Work & Enterprise’ which discussed the role of attributes and attitudes in aiding young peoples’ transitions into employment and enterprise. These sessions were only a snippet of what was on offer at the conference on Day 1 with 15 sessions taking place in 5 different breakout rooms throughout the day.


The second keynote on Day 1 was delivered by the Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors and Professor Kay Livingston - Professor in Educational Research, Policy and Practice in the University of Glasgow. The Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors formed their group to help benefit their local community and get other young people involved in volunteering. They shared with delegates their journey as Community Ambassadors - which has seen them receive a Diana Award and be nominated as #iwill ambassadors for the Step Up To Serve campaign - in their keynote ‘Character, Values and Youth’.


The first day of the conference concluded with a dinner in the Kelvin Gallery which started off in high spirits as delegates were ‘piped’ from the Hunter Hall by a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland piper. The conference Poet-In-Residence, Caren Gilbert, recited her reflective poem from Day 1 before author and former youth worker, Kerry Young delivered the after dinner speech, including passages from her book ‘Pao’.


The second day of the conference welcomed Professor Marvin Berkowitz - S.N.McDonnell Professor of Character Education at the University of Missouri – St.Louis - to the Bute Hall to deliver his keynote ‘A Comprehensive Approach to Effective Character Education’. Marvin covered the ‘PRIME’ model of character education during his keynote:


Prioritizing character education
Relationships
Intrinsic motivation
Modeling
Empowerment


Marvin’s PowerPoint presentation and recorded keynote can be found in the relative tabs on the conference page.


A further 9 breakout seminars took place on Day 2. Character Scotland Executive Officer, Gary Walsh facilitated the session ‘Character Education in Scotland: Why, How and So What?’ which addressed the questions: why focus explicitly on character education, how do we do it and ‘so what’ if we do? Conference sponsors SQA delivered their session ‘Assessment of Character? Why Not!’ on Day 2 which opened discussion surrounding how we might assess and acknowledge character, and why this might be important.


The final keynote of the conference, ‘Social Buisnesses: Where Business and Enterprise Meet Character and Values’, was delivered by one of Scotland’s leading young Social Entrepreneurs, Josh Littlejohn. Josh founded the social enterprise ‘Social Bite’ and ‘The Scottish Business Awards’ which has raised circa £1 Million for charity in three years. Josh shared with delegates the motivation behind his start-ups and tips on how to get the likes of President Bill Clinton and Sir Richard Branson to speak at your event!


The conference concluded with an Open Space session which gave delegates the opportunity to explore their own chosen topics by creating and managing their own agenda.


The team at Character Scotland would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of the delegates, contributors, keynote speakers, volunteers and the CVSO team at the University of Glasgow who helped ensure the success of the Character, Culture and Values conference. We were very fortunate to have a strong contingent of young people involved in the conference; thank you to all who helped allow this to happen. There are of course too many individuals to list in this short article so a BIG thank you to ALL involved!


A special note of thanks must also go out to the John Templeton Foundation whose generous grant helped make this event possible and our sponsors the Scottish Qualifications Authority. We also acknowledge our conference partners for their advice and support; CBI Scotland, Education Scotland, the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the Improvement Service, Investors in People, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, Keep Scotland Beautiful, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the Scottish Youth Parliament and the University of Glasgow.


We encourage you to view the keynote videos, presentations, and photos from the event. We would also really appreciate it if you were able to complete the conference evaluation located in the feedback tab on the conference page. Please stay in touch! You can follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook or contact the team via email.

 

Abstract

Below is a brief summary of the historical and academic underpinnings of character and values education in Scotland.


Marvin Berkowitz, Professor of Character Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, defines character as "the set of psychological characteristics that motivate and enable the individual to function as a competent moral agent, that is, to do 'good' in the world." (Berkowitz, 2011) Character Education can be thought of as "the deliberate effort to help people understand, care about, and act upon core ethical values" (Lickona, 1991). There are many other definitions, but what does it mean for Scotland?

 

Scotland has a long and intertwined history with character and values. In the midst of his radical approaches to social reform, Robert Owen founded the Institute for the Formation of Character at New Lanark in 1816. The country's history in education is much tied to its culture and underpinning values. Scotland's traditional aspirations relate to social reform, justice and a shared determination to address broad and general questions relating to philosophy, ethics, economics, technology, humanistic approaches to pedagogy and democracy. Notable Scottish thinkers in these areas include Adam Smith, David Hume, Robert Owen, John MacMurray, Alasdair MacIntyre and many others.

 

Character and values education are not new ideas, and their renewed focus is a natural extension of Scotland's educational history. The influential 1947 report of the Advisory Council on Education in Scotland states the following:

 

"Our real wealth is in the character and skill of our people."

 

"The secondary school... should provide a rich social environment where the adolescent grows in character and understanding through the interplay of personalities rather than by the imparting of knowledge."

 

"The breaking of new ground rather than the treading of safe ground has become the task of all in education."

 

In the book entitled Pioneering Moral Education, Dr William Gatherer provides what Professor David Carr described as "a very objective no-nonsense critical assessment" of 20th Century approaches to moral education led by the Scottish philanthropist Victor Cook, leading to the establishment of the Gordon Cook Foundation. This book, possibly the only publication in existence that details a specifically Scottish approach to moral education, delivers an honest portrayal of the difficulties and failures experienced by Victor Cook in his mission to establish a place for moral education, while at the same time describing how his work represented "...the establishment of moral education in schools throughout the world."

 

Today, with the continuing development of initiatives such as Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) and the enthusiasm for which professionals in Scotland have embraced programmes such as Rights Respecting Schools and Eco Schools, Scotland is being recognised internationally as a global leader in citizenship education. Character and values-based approaches are integral to these policies. The purpose of CfE is to develop young people's attributes and capacities. Scotland's professional teaching standards are underpinned by the values of social justice, integrity, trust, respect and professional commitment. Similarly, other policy agendas such as the Wood Commission report, Global CitizenshipEnterprise in Education and the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) provide an ideal context for approaches aimed at developing and empowering young people's values, skills and attributes.

 

Recent developments in science, technology, psychology and philosophy have resulted in a global resurgence and the emergence of new and robust frameworks for character and values development. A plethora of new programmes have been made available around the world, the research and evidence base is continually growing and initial findings suggest that there are strong correlations between skills, character qualities and positive outcomes for children and young people (OECD, 2015). In the UK, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in University of Birmingham is contributing to the research base for character, as are Scottish institutions including University of Glasgow and University of Aberdeen.

 

This is a rapidly expanding area of practice and research. This conference aims to provide an introduction to the key issues to help practitioners, policy makers and researchers to understand and inform the relevance of this work for children and young people in Scotland. For more information please consult the Key Reading tab above.

 

Presentations

Professor Marvin Berkowitz
A Comprehensive Approach to Effective Character Education 

 

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Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors
Character, Values and Youth 

 

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Gary Walsh - Character Scotland
Character Education in Scotland:  "Why, How and So What"?

 

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James O'Shaughnessy - International Positive Education Network
Education (re) design

 

James OShaughnessy

Rob Loe - Relational Schools
Education (re) design 

 

Rob Loe

Scottish Youth Parliament
Young People and Character 

 

SYP

Service Cadets
Young People and Character

 

Service Cadets

Videos

 

Opening Address Day 1: Prof James Conroy

 

Professor James Conroy, University of Glasgow

 

Opening Address Day 2: Rachael McCully MSYP

 

Rachael McCully MSYP, East Kilbride

 

Ministerial Address: Angela Constance MSP

 

Angela Constance MSP

  

Keynote 1: Dr Avis Glaze

 

Dr Avis Glaze
"Character Development: Education at its Best" 

 

Young Reporters Interview: Dr Avis Glaze

 

Interviewers

Oscar Swire

Will Wormell-McGill

(Young Reporters, Keep Scotland Beautiful)

 

 

Keynote 2: Bishopbriggs Ambassadors & Prof Kay Livingston

 
Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors & Professor Kay Livingston
"Character Values and Youth" 

 

 

Keynote 3: Prof Marvin Berkowitz

 

Professor Marvin Berkowitz:
"A Comprehensive Approach to Effective Character Education" 

 

Young Reporters Interview: Professor Marvin Berkowitz

 

Interviewers

Oscar Swire

Will Wormell-McGill

(Young Reporters, Keep Scotland Beautiful)

 

 

Keynote 4: Josh Littlejohn


Josh Littlejohn
"Where Business and Enterprise Meet Character and Values" 

 

 

Seminar 1.1: Education (re)Design

Chair

Colin Mair, Chief Executive, Improvement Service

Presentations

Gillian Hamilton, Chief Executive, Scottish College for Education Leadership

Joe Hallgarten, Director of Education, RSA

James O'Shaughnessy, Chair, International Positive Education Network

Rob Loe, Director, Relational Schools

 

Seminar 2.1: Young People and Character

Scottish Community Cadets
Scottish Youth Parliament

 

Seminar 2.5: Learning to be Human

Chair

Malcolm Payton, Consultant and former Director of Education

Panel

Dr James MacAllister, University of Stirling

Professor Nicki Hedge, University of Glasgow

Dr Esther McIntosh, York St John University

Martin Robinson, teacher and author

 

Seminar 3.5: Skills, Work and Enterprise

Chair

Hugh Aitken CBE, CBI Scotland

Presentations

Jason Dick, student at West College Scotland

Amanda Allan, student at West College Scotland

Kim Hamilton, student at West College Scotland

Panel

Dr John Allan, Policy Manager, SQA

Joe Wilson, Chief Executive, College Development Network

Peter Russian, Chief Executive, Investors in People

Aileen Ponton, Chief Executive, SCQF

 

 

Seminar 4.1: Character Education in Scotland: Why, How & So What?

Gillian Hunt, Workforce Learning and Development Manager, City of Edinburgh Council

Julie Wilson, Education & Learning Manager, Keep Scotland Beautiful

 

 

Photos

Below is a selection of photographs from both days of the conference. A huge thank you to Steven Brown Photography for providing these and for your efforts during the event. 

 

 

Day 1 - Monday 15th June, 2015

 

 

Day 2 - Tuesday 16th June, 2015

         

         

Contributors

Thank you to all contributors for both participating in and contributing to the delivery of the conference. We would like to use this space to recognise speakers, workshop facilitators and panel contributors. 

 

Keynote Speakers

Dr Avis Glaze

Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors

Professor Kay Livingston

Professor Marvin Berkowitz

Josh Littlejohn

Kerry Young (after-dinner)

Professor Robert Davis (New Lanark lecture, Wed 17th June)

Seminar 1

1.1 Education (re)design 

Colin Mair - Improvement Service

Joe Hallgarten - RSA

James O'Shaughnessy - International Positive Education Network

Gillian Hamilton - Scottish College for Educational Leadership

Rob Loe - Relational Schools 

 

1.2 Character Education: St Joseph's Academy 

Ben Davis - St Joseph's Academy

Michael Whyte - St Joseph's Academy

 

1.3 Creating/creative spaces for children's participation and engagement 

Cathy McCulloch - Children's Parliament

Chelsea Stinton - Children's Parliament 

 

1.4 inspire>aspire in Primary Schools 

Victoria Pollock and Ailsa Barr - Mount Vernon Primary School

Cara, Taylor, Thomas - P7 Pupils 

 

1.5 Leaders of Learning

Calum Ware - SYP

Kris Chapman - TD1 

Rachael Mccully - SYP

David Stewart - SYP

Nicola Pringle - SYP

 

Seminar 2

2.1 Young People and Character 

Rachael Mccully - SYP

Kenneth Watson - Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors

Lewis Anthoney - Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors

David Austin - Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors

Lucy McNellan - Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors

Jordan Linden - SYP

Nicola Pringle - SYP

Richard Pattison - HRFCA

All of the HRFCA Cadets present 

 

2.2 Building Schools of Character 

Andy Scott-Evans - Becket Keys Church of England School 

Dr Robert White - East Tennessee State University 

 

2.3 Non-Intellectual Influences on Success 

Dr Nicola Gibson - University of Aberdeen 

 

2.4 Working Together: Global Citizenship through the curriculum 

Tanya Wisely - IDEAS Network 

 

2.5 Learning to be Human 

Malcolm Payton - E3Network 

Dr James MacAllister - University of Stirling 

Prof Nicki Hedge - University of Glasgow 

Dr Esther McIntosh - York St John University

Martin Robinson - Teacher and Author 

 

Seminar 3

3.1 Communities of Character

Scott Lafferty - East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action

Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors

Eileen Prior - Scottish Parent Teacher Council 

Lochend Community High School

Scottish Youth Parliament 

Jamie McKenzie Hamilton - Falkirk Community Charter

Highland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association 

Space Unlimited 

 

3.2 Character Education in UK Schools

Dr David Walker - Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues 

 

3.3 Character and Beauty 

Dugald MacGilp - Keep Scotland Beautiful

Dr Danny Hamilton - The Glasgow Academy 

Dr Nigel Mann - The Glasgow Academy 

 

3.4 Character Enquiry 

Louise Shannon - Gracemount High School

Tracy Neil - Gracemount High School

Kirsty and Scott - Gracemount High School pupils

 

3.5 Skills, Work & Enterprise 

Hugh Aitken - CBI Scotland

Jason Dick, Kim Hamilton and Amanda Allan - West College Scotland 

Grant Taylor - West College Scotland

Peter Russian - Investors in People

Aileen Ponton - SCQF 

Joe Wilson - College Development Network

Dr John Allan - SQA 

 

Seminar 4

4.1 Character Education in Scotland: "Why, How and So What"? 

Gary Walsh - Character Scotland

Julie Wilson - Keep Scotland Beautiful

Gillian Hunt - City of Edinburgh Council, Professional Learning Network 

 

4.2 Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning: Some unintended consequences? 

Dr Pete Allison - University of Edinburgh 

Martin Davidson - Outward Bound Trust 

 

4.3 The Trousers of Truthfulness 

Geoff Smith - Kehelland Village School 

 

4.4 Character Education in Craigie 

Denise Doig - Craigie High School 

Emily Gammie - Craigie High School

Andy Maloney - Craigie High School

Ben, Hannah, Amy, Declan, Corey - Craigie High School pupils 

 

4.5 The Radical Road to Character Building 

Tila Morris - Catch the Light 

Ian McDonald - Catch the Light 

 

Seminar 5

5.1 Education & Youth Work: Collaborating on Character 

Jim Sweeney - YouthLink Scotland 

Prof Howard Sercombe - University of Strathclyde 

Dr Tom Harrison - Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues 

Peter Hart - University of Durham 

 

5.2 Character, STEM and the Outdoors 

Donna Thompson - SYHA Hostelling Scotland 

Neil Valentine - Liberton High School

Jim Heneghan - Liberton High School

Ceinwem, Daniel, Jake - Liberton High School pupils 

 

5.3 Why Relationships Matter 

Molly Page - City of Edinburgh Council 

 

5.4 Assessment of Character? Why Not! 

Dr John Allan - SQA

Margaret Tierney - SQA 

 

Publications

 

View the Conference Programme 

 

Programme 

 

View the Conference Companion

 

Part 1: Character, Culture and Values

Part 2: Inspire>Aspire | Global Citizens in the Making 

 

 

View the Conference Report - Dr Joan Mowat, University of Strathclyde

 

Character, Culture and Values Conference Report

 

Pioneers of Character - Caren Gilbert, Conference Poet-in-Residence 

 

Key Reading

 

Dr Alan Britton

Briefing Note on Education for Citizenship in Scotland

Dr James MacAllister

Macmurray on learning to be human

Dr Avis Glaze 

Character Development: Education at its Best 
Prof Marvin Berkowitz Understanding Effective Character Education
Tila Morris The Radical Road to Character Building

 

Further Reading

The documents below are policy documents, research papers and introductory readings that you may find useful for reference.

 

Global perspective

OECD – Skills for Social Progress: the power of social and emotional skills - "This report presents a synthesis of the OECD's analytical work on the role of socio-emotional skills and proposes strategies to raise them."

 

OECD - Schools for 21st-Century Learners: Strong Leaders, Confident Teachers, Innovative Approaches - "International Summit on the Teaching Profession: What are the skills that young people need to participate fully in this rapidly changing world, and how can education systems best support the kind of teaching that develops those skills?" 

 

UNESCO - Education for Sustainable Development - "Education for Sustainable Development requires far-reaching changes in the way education is often practised today." 

 

UNESCO - Global Action Programme - "...reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them."

 

The United Nations Covention on the Rights of the Child - Scotland's Commissioner for Children & Young People - Article 29: "You have the right to education which develops your personality, respect for other's rights and the environment."

 

Centre for Curriculum Redesign - Character Education for the 21st Century: What Should Students Learn? - "Facing the challenges of the 21st century requires a deliberate effort to cultivate in students personal growth and the ability to fulfill social and community responsibilities as global citizens."

 

Scotland/UK perspective

 

Curriculum For Excellence – Developing global citizens within Curriculum for Excellence"All aspects of school life are values driven."


Curriculum For Excellence - Building the Curriculum 4 - "Skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work"

 

GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) – A General Guide"No matter where they live or whatever their needs, children, young people and their families should always know where they can find help."

 
GTCS – Professional Values and Personal Commitment "Values are complex and are the ideals by which we shape our practice as professionals."

 

Framework for Character Education in Schools - Jubilee Centre, University of Birmingham - "Good character is the foundation for improved attainment and human flourishing."

  

Youth Work - National Youth Work Strategy 2014-2019"Our ambitions for improving the life chances of young people in Scotland"

 

Youth Work – Statement on the Nature and Purpose of Youth Work - "Youth Work recognises the young person and the youth worker as partners in a learning process."

 

DEMOS Report: Building Character - "Parents... are the primary character builders in society."

 

DEMOS Report: Character Nation - "Character education sits at the heart of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland, which developed out of a broad and ambitious 'national debate on education' in 2002"

 

The impact of non-cognitive skills on outcomes for young people - Education Endowment Foundation - "Non-cognitive skills are increasingly considered to be as important as, or even more important than, cognitive skills or IQ in explaining academic and employment outcomes."

 

CLD (Community Learning and Development) Code of Ethics - "The Code has a central role in defining and communicating what CLD work is."

 

Citizenship and Character Education in British Education Policy, Prof James Arthur - "The formation of character could be said to be the aim that all general education has historically set out to achieve. It is an aim that has often not been explicitly stated, instead it has simply been assumed." 


Employment and enterprise perspective

Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce report - "The overarching ambition is to enable Scotland's young people to move into sustainable employment."


Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Education and Skills survey report - "Engagement with secondary schools is a clear priority for employers, with two thirds having built links (67%)"

 

Investors in Young People - "We've learned from the best that recruiting and developing Young People is a great way to build a dynamic and productive workforce."

 

Ready for Work - Impetus Private Equity Foundation - "The capabilities young people need to find and keep work – and the programmes proven to help develop these"

 

Education and Employers Research Paper 4 - Education and Employers - "How should our schools respond to the demands of the twenty first century labour market?"

 

Disrupt Inc.: How young people are challenging the conventions of entrepreneurship - RSA - "...the way in which some young people now start and run businesses is radically different to widely held assumptions."

 

Enterprise for all: The relevance of enterprise in education - Dept for Business, Innovation & Skills - "This report focuses on entrepreneurial spirit in education. It is the latest in a series of moves from the government to make sure that young people leave education ready for work, with the skills and experience employers are after."

 

Understanding Motivations for Entrepreneurship - Dept for Business, Innovation & Skills - "Autonomy is a key driver of entrepreneurship and it is a motivation that entrepreneurs experience as continually gratifying and motivating even years after they started their business..."

 

The Carnegie position on enterprise - Carnegie UK Trust - "Our position is five-fold and calls on policy makers, practitioners, educators, businesses and civil society organisations to work together to energise the employers of the future"

 

Myths, exaggerations and uncomfortable truths: The real story behind Millennials in the workplace - IBM Institute for Business Value - "This study addresses the impact of Millennials in today's workplace and the need for organizations to create multigenerational work environments where everyone can thrive."

 

Evaluation

 

 

View the Conference Report - Dr Joan Mowat, University of Strathclyde

 

Character, Culture and Values Conference Report

 

 

Please see a selection of comments from delegates below.

 

 "Character education need not be a scheme or programme, it's about culture, ethos and modelling. Good leadership is the key."

 

"It has confirmed what I am doing is character education - I will define it more from now on in what I do and say."

 

"It introduced a range of ways of conceptualising 'character' and the associated terms of values, relational education, ethics and citizenship. I was very much interested in how / if there can be a lowest common denominator set of 'agreed' positive character attributes in our Scottish cultural settings - that can transfuse the various sectors of society, work and education."

 

"It helped affirm what I already suspected to be true - that character development needs to be the central purpose of education"

 

"In all of the seminars I attended there was high quality dialogue surrounding Character Education taking place. The conference really made me reflect on my influence as a teacher and what I can do in my classroom and wider school to promote and embed Character Education. It also made me consider the language that we use when discussing Character Education e.g. use of terms such as values, virtues, morals."

 

"great to be with such a diverse group of people and to be reminded that not everything in education belongs to or is driven by teachers and head teachers - there are many kinds of educator and all perspectives have a valuable contribution to make in the conversation about character and values education."

 

"character cannot be separated from values and that values and character education (as defined by Dr Glaze) should permeate the school and its widest communities."

 

"I want to implement character education in my own classes but also enthuse colleagues and try to embed virtues and values in the whole school. I have no idea how right now but I have so much rich information to draw on. Thank you."

 

"As an academic, it has prompted me to think more deeply about what constitutes character education and it would be my intention to deepen my understanding of this field, to publish within the field and to incorporate it within my teaching at the university."

 

"I will feed back to the SMT team as we are about to look at our behaviour policy and this is obviously tied into creating a culture in the school of pupils who have empathy and consideration for themselves and others."

 

"I will think about character and values with regards to our programme of professional learning and development, especially for teachers, head teachers and youth workers"

"If we are serious about 'Curriculum for Excellence' we need to look beyond a competencies (and sometimes a 'ticky box') approach to developing the potential of each child to the full. A focus upon values and character education may be one means of achieving this end."

 

"Let's turn the rhetoric of making Scotland a good place to grow up into reality. Value-based learning and development of strong resilient characters and communities requires a concerted effort across professions, organisations, communities, parents and young people to create an environment - the conditions that inspire our children make a better future."

 

"let's have some parity of esteem for academic performance and personal growth and development"

 

"This is such an important thing that great care is required. Don't simply go for a quick fix - character education can't become the latest 'buzz word'/initiative. We don't want a crash and burn."

 

"In the end, character education is all about how adults are with children."

 

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