Make a difference to personal development, behaviour and welfare – Matt Bawden explains how character education might set the tone across a school and offers a self-evaluation framework

“Pupils understand how their education equips them with the behaviours and attitudes necessary for success in their next stage of education, training or employment and for their adult life.” School Inspection Handbook, Ofsted, 2015

All schools have a duty to prepare pupils for their futures and within this to flourish in a wide variety of settings, to make the most of opportunities, and to respond well to whatever life might throw up. Schools have an affective role in this development, but seeing what needs to be done, when, can be difficult.

Having trawled the School Inspection Handbook and considered the implications of the Educational Excellence Everywhere White Paper, it is possible to see a trend in expectation. Therefore I propose a possible route forward in both recording your school’s progress in personal development, behaviour and welfare, and in setting a direction for school-wide improvement.

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