Character Education

What is Character Education?

The DfE define Character as ‘a set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that inform motivation and guide conduct so that students reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others. This gives students the qualities they need to flourish in our society.’ 

At Sunbury Manor School our ultimate aim is to support our students to achieve excellence in character, aspire to develop into morally responsible citizens who are able to positively influence their community.


  • To raise achievement through increased motivation.
  • To promote inclusion and equality of opportunity.
  • To encourage participation in, and commitment to extended learning.
  • To develop and enhance employability skills, attitudes and attributes.

There are five key “Building Blocks of Character” as defined by the Jubilee Centre. (See below)

Characture Education graph


Sunbury Manor provides educational experiences in and out of the classroom that equip students with the language, knowledge, understanding, skills, and attributes that enable character development.

Weekly tutor time Character Education sessions for all year groups are designed and created to address all facets of personal development and deliver personal growth of our key values, and all the character virtues, in all our students

Dedicated curriculum time for KS3-4 for our personal development offer through Life Skills lessons.

Assembly programmes coherently link personal development (Tutor Time and Life Skills and topical, cultural events / dates) together to continuously re-visit our key values.