Teaching Character Through Subjects – the new government-funded character education resources – have been released. Matt Bawden explains what they are all about

“We will ensure a knowledge-rich curriculum is complemented by the development of the character traits and fundamental British values that will help children succeed.”
Educational Excellence Everywhere, Department for Education White Paper, March 2016

When the education secretary, Nicky Morgan, set out her vision for character education at the symposium held at the Floreat School in Wandsworth in January 2016, she echoed the prime minister’s Life Chances speech saying how important it is “to give every child the chance to dream big dreams, and the tools – the character, the knowledge and the confidence – that will let their potential shine brightly”.

This has now been followed less than two months later by the White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere. Deep within this document, in chapter 6, there are pages setting out the government’s vision for character education in the context of developing high expectations and a world-leading curriculum for all.

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