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Character Awards winners announced

27/02/2015 Joanna
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has announced the winners of the Character Awards, each of which will receive a prize of £15,000.

The awards have been made in recognition of schools' work to promote qualities such as resilience and determination in pupils, improving their chances of finding employment and enabling them to participate fully in society.

A panel of experts selected the 27 institutions, which had to present evidence that their work has improved pupils' future outcomes from exam results to behaviour, attendance or job prospects.

Vicky Beer, chair of the judging panel and of the Teaching Schools Council, said: "Our experience across primary and secondary phase education and special school settings has shown us that character building is a core part of every child’s success, alongside academic excellence. 

"The awards are a great opportunity to showcase the best schools and organisations that are making a real difference in this field."

Successful institutions include Queensbridge School, a secondary school in Birmingham that inculcates responsibility and rigour.

Pupils record the evidence of their personal development through residentials and extra-curricular activities using an iMap personal portfolio.

School 21, a new school in Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs of London, was another winner. The institution's focus on speaking skills and coaching ensures pupils abide by the six attributes of professionalism, grit, spark, eloquence, expertise and craftsmanship.

Oakthorpe Primary School in Derbyshire focuses on the traits of reciprocity, reflection, resourcefulness and resilience.

It has developed a positive behaviour rewards system to help children reach their 'ideal selves'. Adopting a whole-school approach has led to an increase in pupils' self-reported ability to bounce back from challenges.

A full list of the winners is available on the Department for Education website. One of them will go on to win a further £20,000 at an awards ceremony next month.

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