What is Character Education?
Character education is the term used to describe the teaching of children in a manner that will help them develop as moral, well-mannered, kind, non-bullying, healthy, respectful, successful, diverse and honest individuals so that they can get along in society. It is the deliberate effort to develop virtues and characteristics to mould and develop an individual. Curriculum areas such as PSHE, RSE, SEAL and RE address many of these concepts, as well as Eastfield’s core values of: Care, Diversity, Opportunity, Pride, Resilience and Respect.
The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.
The Rights Respecting Award
The Award supports schools to embed the Convention in their practice to improve wellbeing and help all children and young people to realise their potential.
The Award takes a whole school approach to child rights and human rights education. Child rights education can be defined as learning about rights, through rights and for rights within a context of education as a right.
It aims to build the capacity of children and young people as rights-holders to claim their rights, and the capacity of adults as duty bearers to fulfil their obligations. Child rights education helps adults, children and young people to work together. In this way it provides the space and encouragement for the meaningful participation and sustained civic engagement of children and young people.