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Government grants aim to promote resilience and respect


Education providers in England are being invited to apply for ‘character grants’ worth £6m.

The Department for Education initiative is aimed at increasing the number of children aged five to 16 involved in activities and experiencing environments that promote character education and traits such as resilience and respect.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said: “Instilling positive character traits and academic excellence are two sides of the same coin ­– children that develop resilience are far more likely to succeed, not only in school but in later life too.

“Whether it’s fencing classes, debating clubs or drama societies, I want schools across the country to seize the opportunity to help their pupils thrive by broadening the range of activity that they offer.”

Organisations have until 23 June to submit a proposal for grant funding. Grants are expected to be awarded by the end of September.