Imagine a school that expected its students to become literate without any formal instruction. Would they become fluent readers or would you expect gaps in their understanding? Most parents would be alarmed by such an approach. However, this has been the default method for the development of character in the majority of schools.

Why then do many of us assume that good behaviour or sound character formation is caught rather than taught? What makes character development different from any other area of learning?

As a teacher and Primary School Headteacher I have found that the development of a child’s moral literacy is strongly influenced by learning the basic building blocks of good character such as consideration, truthfulness, courage, honour and many other qualities which are known as virtues, qualities or character traits.

What’s the difference between virtues and values? I’ll be exploring this question in my next post.