Honiton college to benefit from government education grant
PUBLISHED: 11:30 29 April 2015
The £193,784 cash boost has come from the Department for Education's Character Education Grant.
Honiton Community College (HCC) is one of five secondary schools in East Devon to benefit from a six-figure grant.
The £193,784 cash boost has come from the Department for Education’s Character Education Grant.
HCC, Clyst Vale Community College, The Axe Valley Community College, The King’s School and Sidmouth College formed a consortium in 2014 with the aim of developing inspiring opportunities for students at key stage four and five through sharing expertise and resources.
The five schools were awarded the grant to pilot a character-building programme.
Mr Glenn Smith, principal of HCC, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for our students, and those in East Devon, but, more importantly, I believe the project will enrich our whole community. Good or better emotional wellbeing is fundamental to success in education, and adult life.
“This is a proactive initiative to ensure success for all remains our mission.”
The programme will focus on four key character traits of resilience, leadership, community and curiosity.
This will be done through a range of approaches including mentoring, volunteering, sport and outdoor education, enrichment and enterprise activities.
It will also train staff in effective approaches to building character and developing resilience.
The project aims to ensure that all learners can access these opportunities, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who need more help developing their own emotional well-being and confidence.
Student progress will be tracked and rewarded through an award scheme.
The programme aims to partner with local organisations and businesses, such as the Met Office and universities.