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New pupil character-building measures announced

10/12/2014 Joanna
Education secretary Nicky Morgan has announced new measures that will help schools focus on developing the character of their pupils.

Eight projects are to receive £5 million to help them use the services of former armed forces personnel to encourage youngsters to do better at school and instil values such as self-confidence, respect and leadership.

These 'military ethos providers' base their activities around an A, B, C, D building blocks of character model. 

A stands for altruism and encourages youngsters to help others, while B stands for 'bounce back', encouraging them to learn from their mistakes and try again.

C is 'comfort-zone busting' - trying out new activities in unfamiliar environments - and D stands for 'destination' - establishing high aspirations and understanding how to meet them.

Ms Morgan said: "For pupils who may have faced challenges or difficulties in their personal life, these initiatives run by former armed services personnel can offer a sense of greater aspiration and can help build the skills and confidence they need to go on to good jobs and successful futures."

In addition, new character awards are to be introduced to recognise institutions that succeed in developing well-rounded pupils prepared for life in modern Britain.

Awards will include £15,000 each for up to 27 schools in all nine regions of the country, to be announced in February, and £20,000 for one winner, announced at an awards ceremony in March.

A review into evidence and feedback has shown that military ethos projects can have a positive impact on youngsters, improving behaviour, attendance and resilience.

Teachers, parents and pupils reported that they led to improvements in confidence, self-esteem, self-respect and inter-personal skills, which can help people to succeed in higher education and the workplace.

Those in teaching jobs also said that previously disengaged pupils were now playing an active role in school life.

Pupils stated that the initiatives had improved their confidence, made them less self-critical and more self-aware.

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