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Published on 22 July 2020

H2I Launches Character Education Programme - Paul Maginnis

H2I Launches Character Education Programme - Paul Maginnis

Character education is firmly on the government’s agenda. Throughout the last few years there have been a number of policy announcements in this area, including character education’s newly found prominence in Ofsted’s Education Framework. 

 

In recent times, there has been a clear tension and debate about the purpose of education. Many parents, schools and professionals have argued against the one sized fits all academic route for young people and many consider schools to be ‘exam factories’ rather than places of holistic learning. This is not to denigrate in any way the importance of learning core subjects but simply a recognition that young people learn in different ways. 

 

In response to this, the government have sought to change the emphasis on not ‘just’ academic success but to also focus on upskilling vocational education. Alongside this is the worry that there has too often been a lack of focus on developing our young people’s social skills through character education. A recent review of extra-curricular activities by the Social Mobility Commission found a strong link between soft skills and success in the workplace. This research has led us to emphasise a career focus in all elements of this programme. 

 

Introducing a Character Education Programme throughout Homes2Inspire will be crucial to improving our young people’s ‘stickability’ throughout their life. Our internal Character Education Programme will be based on the five pillars set out by the government: 

 

1. Sport

Includes competitive sport and activities such as running, martial arts, swimming and purposeful recreational activities, such as rock climbing, hiking, yoga or learning to ride a bike.

2. Creativity

Involves all creative activities from coding, arts and crafts, writing, graphic design, film making and music composition.

3. Performing

Activities could include dance, theatre and drama, musical performance, choir, debating or public speaking.

4. Volunteering & Membership

Brings together teams for practical action in the service of others or groups, such as volunteering, litter-picking, fundraising, any structured youth programmes or uniformed groups.

5. World of work

Practical experience of the world of work, work experience or entrepreneurship. For primary age children, this may involve opportunities to meet role models from different jobs.

 

Our Character Education Programme will comprise of a series of workbooks. They will include a range of different activties, such as: videos, quizzes, interactive games, PowerPoints and much more. All of which will have a focus on the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks. They will be for a variety of age groups and our keyworkers will take the lead on delivering these sessions.

 

Our themes include:

 

Careers in Animals

Careers in Sports

Careers in Music

Health and Fitness

Creative Writing

Soft skills sessions

Volunteering

University Support

Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Jobs

Training Courses

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Our Education Team
Paul Maginnis - Senior Education Engagement Coordinator

Paul joined Homes2Inspire in June 2016. Prior to joining Homes2Inspire, Paul worked as an employability adviser helping NEET young people into employment, education and training. Paul is a qualified careers adviser has a passion for helping young people fulfil their potential, whether it be academically or vocationally.

Angela Day - Education Engagement Coordinator

Angela has worked in secondary school settings since 2009 working predominately in pastoral management. In this role Angela worked alongside social services, pupil referral units and various alternative provisions. Moving onto a position as Careers and Business Enterprise Coordinator in 2017 Angela qualified as a careers adviser before joining Homes2Inspire in April 2019.

Laura Trow - Education Engagement Coordinator

Laura joined Homes2Inspire in January 2020. Laura has a degree in Youth and Community Development as well as a PGCE in Further Education. Laura has worked with young people for 12 years in different educational settings, including schools, colleges and prisons. Laura’s previous roles have given her experience in pastoral care, IAG and course design and delivery.