Ofsted Outstanding

Building Character for Learning at Babington


Building character for learning (BC4L) is an important strategy at Babington aimed at supporting our students to achieve the best possible outcomes.  It is a strategy that permeates all areas of the college and focusses primarily on building traits that support our students in becoming resilient, happy and confident learners equipped with the necessary skills and character traits to be successful now and in the future.

The strategy assumes that students are likely to be resilient as a learner if they:

  • are restorative in approaches to others
  • are equipped
  • have stamina
  • are in the zone (or immersed)
  • are literate
  • can be independent
  • can evaluate
  • are numerate
  • are creative
  • are enterprising and employable

To support the development of these BC4L traits in lessons teachers share BC4L lesson objectives with students. Students who show exceptional performance in one or more of the BC4L traits can be awarded a BC4L reward card which gives them points towards end of term trips and is entered in a monthly house prize draw.  Points from the BC4L reward cards also contribute to the house BC4L competition. 

BC4L is also linked to our reporting cycle.  Students will be graded bronze, silver, gold or diamond by class teachers for the BC4L character traits they display in lessons.  The grade descriptors for reporting are outlined below:


Always demonstrates the full range of resilience traits, showing that they are an exceptionally resilient learner who confidently leads their own learning and the learning of others; leads by example.


Regularly exceeds the BC4L objectives set by the teacher, regularly demonstrating a wide range of resilience traits.


Always meets the BC4L objectives of the lesson and sometimes exceeds these by demonstrating additional resilience traits.


Regularly meets the BC4L objectives of the lesson, showing that they are a resilient learner.

Following the collation of the reports students will be awarded a BC4L badge (bronze, silver, gold or diamond) linked to the BC4L grades on their reports.  Students awarded a diamond award will be invited to join the BC4L Diamond Club and will become a BC4L Student Champion. 

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