9 principles

There is no blueprint for effective Character Education. However, there are some commonly agreed principles. The following 9 principles define excellence in Character Education, and serve as a guide that schools and others responsible for character development can use to audit, plan and evaluate their programs. Through consideration of the 9 Principles it is intended that schools can record what Character Education they are currently undertaking as well as what else they might do. The principles are therefore intended to be a development tool. The principles are:

A School of Character:

…is committed to developing moral, civic, performance and intellectual virtues in all that it does
…has a stated vision for character education actively promoted throughout the school
…provides all students with tangible opportunities to develop their character
…is intentional, proactive and comprehensive in cultivating character
…understands the intrinsic and extrinsic benefits of good character
…has School leaders that are demonstrably committed to Character Education
…has teachers that share the vision for Character Education in the school and who take Character Education to be core to their role
…engages families and community members in cultivating character
…can evidence that it has an effective Character Education strategy that is shared and understood by staff and students

Schools can now register their interest in our new Character Education Kitemark which will be piloted during 2018. The kitemark scheme will support schools to achieve excellence in developing character across the school through a structed and supported process delivered by the Association for Character Education. To become involved in 2018 register your interest now and we will keep you updated as this important development progresses.

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