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Character education: Assuring quality

Continuing his regular series exploring character education, Matt Bawden looks at the difficult area of how we can assure the quality and impact of character education

“A well-educated child or young person should be well-rounded, with a range of interests, a real sense of character and grit, equipped for adult life.”
Nicky Morgan, secretary of state for education, November 2015.

In previous articles for SecEd we have explored what we mean by “character” across four domains: civic, intellectual, performance, and importantly moral virtues or key character qualities. Then we looked at a process for creating character education in schools based around Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar (see further information for link).

This time we begin to explore a key issue with character education – how we assure it is of high quality.

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