Character Educator in Focus: Tom Pole

The MA Character Education is a part-time distance learning programme run by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. The Centre is proud to welcome students from around the world who come from a range of sectors, including education (both formal and non-formal), voluntary and business. In this Virtue Insight blog, 3rd year MA Character... Continue Reading →

Virtues, Volunteering and Coronavirus

These are very strange times that we are living in - as I’m sure you have already noticed. It’s easy to feel overcome with anxiety and helplessness at the current situation the coronavirus outbreak has caused. However, there are things that we can all do to help one another, and, through doing so, help ourselves.... Continue Reading →

Character Building During Quarantine

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement, on the 20th of March, that all schools were to close for the foreseeable future, many parents and guardians will find themselves in a challenging and unprecedented situation. There are fantastic sources for academic support and ideas for educational activities, with many schools providing materials for their students. However, this... Continue Reading →

A Short Guide to Implementing a Whole-School Approach to Character Education

Why character education? As an NQT, I was admittedly rather naive to the pressures of accountably and external burdens on teachers’ performance and workload. Undeniably, teacher workload is at unprecedented levels, with the recent Department for Education (2019), Teacher Workload Survey showing teachers were working on average 49.5 hours a week. This plants a seed of doubt... Continue Reading →

How does the Religious Education Teachers and Character report contribute to our understanding of RE?

Through an empirical investigation, the recent publication of the Religious Education Teachers and Character report contributes to two ongoing debates in the academic literature surrounding RE. The first of these debates is whether subject material in RE should be morally neutral, and the second is whether RE teachers themselves should strive to be neutral or... Continue Reading →

A teacher’s response to the new Character Education Framework Guidance by the Department for Education

Recently, the Department for Education (DfE) released a new non-statutory Framework Guidance to schools on character education. The Framework Guidance is intended for use by school leaders and teachers when considering the rationale for character education and the practicalities of provision and delivery. Given that the new Ofsted Inspection Handbook recognises the importance of a... Continue Reading →

The Character Curriculum – Flourishing for Life: A taught course of character education for primary and secondary schools

Character Education in the UK Character education has received considerable attention within British educational debate over the last decade, most recently becoming a key objective in Ofsted’s new framework for schools. This recent inclusion in the Ofsted framework, under the personal development heading, requires schools to profile the activities and opportunities they are offering for... Continue Reading →

Is Character Really Just a Matter of Moral Intuitions?

Jonathan Haidt’s Social Intuitionist Model (SIM) is an innovative, popular scientific theory of morality that challenges character-based understandings of moral behavior. The SIM suggests that morality is primarily an intuitive process. It follows the well-evidenced dual process model of psychology, which specifies that we process our circumstances in two modes: a fast, automatic, unreflective cognitive-emotional... Continue Reading →

Virtues in Time Travel

Photo: Scholars from the disciplines of education, psychology and religious studies examine fragments of the Genizah, Cambridge University Library, February 2019. Those acquainted with character education will know that it is, in essence, nothing new. Indeed, the earliest surviving texts in many world cultures often concern virtues and how they should be acquired by the... Continue Reading →

Teachers’ Takes on new Ofsted Framework

In light of Ofsted launching the new Framework for the Inspection of Schools last week, we asked a number of former teachers working within the Centre to reflect on their memories of Ofsted inspections, and to consider the impact that the inclusion of character education as part of the new framework might have on school... Continue Reading →

Traditions at Christmas

This weekend marks the beginning of Advent and, for many, the start of the Christmas season in earnest (though I may have already indulged in an early mince pie or two and the occasional Starbucks ‘seasonal’ drink). This weekend, I’ll be putting up the tree, starting my advent calendar and looking forward to the many... Continue Reading →

Is Character all in the Genes?

A potentially serious threat to the ideas of character development and character education seems to have materialised with the publication of Robert Plomin’s much-publicised book, Blueprint (London: Allen Lane, 2018). The author has featured on BBC’s HardTalk and in a special BBC programme on character education, arguing for an extreme form of genetic determinism regarding... Continue Reading →

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