Character Education is becoming part of everyday life in schools. We continue to read online and in the educational press about pastoral, social and moral care for pupils.There is more and more being written about how teachers could help their pupils develop good character traits as well as teaching them their academic work.
Earlier this year BBC Radio 4 devoted a hour a day for a week to good manners. In America, Character Education is becoming everyday school life and even described as vital. It is now really beginning to take root here in the United Kingdom. The UK government pledged £3.5 million in 2015 towards projects for Character Education. This year there are further grants available for schools and organisations who are helping pupils broaden learning experiences and boosting good character traits.
Character Education was brilliantly described to me by James O’Shaughnessy of Floreat Education . He sees it as ‘a process, a thorough and long-term attempt to develop virtue throughout school life. It is necessarily comprehensive and driven by teachers modelling good character.’
Indeed Wellington College hosts the Festival of Education (on 23/24 June 2016) where of course the brilliant Sir Anthony Seldon was the Headmaster and forefather of happiness education in this country. There is even a worldwide conference happening in Dallas in July IPEN, the International Positive Education Network. It is all fabulous stuff.
There are some fun teen journals and some wonderfully creative colouring books but there is one notebook that is Flying the Flag for Character Education.It is already published, it is called Wisdom While You Work: An Inspirational Notebook . It highlights many of the topics, and more, that are discussed within the positive development of children’s characters. It is a guide to enhance best character traits with everyday values and codes for life. It should be seen as the handbook to Character Education in the UK, helping parents and schools roll out these values. Already selling into schools and totalling over 1500 copies sold, this notebook from which the pupils can enjoy and learn is essential for all young people today.
Due to popular demand from schools and others I have had my Wisdom While You Work pages made into postcards.
The schools want to use them as revision cards so they are lined on the front and the back.A lot of research with my forum of young people resulted in these cards so I hope they will be really popular. I am just organising them to go on the website. All very exciting.
THE “MUST HAVE” BOOK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN 2016.
I am hoping you could run a piece about the huge interest my book is creating with parents, teachers and the young. It is a positive and upbeat book about communication, understanding and core values. The book is a moral guide with help and suggestions for young people. It is a notebook they can use every day.
Wisdom While You Work started off as a letter to my godchildren and ended up as a book I have had to reprint already!
It was published in September and I have done all the marketing and distribution myself and have sold over 1000 copies! I attended gift fairs, school fairs and it is being sold via Amazon and Waterstones online also via my website https://wisdomwhileyouwork.com/
The thrilling part of the story is that schools are now buying it! This is a direct result of me attending the Schools fair in London in November. Teachers are using it as a notebook in PSHE classes, pastoral care, for assemblies, rewards and prize giving.
It has also been bought by rehab clinics, doctors, social-clubs and is perfect wherever young people need motivation, positivity and to understand more about core values.
In 2016 my plan is to market it to every school in the country, book clubs, youth clubs, anywhere young people are gathering. There are special discounts for schools and larger orders. I am also looking to team up with a charity.
Here, is a link to the website. You can see inside the book on a video on the “About the Book” page. https://wisdomwhileyouwork.com/
I really feel it is a piece of good news in this difficult time the world is having. I attach some more pieces about it for your information. Scroll down. I would be really pleased if you can let me know what you think? I look forward to hearing from you.
Libbla Kelly Author – Wisdom While You Work – Mobile 07778 299149
Annabel at the fantastic Country Wives has kindly written about my book.
They have a fab website offering daily inspiration for women on all sorts of subjects.
It is really worth a look.
Thank you girls for your kind words about my book.
I have added a page called Book reviews as people have constantly been emailing me kind words about the book. I thought I would share them with you. See BOOK REVIEWS on the website navigation bar 3rd along from the left!
With slight in-trepidation I packed up boxes for my first Christmas sale. This is the first time I had been out to sell my books to the public and I was amazed at the positive reaction. I thought I would sell 15 or 20 books. To my surprise and delight I sold over 40 books and came home totally elated! Not only that, it was for MacMillan Cancer Relief so felt even better!
Hi- if you know anyone teaching PSHE, it seems my book is a winner for them. As one teacher put it “Wisdom While You Work has every thing you want your teenage pupils to know all in one book!”
Pass it on!