Julie Mansfield, Educational Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Primary Education
Given the current global climate of political, societal and environmental uncertainty, the drive to ensure that education leads the way to create a better future for the world is in the spotlight. This book is timely: the powerful collaboration of academic, published scholars and professional practitioners at Yeading Junior School offers the reader an optimistic perspective through character education. The preface provides clear definitions and the historical perspective whilst, in the main chapters, staff openly and generously share their values, rationale and inspirational practice. The extent, depth and variety of endeavours of all stake holders as social agents of change for the better must be championed. Most importantly, the strength of pupil voice; the impact on pupil confidence and achievement is an incentive to investigate the virtues of character education. Finally, the reader is challenged to analyse and question the arguments presented so that this is not seen as a panacea or tag on "cure all" for the future. All teachers will find this book of great interest and be able to absorb some very practical strategies and insights; also, members of senior leadership teams would find this an invaluable resource.