“At the University of Birmingham School we believe character can be ‘caught’ from interactions with others in our community, ‘taught’ through educational experiences and reflection, and ‘sought’ out by people who come to pursue and direct their own character development.
Such an approach is both broad-based and pervasive; it deepens insight into the morally relevant features of situations, enhances self-awareness when confronting them, and provides ample opportunity to practise and reflect on how to strengthen and integrate more fully the virtues required to meet such challenges.
Working with ACE towards the Kitemark Plus assessment has enabled us to authentically and robustly reflect on all we do with other professionals who are expert in the teaching of character. It has highlighted our strengths, and given us meaningful direction on areas we need to continue to develop. We are proud to be joining a cohort of other like-minded schools who also place character firmly at the core of what they do, and look forward to flourishing together.”