Two events for your diary

Two very important dates for your diary!
16th June  3.00 – 4.00 “A Conversation with Avis Glaze” at Glasgow University. This will be part of the Character Scotland Conference and spaces are very limited.
Book you place here 

9th September SELMAS/Postcards from Scotland Brains Trust
“The Challenges of Equity: What is the role of educational leaders in contributing to strategic, political and cultural change?”. Speakers will include Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood, Derek Brown, Head of Education at Fife Council and Danny Murphy, author of Schooling Scotland. 
The event will take place in the Malala Building , James Gillespies High School
57 Lauderdale Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH9 1DD

There will be no charge for this event. Places should be booked by emailing

Forthcoming international conference: Character Scotland

Character, Culture and Values is an international conference to be hosted by Character Scotland and partners in University of Glasgow on 15th and 16th June 2015. It will be the first event of its kind in Scotland, designed to explore and build on the continuing global shift towards character and values-based education.
The event has been curated by the charity’s Executive Officer, Gary Walsh, with the support of an advisory group involving Education Scotland, GTCS, SQA, Improvement Service (COSLA), Scottish Youth Parliament, Keep Scotland Beautiful, CBI Scotland, Investors in People, University of Glasgow and the Jubilee Centre in the University of Birmingham. Keynote speakers include Dr Avis Glaze, Prof Marvin Berkowitz, the Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors and Josh Littlejohn. Participation in the event comes at a grant-subsidised fee of £90 for full registration or £50 for day registration.
Character Scotland has identified and established a strong community of interest in the area of character and values education in Scotland, particularly among schools, youth organisations and wider learning communities. The charity has found that teachers are particularly interested in furthering theirs and their pupils’ learning and achievement of positive outcomes in this area, not just in terms of personal wider achievement and employability skills, but also in supporting pupils to understand that the purpose of going to school is to develop themselves as people, reaffirming the formative nature of education itself.
The event comes at a time when this agenda is gaining international traction: countries around the world including Japan, India, USA, Portugal, UK, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Malaysia are currently implementing explicit character education curricula. The OECD has committed in the long term to the agenda of social and emotional skills with a research project designed to further illuminate how and why human attributes such as perseverance, empathy, and creativity link so strongly with positive life outcomes.  This conference represents an opportunity for educators in Scotland to explore how we take values, skills and attributes, including the four capacities, into account and how we can strengthen our collective ability to deliver outcomes in these vital areas.
The ambition of the conference organisers is to have representation at the event from every Local Authority area in Scotland and would therefore very much appreciate your support in sharing details of the event. Please encourage your colleagues to attend by forwarding the attached brochure and directing them to for further details. Any questions can be directed to
Best wishes,
Gary Walsh
Executive Officer | Character Scotland

Character Scotland and SELMAS discussion 27th January 2015

On Wednesday 27th January a group of educators from various sectors gathered in the rather splendid surroundings of the court room, University of Strathclyde for a discussion of the manifestations of character in educational practice. Margaret Alcorn of SELMAS chaired the evening and introduced speakers from higher education (Dr Joan Mowat), the Improvement Service (Colin Mair) and Kilmarnock Academy (Ben Davis) . Gary Walsh of Character Scotland introduced the evening and gave a summary of his recent survey. The speakers kindly let us record their talks.

Ben Davis gave a fascinating and inspiring account of the work  going on in his school to develop character through strong ethos and creating a culture of love and care -making no apologies for the terminology. Listen to Ben’s talk here:


This is a capture of the St Joseph’s manifesto, written by a group of S4 students:

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Colin Mair, Chief Executive of the Improvement Service discussed schools as a force for good within the context of the wider systems within which we operate- again he gave a lively and insightful perspective on these significant and strategic  issues which you can listen to here: