Character Education at EHPS
"Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education." Martin Luther King Jr
Character is a set of personal traits or dispositions that guide our behaviour and conduct. Character education helps children to develop positive personal strengths known as virtues. We aim to help children to understand how to act in situations for the right ethical reasons. Children are encouraged to think about the person they wish to become and to learn to choose their actions appropriately.
Virtues are key to fulfilling an individual’s potential and it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of them. We have identified 5 core virtues for EHPS which are central to our ethos and underpin everything we do:
Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Honesty and Kindness
We are committed and determined to develop the character of all children who attend EHPS, and every adult who works here is expected to be a good role model of character, using the language of virtues and demonstrating through their actions what it looks like to have good character. Character is often referred to as behaving like you would if no one was watching. Doing the right thing does not always need to be rewarded or acknowledged – feeling good inside and knowing you have done the right thing should be motivating enough.
We do, however, acknowledge when children demonstrate virtues in action – staff and children are encouraged to use virtue literacy when solving problems in learning situations or behaviour. Star of the Week certificates are awarded for children who have demonstrated a virtue.
Another strong part of our ethos is Growth Mindset. Having a growth mindset means that you believe that the abilities and qualities you are born with can be developed and cultivated through application, effort, experience and practice. Challenge is merely an opportunity to learn and grow, and when we make mistakes we learn and grow from them. We regularly remind the children the motto: “I can’t do it … YET.”
"The virtues taught here really help in building good character." Parent Survey 2018 - 2019