The development of character is a crucial element of a trivium education for young people. Through our strong ethos and trivium teaching methods pupils develop confidence and resilience allowing them to communicate their knowledge effectively.
Through the Turton Touchstones, pupils can relate our core values to topical issues as well as their personal responses to moral and ethical dilemmas. The challenge for us is to create critical thinkers – philosopher kids – who have a responsibility towards themselves and others. We want to challenge pupils to question what they see and hear, especially in the mass media, be open minded and discuss thought-provoking and contentious issues with clarity and humanity.
Each department incorporates aspects of character education seamlessly into their schemes of work, taking the opportunity to discuss often contentious issues where possible. In this way, pupils develop their critical thinking along with compassion and empathy throughout their everyday experience in school.
Each half term brings a new theme for pastoral leads to focus on. This not only provides guidance for tutors to address a variety of topics in registration and assemblies, but links directly to our values in the Touchstones.
We believe Character Education should not be taught discretely. It is a fundamental and intrinsic part of a child’s education, helping them to flourish by developing the skills to lead a good life and contribute positively to society.
|Character Education Theme||Touchstones|
|The Good Life||Self-Awareness and development|
|What makes a hero?||Seeing the good in others / creativity|
|Our Global Community||Community and Belonging|
|Developing resilience and independence||Self-awareness and development|
|The dilemma of social media||Relatedness/community|
|Knowledge and Wisdom|
Turton School Library
Students are encouraged to use the library, which is open from 8.15- 4.00, for homework tasks in their free time with the librarian on hand to give assistance and encouragement. This enables them to develop the research skills, which are taught in library lessons from year 7 to 13, learning how to locate, select, use and reference information from both print and online sources without plagiarising. The wide-ranging book stock enhances learning and develops empathy skills as students read about people with different lifestyles.
A number of extra-curricular activities are on offer including author talks, reading groups, participating in the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award, Harry Potter Book Night and book quizzes. Inspirational talks by well-known authors motivate reluctant readers and encourage keen readers to try new genres. We enter the international Kids’ Lit Quiz competition every year and although we’ve never progressed beyond the UK finals the prospect of winning a week in another country competing in the world finals has our keenest readers reading everything they can find from classics to modern.
Volunteers are recruited to be student library assistants and participants in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme are able to choose helping in the library for their volunteering role. This gives them the chance to develop customer service and administrative skills as well as boosting their confidence dealing with students other than their friends. Students often volunteer in the library to be able to ‘give something back’ in return for the enrichment the library has given them.
Learning Resource Centre Manager
Pupils on the SEND register can access the Learning Support base to complete homework after school. The purpose of homework club is to allow students to complete additional work in a supported environment where they can access help and advice from Learning Support staff.
The club runs from 3-4pm Monday to Thursday.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is now in its sixtieth year and is Britain’s leading and most respected youth award. It’s not hard to see why. Young people who have completed an award, whether at the Bronze, Silver of Gold level, have shown that they have commitment, good teamwork and a strong community spirit. By completing the award they have shown they can not only stick at a physical activity for a period of time and put the effort into learning a new skill, but they have also volunteered their own time to help others. This is why a survey of Britain’s’ top employers in 2014 ranked a D of E award as the most respected non-academic qualification a job applicant could have.
The camping and expedition skills participants learn during their award will last a lifetime and enable them to enjoy the countryside in a responsible and respectful manner. Plus, to top it all, its good fun too.
For all these reasons and more, Turton School is proud to be a ‘Directly Licensed’ provider of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. We can help our student to enrol and complete all aspects of their awards while at the school. Currently, we begin enrolment for the Bronze Award during Year 9 and complete the expedition phase during Year 10 with two walking and camping weekends in the West Pennine Moors. Once students have completed their Bronze Award they can register for, and start completing, their Silver Award.
During Year 12 we have timetabled training sessions for the expeditions and compete two three day walking and camping expeditions in the Yorkshire Dales and then finally in the Lake District.
At Turton School we believe in developing the potential of each and every student. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is just one way our students can themselves develop and then demonstrate that potential.
D of E Centre Manager
School Productions and Character Education
The annual school production is now in its 11th year and has been of benefit to the character education of the hundreds of students who have chosen to take part either as performers or backstage crew. Whilst there is an audition process which helps to develop resilience and determination amongst participants, every student who wants to take part is welcomed on board, which fosters a fantastic group ethos and spirit.
Some students participate in the school production every year from Y7 to 13 and act as real role models for the younger students who are experiencing the demands of the production for the first time. Every rehearsal has such a supportive atmosphere and it a pleasure to watch young people from all year groups forming new friendships and helping each other to achieve things that they never believed possible.
Students develop their confidence, co-operation and communication skills at all points in the process and seize every opportunity to develop their positive character traits along the way including leadership, team work and discipline.
It is always a pleasure to work with dedicated and talented young people who help each other to be the best that they are able to be whilst having fun along the way.
Head of the Drama Department