Research resource: Character Education in UK schools

There is a growing consensus in Britain that
virtues such as honesty, self-control, fairness,
gratitude and respect, which contribute to
good moral character, are part of the solution
to many of the challenges facing society today.
Research suggests that children and adults
live and learn better with good moral character
and that moral integrity can also have a positive
impact on performance in schools, professions,
and workplaces.


Schools across the world increasingly
understand the need to help their pupils to
cultivate virtues at a young age. Attainment
and grades form only a part of this bigger
perspective on education. However, until
recently, the materials required to deliver this
ambition have been largely missing in Britain.
The Jubilee Centre for Character and
Virtues, which forms part of the University of
Birmingham, aims to help solve this challenge.
As a world-leader in rigorous academic
research into character education, the Centre
operates on the basis that cultivating good
moral character is possible and practicable.
It is about equipping children and adults with
the ability to make wise decisions and lead
flourishing lives. The Jubilee Centre works
in partnership with schools and professional
bodies on projects that promote and
strengthen good moral character within
the contexts of family, schools, communities
and the wider employment scene.
Schools play a critical role in the formation of
young people, shaping the character of their
students. However, not much is known about
the current state of play in character education
within Britain.
The research project described in this report
represents one of the most extensive studies of
character education ever undertaken, including
over 10,000 students and 255 teachers in
schools across England, Scotland, Northern
Ireland and Wales. Research techniques
consisted of a mixture of surveys, moral
dilemmas and semi-structured interviews.

Read the full report here: Character_Education_in_UK_Schools

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