On Monday 10th October 2016, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge lent his support to a new and pioneering national character education scheme to help school children develop an inner strength for life.
The SkillForce Character Award pilot programme has started this term at 37 primary and secondary schools in England, Scotland, and Wales, and involves 1,013 pupils aged five to 14-years-old. The award programme has been developed with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, and involves practical activities and challenges, inside and outside of the classroom.
Professor James Arthur, Director, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, commented: “We at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues are delighted to work with SkillForce as their key academic partner for this character award. This award will help five to 14-year-olds across Britain develop essential virtues including inner strength, the ability to make good and wise choices, compassion, self control, leadership and most importantly practical wisdom that is essential for human flourishing.”
In launching the SkillForce Character Award at the 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala dinner in aid of SkillForce, HRH The Duke of Cambridge said: "SkillForce specialises in character education in primary and secondary schools, taking children who are otherwise struggling with their school lives through a programme of activity designed to teach them resilience, confidence, determination and discipline."
The Character Award programme is available on the SkillForce website here.
The SkillForce press release, including the full transcript of HRH The Duke of Cambridge's speech is available here.