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Sarah Virgo

A recent History and Philosphy graduate from the University of Glasgow, Sarah loves writing, heated debates and cats. Her role is to capture people through all things digital; she wants to encourage people to gain a better understanding of their values and get people talking about Character Education for young people. 

Wednesday, 02 December 2015 10:13

Inspire Aspire: GCIM Launch

Character Scotland recently visited Craigie High School in Dundee to deliver a session on the new Inspire Aspire: Global Citizens in the Making programme to around 130 staff and pupils.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 15:33

Why Exams are Failing Assessment

This week, thousands of young, eager minds filled with a cocktail of nerves, excitement and (sometimes) dread will be opening texts, emails, letters or even listening over the phone for their SQA results. The “point” of assessment and exams has been a source of debate for years, so what are the reasons for exams within our curriculum, can they be adapted to help foster character education, or is it all one big “F”?

Monday, 22 June 2015 00:00

Empathy is in the Eyes of the Beholder

They say the eyes are the window into our souls, and one professor, Simon Baron-Cohen believes you can test how empathetic you are by guessing the emotion a person is feeling by looking at their eyes.

Sunday, 31 May 2015 00:00

Learning to be Happy

Happiness. It’s the ultimate goal we strive for, and it’s often the number one thing we want for our loved ones and now people will pay to guarantee it; so what is happiness, and is it possible to generate it?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 10:44

Pets and Character

When you own a pet like a dog you teach it to obey, you teach it tricks, to come when it's called, you teach it its name. But what could your dog teach you? What if it could teach you some of those most valuable lessons of all? 

Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

A Lesson in Politics

Thoughts of politics classes at University or in school don’t always conjure up great memories for everyone – scenes of stuffy lecture theatres, hordes of facts and figures about past governments and policies you don’t really have a huge interest in; politics have never really been veered to the young, eager learner – until now.

Today is the International Day of Happiness, organised by ‘Action for Happiness’ and celebrates positive feelings and happiness around the globe – the aim is to get out there, spread a smile or two, some kind words and just celebrate being happy and building a happier world.

Connor Newall knows the shattering effects of knife crime first-hand; his own cousin was murdered in 1996 and now he has taken on a lead role in a short film about knife crime for the No Knives, Better Lives campaign.

Monday, 16 March 2015 15:59

Why is STEM Lacking Female Attention?

Sunday 8th March was International Women’s Day and all around the globe people were campaigning for true gender equality. Whilst the media has been awash with news about gender equality like Patricia Arquette’s speech at the Oscars, the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women’s campaign “50:50 by 2030”, and high profile movements such as Emma Waton’s #HeForShe and her recollections about threats she has received; there is a growing concern in the UK’s education system as reports emerge over lacking female confidence in Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics subjects. (STEM)

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 16:31

Cooking Up Skills in the Kitchen

They've learnt the tricks of the trade; heating up their job prospects in the kitchen making pakora, sweetening their CVs perfecting chocolate fondue and cooling their nerves making ice-cream. The Yes Chef training programme whilst raising funds for Action for Children Scotland gives young people in Scotland a chance to develop vital skills and experience in the food industry. 

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