Eastbrook Primary: Starting our Character Education Journey

When I became the Head Teacher of Eastbrook Primary, Dagenham, in September 2018, it was fair to say that behaviour was poor. This led to several issues, including a lot of lost learning time. We quickly recognised the need for change. One of the actions undertaken, was to ask all pupils, parents and staff to... 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 →

Character Educator in Focus: Maddie Ruppel

Maddie Ruppel is a First Lieutenant in the US Army with a specialty of Military Intelligence. She currently works as the Aide-de-Camp for a senior leader and has also worked as a Battalion Intelligence Officer and an Intelligence Operations Officer. Maddie is entering her second year of studies in the Jubilee Centre's MA Character Education programme... Continue Reading →

An Ode to Assemblies

Covid-19 may have temporarily stopped the traditional, gathered assembly but, encouragingly, many schools have continued to offer ‘assemblies’ online – recognising their centrality to school life and their role in wellbeing and community. Even Oak National Academy, the government’s flagship provider of online lessons, has been broadcasting a weekly, national assembly with some high profile... Continue Reading →

Character Educator in Focus: Quintin Robinson

Dr. Quintin Robinson is an Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University. In this blog, Dr. Robinson explains how character is relevant to his teaching within the School of Education and Counseling Psychology and how studying on the MA Character Education has influenced this. What is your role at Santa Clara and how is character relevant... Continue Reading →

Character Educator in Focus: Imani Clough

In this blog, Director and Founder of Imani Academy, Imani Clough, reflects on the MA Character Education and the work of Imani Academy. Imani explains how her studies have helped her to develop the holistic well-being and character of the young people she works with. Why did you decide to study on the MA Character... Continue Reading →

Understanding Impact and Influence: NatCen Report

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues (JCCV) recently commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) to undertake an independent survey of schools that were ‘subscribed’ to character education. The report (Iyer, Albakari and Smith, 2020) provides evidence that supports the Jubilee Centre notion that prioritising character education in schools supports pupils in their... Continue Reading →

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