Character Education Grants
Department for Education | Published January 22, 2015 - Deadline February 6, 2015
The Department for Education’s Character Education Grant programme will fund projects which help develop a set of character traits, attributes and behaviours in pupils that underpin success in education and work such as: - 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 Grant funding will be provided to high-quality projects
within or in partnership with schools and/or colleges to: a. Support sustainable expansion of existing provision which is supported by a strong evidence base; or b. Invest in new and small scale innovations which show promising approaches to character education.
The Department for Education has outlined suggestions for activities it may wish to fund in the Character Education specification of requirements document. Bids can be made specifically in support of one, or more of these suggested ideas, but other proposals
will also be considered. The suggested areas include: a. Building schools’ or colleges’ capacity to improve character education by developing the knowledge and skills of staff to understand character development so they can confidently integrate this within
the curriculum or their teaching. This might include, for example, staff training and/or resources that focuses specifically on character development. b. Trialling school-based initiatives. This could include, for example, classroom-based initiatives linked
to schools’ curricula subjects, teaching and learning strategies, whole-school practical approaches to ethos and discipline and/or bespoke activities with groups of pupils on character development. c. Providing extra-curricular activities. This could include
competitive sports, music, debating, outdoor activities or survival weekends. d. Providing community volunteering activities/projects and work experience by making links with the local charities, employers and major industries. e. Peer to peer support and
mentoring through dialogue and role modelling with successful students or professionals in the community. f. Developing a practical suite of tools and/or accessible educational materials and techniques that support schools in developing character. These materials
will disseminate good practice and build schools knowledge, confidence and capacity in this area and should be free to use. g. Establishing effective ways that track the progress of pupils throughout their educational journey through to employment which enable
schools to monitor the impact and effectiveness of their character education provision. h. Establishing innovative ways to build character in children with high risk factors, such as special education needs or a disability, poor family functioning; maltreatment
and poverty. This may involve techniques to help children deal with their own mental and physical challenges and/or to provide enriched educational and employment opportunities which would not otherwise be available to them. Estimated value: The programme
will provide up to £3.5 million in grant funding from April 2015 to March 2016. There is no specific minimum or maximum amount of individual grant award, but as an indicative guide for bidders, awards are expected to be in the region of £50,000 to £750,000.