West Midlands

Colmore Junior School, Birmingham 

Description of our character programme
We have 7 Key Principles which we aim to develop in our pupils. These are linked to performance, civic, moral and intellectual virtues. We pride ourselves on how we interpret the Jubilee Centres’ Building Blocks of Character and apply this to the primary curriculum.

This approach has affected the children’s social responsibility and is designed to take them on a journey towards practical wisdom. 

Transformational leadership sits at the heart of our programme and drives our culture and character education at Colmore Junior School.

How we can help you
We are able to support you to start your character journey and provide guidance on how to embed character in your school systems and ethos.

Our main piece of guidance is
Develop a programme which responds to the needs of your community and prepare for the change it will bring.

The main benefits of our character programme are

  1. Staff recruitment.
  2. Pupils’ personal development
  3. Links with great institutions who have similar mindsets and with whom you can collaborate

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Ark Boulton Academy, Birmingham

Description of our character programme
Our character programme is based on 10 ‘moral virtues’. These virtues form our code of conduct to help us achieve our mission: for our pupils to go on to university, pursue a career, or an apprenticeship so that they are able to look after families, become role models for siblings and upskill our community. 

How we can help you
We are happy to support other schools with tours, character experience visits, talks at other schools and in any other way. 

Our main piece of guidance is
Character development has to start at the top and be lived. It is not a set of resources or a series of opportunities. It is the language that staff and students speak, it is seen around the school and is felt by all involved. Each learning opportunity is a chance to develop character through virtuous behaviour. As such, character education is a subject in its own right, and therefore should be informed by research, have the same rigour in teaching and learning pedagogy as other academic subjects. It should have adequate training for staff so they can be competent and confident in teaching the subject. 

The main benefits of our character programme are

  1. A shared language for all staff to use to ‘teach’ character development. 
  2. Improved academic progress
  3. Highest attendance in the Ark network (pre-covid)  

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