Character matters. As more and more schools are choosing to teach Character Education, trainee and beginning teachers need to know more. What is Character Education? Can it really be ‘taught’? How does children's learning benefit from discussions around character in the classroom? How do I teach it? What does good teaching of Character Education look like in the classroom?

Building Character through Co-curricular Programmes

Building character through co-curricular programmes

In this chapter you will:

  • find out how extra (or co-)-curricular activities link to character education;
  • gain a better understanding as to how coaching, facilitation and reflection strategies build character;
  • read a description of how some well-known and less well known extra-curricular activities build character.


Almost every primary school in the UK offers an array of different activities that their pupils are encouraged to take part in either before, during or after the school day – and sometimes during school holidays. Schools offer these activities for a number of reasons – perhaps because they connect to a passion or pastime of one of the teachers or that they are integrated into an after-school club. Whether the intention is implicitly ...

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