Oliver House has worked with the Association for Character Education, based at University of Birmingham and been involved in research and received awards for film and writing competitions.
The Association for Character Education was established in 2015 to respond to the growing interest in character education in Britain. It was established by a group of well-known headteachers, academics and other educationalists who recognised the desire of many schools to enhance their character education provision. ACE was founded on 18th May 2015 at a meeting in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham.
Oliver House was pleased to be consulted by the Centre for Character and Values at Birmingham University, and took part in the drafting of a government document on character teaching in schools. Demos is Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank who produce original research and publish original thinking. Demos produced a report providing a series of policy recommendations for government to ensure that character development is embedded across the educational system. In the report, Oliver House and The Laurels School were featured in the research. illustrating character education in practice.
In 2016 an Oliver House pupil in Year 4 was shortlisted and travelled to the Jubilee Centre at Birmingham University to be presented with his award in the national Thank You writing awards. Oliver House had 5 pupils commended for their letters.
The project is designed to serve as an exemplar of how to develop character traits in young people and aims to inspire excellence in others.
On Tuesday 10th March 2015, Oliver House pupils joined with over 200 young people to attended the Thank You Letter Award ceremony. The Thank You Letter Awards ran for the first time in 2015 and over 20,000 young people across the country participated. The awards encouraged young people to write a letter expressing their gratitude to someone who has made a difference in their life, with many writing about special family members, friends, historical figures, and professionals such as nurses. At the awards ceremony, the letters were displayed giving young people the opportunity to read about what other people were grateful for and special guest speaker, Olympic athlete Greg Rutherford, spoke about the people in his life he is most grateful for and why.
Oliver House Year 5 and Year 6 children entered and won a Jubilee Centre Film Award Competition 2013. The project was to produce a film on the theme of gratitude. Oliver House had two groups of pupils who were shortlisted out of 100 applications. Year 6 group were joint 1st, with a pupil from a school in Cornwall. Pupils attended a screening in Leicester Square and the school received a digital camera as the prize.
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