Kings Langley School, Hertfordshire
Description of our character programme
Our programme threads through our whole ethos and culture, consisting of caught, taught and practised elements. Our registration programme which is one of our taught elements spirals and develops students’ understanding of character education from an Aristotelian perspective and focuses not just on character traits but phronesis, flourishing and eudemonia. Our other elements are threaded together such as assemblies, PSHE, thought for the days, charity events etc, and therefore students see character virtues across multiple contexts.
All stakeholders are involved in our character programme – students, staff, parents and Governors as we believe we all continue to grow and develop our character regardless of age and experience. We run training for staff, and evening sessions for parents.
How we can help you
We can host visits for other schools and give you time to talk about your plan and character journey. We are more than happy to visit your school as a follow up, and share our materials and ideas. We can host these on an enquiry and needs basis.
We would also like to continue hosting INSET and further training around character.
We would like to set up a working group for interested schools to meet on a more regular basis to share good practise and ideas.
Our main piece of guidance is
Consider what you are already doing – connect it and thread it together.
Use the evaluation ACE handbook and self-evaluation framework as a starting point. It provides a way to map out what to do next.
Introduce things steadily – do not try to do everything at once and whatever you do for the students, do the same for your staff.
Finally, do not just focus on character virtues, but look at the making reasoned choices/ practical wisdom as part of this process.
The main benefits of our character programme are
- Improved behaviour
- A warm and inviting environment
- Initially improved results
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