A School of Character.
Aristotle once wrote, “we are what we habitually do.”
The habits that children learn and practise when they are growing up follow them through into adulthood; imagine how the world would be if children developed habits of courage, justice and integrity. We believe that just as a school can be a place to teach a child to read and write, a school can be a place where a child practises gratitude, curiosity and humility.
More specifically, these character virtues can be “caught” from interactions in our community, “taught” through educational experiences and reflection, and “sought” out by people who come to pursue and direct their own character development. As part of Character Education children might consider how honesty might look in different situations, where it might conflict with other virtues like kindness, and practise wisely choosing the right amount of honesty to apply. Aristotle believes that this practical wisdom is the most important virtue to explore as it enables us to see, know, desire, and act with good sense.
When we can choose intelligently between alternative courses of action, when we understand what a good life looks and feels like, when we value others enough to keenly enable their own character development, then together, we’ll flourish.
The Building Blocks of Character.
At UoB School we demonstrate our commitment to Character Education and human and societal flourishing through:
- Our taught Personal Learning and Development curriculum;
- Working towards character infusing our taught academic curriculum;
- Timetabled enrichment for all children and adults;
- Employing staff who themselves have demonstrated dedication to Character Education;
- Endeavouring to be an organisation that role models this dedication in our interactions with our classrooms and communities.
If you’d like to learn more about Character Education, you can sign up to take part in an online course run by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Education and FutureLearn.
Download the Jubilee Centre's Framework for Character Education
Those which enable us to respond well to situations in any area of experience
courage; compassion for others; gratitude; justice; honesty; humility/modesty; self-discipline; tolerance; respect; integrity
Those necessary for engaged and responsible citizenship
service; neighbourliness; citizenship; community awareness and spirit; volunteering; social justice
Behavioural skills and psychological capacities that enable us to put the other virtues into practice
resilience; perseverance; grit and determination; leadership; teamwork; motivation/ambition; confidence
Those required for the pursuit of knowledge, truth and understanding
reflection; focus; critical thinking; reason and judgement; curiosity; communication; resourcefulness; open-mindedness
Practical Wisdom / Good Sense / Phronesis
Knowing what to want when the demands of two or more virtues collide.