Putting character and values at the heart of a school can be transformative. Schools of character experience improved academic performance, outstanding behaviour, lower staff turnover and higher levels of wellbeing. But more importantly they enable the development of a strong moral framework which guides decision making, so pupils and wider society can flourish. For character to be developed effectively it cannot be taught as an isolated subject, it needs to be ‘taught,’ ‘caught’ and ‘sought’ through a whole-school approach. Character and values need to become a part of the very DNA of the school.
The Association for Character Education (ACE) is a Community of Practice with over 250 schools. Within the network are the country’s leading Schools of Character who have developed exceptional outstanding practice in how to develop character in their pupils, so they can make the right decisions to achieve their potential as individuals and wider citizens. ACE’s approach is also research-led through our partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtue, a world-leading research centre in this field.
This conference is inviting a limited number of schools from across Scotland to hear more about this approach to character development. There will be the chance to hear from keynote speakers and a number of Scottish Schools who are leading the way in integrating character and values across their whole school.