As part of the national focus on character education, schools can now apply for a grant from the DfE Character Education grant fund. It aims to help schools support children in developing a set of character traits, attributes and behaviours that underpin success in education and work.
There is a total of £3.5 million to give away to worthy projects.
What can be funded?
Projects that support the development of the following character attributes will be considered:
- perseverance, resilience and grit
- confidence and optimism
- motivation, drive and ambition
- neighbourliness and community spirit
- tolerance and respect
- honesty, integrity and dignity
- conscientiousness, curiosity and focus.
Proposals should develop new innovations or expand existing evidence-based practice in some, or all, of the areas below:
- building a range of schools’ or colleges’ capacity to improve character education by developing the knowledge and skills of staff
- trialling school- or college-based initiatives, for example:
- classroom-based initiatives linked to school/college subjects
- teaching and learning strategies
- whole-school/-college practical approaches to ethos and discipline
- bespoke activities with groups of pupils on character development
- providing extra-curricular activities after school or college – this could include competitive sports, music, debating, outdoor activities or survival weekends
- providing community volunteering activities/projects and work experience by making links with the local charities, employers and major industries
- peer-to-peer support and mentoring through dialogue and role modelling with successful students or professionals in the community
- developing a practical suite of tools and/or accessible educational materials and techniques that support schools in developing character
- establishing effective ways to track the progress of pupils throughout their educational journey through to employment
- establishing innovative ways to build character in children with high-risk factors, such as special educational needs or a disability, poor family functioning, maltreatment and poverty.
There is no pre-determined level of grant award, but as a guide, grant awards are expected to be in the region of £50,000 to £750,000.
Who can apply?
Applications are accepted from schools, colleges, universities, local authorities, voluntary and community groups and other profit or non-profit organisations.
Projects must take place in England.
How do I apply?
Organisations have until 6 February 2015 to submit a proposal for grant funding. Grants are expected to be awarded at the end of March.