Eleanor Busby

Want to measure character? There’s an app for that

Technology allows teachers to monitor pupils’ grit and problem-solving by awarding credits in real time

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Developing grit and character in pupils, as championed by former education secretary Nicky Morgan, is increasingly becoming a priority in our schools system. But as with most “soft skills”, the problem or teachers is, how do you know if you are making a difference?

Now, for the first time in the UK, a school will attempt to measure pupils’ character – grit and problem-solving – in real time to ensure that they continuously display and develop these vital skills. Staff and students at Pendle Vale College in Lancashire will be able to give pupils who display certain behaviours instant credit by ...

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