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Character & Citizenship

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In Ai Tong School, the goal of Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) is for students to learn and grow into an active citizen of good character as well as to foster national cohesion and cultivate a sense of emotional belonging to Singapore.
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The framework encapsulates the objectives, spirit and approach of CCE in Ai Tong School. The framework is undergirded by our school values.

The Head, Hand, Heart approach is used for our key programmes such as National Education (NE), Character and Citizenship Education (CCE), Values-in-action (VIA), Social Studies (SS) and Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP). They are in place to inculcate values and develop competencies in our students so as to develop them into upright individuals and useful citizens.  

In engaging the “Head”, students will be involved in their own learning to acquire skills, knowledge and dispositions to overcome challenges and turning them into opportunities as well as to think and reflect on their experiences to better internalise them.

In engaging the “Heart”, students will appreciate the history and heritage that make Singapore unique in her own way through various platforms. Students will learn to embrace differences as positives making Singapore a more vibrant, connected and strong society.

In engaging the “Hands”, students will have opportunities to give back to society and play their part to contribute in the building a better Singapore.

The “Head, Hand, Heart approach is guided by the four principles of quality, ownership, customisation and coherence. For all programmes, we emphasise on quality, greater ownership by the different groups of stakeholders, the need to customise and differentiate programmes to cater for varying needs, interest and maturity levels of the students and to ensure coherence in the programmes we have.

The outer-most ring represents our four key groups of stakeholders that are involved, namely students, teachers, parents and partners. Everyone plays a part in CCE.

Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) in Ai Tong School

The goal of CCE is to inculcate values and build competencies in our students to develop them to be good individuals and useful citizens.

CCE is central to the Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes. It emphasises the interconnectedness of the core values, social and emotional competencies and civic literacy, global awareness and cross-cultural skills that are critical for character and citizenship development of our students. (See figure below)


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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) forms the next layer of the framework. It is the acquisition of skills needed to recognise and manage emotions, develop care and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships and handle challenging situations effectively. SEL is a critical part of our students’ learning to prepare them to live and work as adults in the 21st Century. SEL is taught within the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum in schools. Together with the Core Values, SEL form an integral part of MOE’s Framework for 21st Century Competencies and Student Outcomes.