£6m to support character development

The government has announced £6 million worth of funding to support character development in schools.

Applications for a share of funding are now open, which is aimed at schools that offer ‘a wide range of activities to help broaden children’s learning experiences and boost character’.

The government defines ‘character development’ as activities that promote traits such as resilience and respect and provide a ‘rounded learning experience for children’, such as sports, debating or music.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said: “Instilling positive character traits and academic excellence are two sides of the same coin - children that develop resilience are far more likely to succeed, not only in school but in later life, too.

“Whether it’s fencing classes, debating clubs or drama societies, I want schools across the country to seize the opportunity to help their pupils thrive by broadening the range of activity that they offer.”

Organisations have until 23 June to submit a proposal for grant funding, which are expected to be awarded by the end of September.

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