Character and resilience manifesto

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Paterson, Chris; Tyler, Claire; Lexmond, Jen
Publisher
CentreForum
Date of publication
1 February 2014
Subject(s)
Children and Young People, Social Policy
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Why do some talented children grow up to fulfil their ambitions while others never realise their full potential? How do we create a country in which a person’s life chances are determined by their talent, not the circumstances of their birth? These are some of the difficult questions that this Character and Resilience Manifesto aims to tackle.

There is growing evidence linking life chances to things beyond just test scores – that is ‘non-cognitive’ skills. In simple terms, these are attributes such as a belief in one’s ability to succeed, the perseverance to stick with a task and the ability to bounce back from life’s inevitable setbacks. This Manifesto contains the best policies to enhance Character and Resilience across the life course. In doing so, it is both a ‘call to arms’ to policy makers and an attempt to begin a wider national conversation on how developing Character and Resilience can help break down the stubborn blight of social immobility and enable people from every walk of life to realise their full potential.

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