Shirebrook Academy’s Character Education and Development Audit and Action plan can be found here Character Education and Development at Shirebrook Academy

Our Mission Statement states that one of our goals is to foster the values and character traits that make us fully rounded adults who make a positive contribution to our community – compassion, honesty, integrity, courage, kindness.

Ofsted recognises the link between character and successful outcomes for young people. Ofsted define character as:

“A set of positive personality traits, dispositions and virtues that informs pupils motivations and guides their conduct so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others. This gives pupils the qualities they need to flourish in our society”.

At Shirebrook Academy we have an established character education programme that includes, but is not limited to, the provision of a personal development curriculum across all year groups within the Academy delivered weekly with additional drop-down days, external speakers and visits throughout the year. Students are provided with opportunities within the co-curriculum to develop their character through participation in activities such as:

  • CRESST – empowering students to manage their own conflict resolution
  • Ambassadors
  • Junior Leadership Team
  • Fundraising
  • Leading Events
  • Youth council
  • Sports Leadership
  • Duke of Edinburgh

We are excited to be working with The Centre for Student and Community Engagement (CenSCE) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) on a project to develop Character Education at Shirebrook Academy.

This project will build on those existing activities and embed character education into the language of the school, the curriculum and our behaviour and rewards systems.

Parents and carers can help by praising children when they exhibit those positive character traits – ‘well doing for having the courage to try to learn new skills’ or ‘thank you for being kind to your sister’. You can also use the traits to point out when they get things wrong. For example, ‘are you showing kindness?’ can be more powerful than ‘stop being mean!’ whilst ‘thank you for your honesty’ is a good way of saying well done for owning up to doing something wrong!