There’s a big welcome from Whole Education for the announcement from the Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan, of a £5m fund to support schools to develop character, through school sports, debating and other activities inside and outside the curriculum.
Whole Education schools have for some time been focused on the both/and: on developing character, resilience and wellbeing, while at the same time delivering on exam results; developing local curriculum in the space that the national curriculum leaves for schools.
While it is welcome, £5m will not go very far across 20,000 schools in England. What we need are smart system solutions to this problem, devised by school leaders and teachers for whom a fully rounded education is what they are aiming to give to all their pupils. There is no single way to do this and schools in the Whole Education Network are developing a range of approaches.
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