Character Educator in Focus: David Church

David Church David Church is an award-winning teacher (Professional Teaching Awards, Cymru) and Head of Religious Studies at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School (MACS), Wales. Character education and social action at MACS has resulted in multiple awards, honours and once in a lifetime experiences for pupils. Character Education and Social Action at MACS As a teacher... Continue Reading →

Character Educator in Focus: Maureen Spelman

Maureen Spelman currently serves as a Visiting Professor in Educational Leadership and the Coordinator of Character Initiatives at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Supported by the funding of the Kern Family Foundation, Maureen is completing her second year in the Jubilee Centre’s MA Character Education programme. Maureen Spelman, Ed. D. As part of my... Continue Reading →

Character in the Corpus: Corpus and Character

Character Fiction, particularly literary fiction, does not shy away from reflecting on its own practice and purpose. Yet very few texts discuss the character educating possibilities of literature in so upfront a way as Robert Graves’s Goodbye to All That (one of our A-level set texts), which argues that the particularly moral flavour of English... Continue Reading →

Character in the Corpus: Corpus and Virtue

What’s in a corpus? As language is our primary means of social interaction, the way by which we codify morality and the fundamental material of literacy, linguistics offers a useful suite of tools for learning. An instructive approach by which to undertake an examination of literacy is ‘corpus linguistics’. A corpus is essentially a collection... Continue Reading →

Character Educator in Focus: Erika Elkady

Since 2011, Erika Elkady has been Secondary Head of Jumeira Baccalaureate School (JBS) in Dubai, UAE. JBS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Continuum School which became the first Kitemark School of Character outside the UK in November 2020. Erika is currently in her third year of study on the MA Character Education. In this blog, she discusses... Continue Reading →

What Is Civic Virtue Today?

News outlets over the course of this pandemic have oscillated between being somewhat unforgiving of young people and decrying missed opportunities in relation to their education. There are positive data demonstrating that young people are eager to engage in voluntary work, as well as critical commentaries about students carelessly spreading COVID-19 in university towns and... Continue Reading →

Character Educator in Focus: Gail Peyton

Gail Peyton is a Regional Director for Primary Education in Birmingham, and a student on the MA Character Education programme. In this blog, Gail discusses how professional development focused on the character of the teacher might support teachers to fulfil their roles as character educators. Gail Peyton I currently work for a large MAT as... Continue Reading →

Character in the Corpus: Article #1

Over the coming months, the ‘Character in the Corpus’ series will take the body of prose fiction set at A-level to investigate how these texts represent virtue along with accompanying classroom resources that provide practical suggestions as to how these texts can be used in virtue literacy. Literature has been a source for numerous character... Continue Reading →

Character Educator in Focus: Louise Simpson

Image Credit: SG Haywood Photography Louise Simpson is Head of Exeter School and is currently in her second year of study on the MA Character Education. In this blog, Louise discusses Exeter School’s approach to character education. Louise Simpson Recently returned from 6 years of international headship in a large co-educational day school in São... Continue Reading →

A New Poll Reveals Challenges to Moral Character in Present-Day Policing in the UK

As part of the ongoing research project, Virtues in Policing, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues commissioned a poll of 406 police officers, conducted by Portland Communications in January 2021. The poll reflects current demographics of UK police officers reasonably well, although it is slightly skewed towards female, ethnically diverse, London-based and junior officers.... Continue Reading →

Character Educator in Focus: Michael Hahn

Michael Hahn, Ph.D., program director (right), Nancy Erickson, assistant program director (center), and Antar Salim, D.B.A., business administration program (left), discuss plans for Saint Mary's character and virtue education. Michael Hahn is Assistant Professor and Program Director of Character and Virtue Education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Alongside his role at Saint Mary’s, Michael... Continue Reading →

Character Educator in Focus: Bindu Rai

This month’s Character Educator in Focus is Bindu Rai. Bindu serves as Headteacher of Hindu faith school, Krishna Avanti Primary School, in Edgware. The School is part of the Avanti Schools Trust. Bindu has been teaching for 28 years in a variety of school settings within the London boroughs of Newham, Brent and Harrow. In... Continue Reading →

Character Educator in Focus: Carole Jones

This month’s Character Educator in Focus is Carole Jones, an experienced Headteacher who passionately leads Yeading Junior School in Hayes. Carole enjoys working with the wider community and has developed partnerships which have enhanced opportunities for the school. She has modelled the development of leadership amongst the children and viewed character through the lens of... Continue Reading →

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