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Character education: Introducing virtue

In a new monthly series of best practice articles exploring character education, expert Matt Bawden asks what aspects of character should be central to our education system and details a new DfE-backed pilot project to teach character through the curriculum

“Good character is the foundation for improved attainment and human flourishing.” A Framework for Character Education in Schools, The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

Character education is far from new. We are currently experiencing a growth in societal awareness over its importance and relevance, and we are seeing how character education may help us to make modern life all it might be.

At the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, we have been researching character education since we officially formed in 2012.

The Jubilee Centre is the largest research centre in the world dedicated to moral character and virtues. We have 30 staff, many are researchers, and many engage in work with and around schools. Our website is a hub of research and practical information with materials covering the length and breadth of the field in the UK and worldwide.

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