Character by Doing: the potential of the extended school day to build character

The Scout Association and Demos are delighted to host a panel discussion on the potential of the extended school day to increase and improve the provision of character-building activities. The event will also launch Demos’ evaluation report of Character by Doing, the DfE Character Grant-supported programme delivered by The Scout Association.

Confirmed Speaker
Neil Carmichael MP

Date and Time
14th July 2016, 9.30-11.00 am
Refreshments and registration from 9.00 am

Central London

In the recent Education white paper, the Government announced its intention to provide £500m worth of funding to extend the school day in 25 per cent of schools, increasing provision of enriching and character-building extra-curricular activity. This forms a part of their efforts to make the UK education system a world-leader in character education.

While this policy is to be welcomed, there are a number of questions about what it might look like in practice – and in particular whether provision will add to teachers’ workload or be delivered in partnership.

‘Character by Doing’ was a 12-month pilot project that sought to tackle the barriers to character education through non-formal educational methods by giving educators and adult volunteers in Scouting the confidence to work in partnership.

This project tested delivery models of Scouting with schools in deprived areas, evaluating their successes and their impacts on participants across a range of outcomes. The evaluation report provides new evidence on the impact of non-formal learning, as well as lessons for providers and schools who are seeking to work together to develop character.

If you are interested in attending this event, please send an email to [email protected], providing us with details of your organisation and role.