Character Education CPD

Developing our character

Birmingham: Wednesday, 22 May 2019
London: Friday, 7 June 2019

Trainer: Geoff Smith & Shona Pye​

Why attend?
Nurturing key character qualities in children in turn enables them to flourish and make good decisions throughout their academic and social lives. Discover how to develop your pupils’ trust, resilience and self-esteem and be empowered to integrate Character Education into your classroom practice with Character Education authors and experts Shona Pye and Geoff Smith.

  • Hear about the importance of Character Education and its benefits in enabling pupils to flourish in their daily lives at school and beyond
  • Discover how CE can nurture self-esteem resulting in happier outcomes for your staff and pupils
  • Explore the significance of language and its ability to empower your daily teaching with positive feedback, driving learning and achievement
  • Learn from the experiences of other schools who have benefited from Character Education coaching by Shona Pye and Geoff Smith

Workshop fee: £199 + VAT 

Bring a colleague for £50 + VAT! Register for two or more places and pay £50 + VAT for the extra places. 





10.00am Registration and coffee
10.15am The importance of Character Education
  • Introduction to Virtues In Education and the importance of Character Education. An overview of the Star Awards Challenge Book
  • Interactive activity working in pairs or small groups –discussing our Virtues/Character qualities
  • Activity exploring certain character qualities/virtues we want to understand more about
11.15am Morning coffee
11.30am Using the language of Virtues - focusing on positive character qualities
  • The importance of language and how the language we use has great influence to either empower or discourage
  • Recognising teachable moments to develop authentic self-esteem and resilience– focusing on the positive character qualities. Renaming and reframing – what gifts of character/virtues are we really calling people to
  • Group activity – Identifying Character qualities/Virtues needed in different situation, whether difficult or positive
12.30pm Lunch
1.30pm Setting Clear Boundaries & Restorative Justice
  • Setting Clear Boundaries – utilise virtues based boundaries promoting responsibility and self-discipline
  • The restorative Justice approach – taking time to look at when children fall out and making amends. Creating a culture of mutual respect and appreciation
  •  Group Activity – Character qualities/virtues to help solve a problem
2.30pm Afternoon tea
2.45pm Creating a Culture of Character and Virtues in your school
  • Honouring everyone as individuals and the Companioning process to help support children to make the right choices
  • Sharing examples of other schools that Shona and Geoff have worked with to introduce Character Education and Virtues
  • Key examples of activities that are key to supporting and developing our children’s Character in School. Integrating Virtues/Character Education into your existing Curriculum, discipline system and daily classroom life
3.45pm Review and reflect
4.00pm Course ends

 Geoff Smith is a headteacher and speaker who has developed innovative approaches to children’s character development. He is on the Executive Team of the Association for Character Education.



 Shona Pye is a Virtues Project Master facilitor and has spent the last few years introducing ‘Virtues in Education’ into schools in Cornwall.

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