Adam Ramgoolie,#iwill Ambassador and founder of Get2Learn, has been chair of our Education Summit for over a year. Find him on Twitter @RamgoolieAdam.

The final #iwill Education Summit of this academic year proved to be a fruitful and exciting one! Following exciting announcements from Ofsted to firmly recognise the importance of wellbeing and the social action in their inspection framework, we have moved on to addressing the Department for Education’s new commitment to character!

Through consultations with national organisations as well as roundtables with #iwill ambassadors, we have helped to shape how the DfE sees character, and how schools can best help to nurture character strengths – with co chair of our summit, Dame Julia Cleverdon, also sitting on DfE’s Character Advisory Group.

With commitments from the Church of England, the #iwill fund, Careers & Enterprise company and many more, we are excited to see how the education sector can focus more on what we know to be the most important product of an education – character development. We know from research conducted by firms across the careers sector that character is of greater value than qualifications. I’m excited to see how we can work to achieve system-wide change so as to ensure that every young person is equipped with the ‘character’ to help them make positive decisions about themselves and their lives, and to do so with confidence.

As my last time co-chairing the summit – as I leave for university in the US – I am prouder than ever to have had the privilege to be a part of such an exciting campaign. Nowhere else have I seen organisations across sectors rally around young people – committing and acting to create meaningful change and to see young people celebrated on equal platforms. From my first event, speaking at the 2018 Character Education Conference, to speaking as sole youth representatives at the RSA and Further Education Alliance, it has been my pleasure to represent young people on the most important issues affecting us today – and to do it with the banner of #iwill as our universal guiding principle!

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The #iwill Education Summit is held once per academic term, and brings together 60 plus #iwill education partners to drive forward the campaign’s work across the education sector. The group made up of partners working in and through schools and colleges, and focuses in particular on closing the socio-economic gap in participation in youth social action in schools. We also focus on how to ensure teachers, schools and colleges are best supported to embed youth social action across the curriculum.

Want to get involved? Email Senior Education Officer, Ella Cohen.

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