Our colleagues at Bath Rugby Foundation have just announced some fantastic news. They and the Stickability literacy programme have won a south-west regional award in the Department for Education’s (DfE) Character Awards. Just 27 schools and organisations across the UK have won the award this year. It adds a further £15,000 towards funding the programme, which has helped over 800 pupils so far.
These awards recognise those schools and organisations who are working to prepare young people for life in modern Britain. The Foundation was praised by the DfE judging panel for developing the character traits, attributes and behaviours that underpin success in school and work.
Announcing the winners of the Character Awards, the Secretary of State for Education said that funding initiatives ensures pupils develop resilience and grit, helping them to stay on the right track once they leave school – improving their employment chances and increasing their participation in society.
The awards are designed to highlight the most effective ways of ensuring pupils leave school ready for life in modern Britain. The winners were chosen by a panel of experts and they all had to display evidence that their work has improved pupils’ future outcomes from exam results to behaviour, attendance or job prospects.
This success comes after The Consortium announced they are funding the programme for a further 2 years, as well as providing volunteers to work alongside Bath Rugby Foundation in the delivery of Stickability to schools across the south-west.
We wish Bath Rugby Foundation Education Manager Vicky Heslop well when she attends the awards ceremony in London on March 16th where she will receive the award from the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan..
Anyone interested in volunteering for Stickability should contact Laura Smith.