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: