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Dame Julia Cleverdon and Michael Lynas Launch A Habit of Service Report

22/11/17

Dame Julia Cleverdon, Co-founder of Step up to Serve and Michael Lynas, CEO of National Citizen Service launched the Jubilee Centre’s new research report A Habit of Service to 170 delegates at the Tower of London on 22nd of November. The delegates included policy makers and representatives from education and charities.

The report, which was conducted in partnership with the #iwill campaign, is the largest known study of its kind on youth social action and reports on evidence gathered from over 4,500 16-20 year olds about the factors that are associated with young people that have made a habit of service.

The event also celebrated the 50 new #iwill ambassadors and the publication of the new #iwill brochure and included a presentation from 2016 ambassador Naomi Lea, who spoke about her journey in social action.  

You can download the full report here.

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Jubilee Centre Staff Present at AME Annual Conference

14/11/17

Staff from the Jubilee Centre recently presented papers at the 43rd Association for Moral Education’s Annual Conference in St Louis, Missouri. On the 2nd November, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson gave two presentations; the first was titled ‘The Relevance of Aristotle’s Megalopsychia for Contemporary Debates in Moral Education’. The other presentation was as part of a symposium discussing Professor Marvin Berkowitz’s contribution to character development and education and was titled ‘The Closet Philosopher’. On 3rd November, Dr. David Walker and Professor Stephen Thoma presented a paper titled, ‘Assessing Ethical Reasoning Among Junior British Army Officers’ and Research Fellow Dr. Daniel Moulin-Stozek presented a paper on virtue, titled, ‘A Social Theory of Virtue and its Implications for Character Education’

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Character Education in Mexico

14/11/17

Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison presented to over a thousand parents, teachers and policy makers from Central and South America at two conferences in Guadalajara in Mexico.  On 9th November, Professor Arthur gave the key note address at the Interaxion National Congress at Universidad Panamericana. His presentation was titled ‘Character Education: The Virtue at the Centre of Adolescent's Life’.  At the same event Dr. Harrison gave a presentation about educational approaches to cultivating cyber-phronesis in children and young people, titled ‘Flourishing Online: Character, Virtue and the Digital Lives of Young People’. In addition Prof. Arthur and Dr. Harrison also gave a joint presentation titled 'Character Matters' at the FAPACE 4th National Congress. FAPACE is a national organisation for parents in Mexico and the conference was called Education in the Digital Era.

During the trip Prof. Arthur and Dr. Harrison also visited a school that has recently revised its curriculum to place character education at its heart.  The school are using the Jubilee Centre Framework and resources to develop their strategy.  The visit to Mexico demonstrated the strong interest in character education in Central and South America.

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Flourishing From the Margins launched by MD of Rathbone Training UK

26/10/17

On 26th October 2017, Ian Webber, Managing Director of Rathbone Training UK, launched the Jubilee Centre’s new research report Flourishing From the Margins in the Senate Chamber of the University of Birmingham. The report draws on insights from nearly 3,250 young people from mainstream and non-mainstream, marginalised and non-marginalised educational backgrounds; including state secondary schools, academies, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Youth Offender Institutions, youth training organisations, and football academies. The study provides large-scale empirical data and in-depth qualitative data on young people’s perspectives of their own sense of purpose, factors influencing their impressions of living a ‘good life’, and their sense of character development. This report aims to give a ‘voice’ to young people on the margins of education.

    

The press release accompanying the report can be found here.

The research report was featured in the Times Educational Supplement and Aidan Thompson, report author, wrote the Birmingham Brief on 26th October.

In addition to the research report, a film was produced to capture the 'voices' of some project participants, both young learners and tutors, and a suite of teaching resources for use in alternative and non-mainstream education provision.

    

 [photos] Aidan Thompson (left) and Ian Webber (right), Managing Director of Rathbone Training UK, launching the report

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'Gratitude and Related Character Virtues' Report Published

20/10/17

On Friday 20th October, the Jubilee Centre published a new research report titled, Gratitude and Related Character Virtues. The project examined both theoretically and empirically, how gratitude relates to other virtues.

The research took the form of a school-based intervention study focussed on promoting either gratitude or compassion over a five-week period which was aimed at 11-13 year olds. Two teacher handbooks were created with the aim of promoting the virtues of gratitude and compassion.

The research project broke new ground in its ambitions and scope. The theoretical significance of the project lies in the valuable work carried out in thinking through the design and form of an intervention study to examine the mutual interrelationship of virtues. This model could be adapted for studying other potentially reinforcing strengths of character.

You can download the full report here.

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'Schools of Virtue' Research Report Launched

19/10/17

On Thursday 19th October, the Jubilee Centre launched a new research report, titled Schools of Virtue. The report was launched at the University of Birmingham School by Gary Lewis, Chair of the Association for Character Education and Executive Head of Kings Langley School. The project focussed on three schools in Birmingham that place the development of their pupils’ character at the heart of their educational vision. The Schools involved in the study were the University of Birmingham School, Nishkam High School, and St Brigid's Roman Catholic Primary School. This report demonstrates how a neo-Aristotelian conception of character education can be brought to life in any type of school, and where teachers see themselves as character educators, they can act as 'role models' in the development of shared 'virtue literacy' among students. The Press Release published for the report is available to view here

The study also found that pupils at the two secondary schools displayed higher levels of moral reasoning, when compared with a national survey of more than 10,000 pupils in the Centre's 2015 Character Education in Uk Schools study. Pupils reported moral virtues such as honesty and gratitude as being more important to them than performance virtues such as self-discipline and resilience.

You can download the full report here.

 

 

 

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Jubilee Centre Presence at Capstone Conference in Chicago

18/10/17

Four members of the Jubilee Centre, Professors James Arthur, Kristján Kristjánsson and Robert C. Roberts, and Research Fellow Dr. Panos Paris, participated in a capstone conference on 13th and 14th October, marking the final stage of the John Templeton Foundation funded project Virtue, Happiness and the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago. At the conference, Professor Kristjánsson presented a paper on 'Epiphanic Moral Conversations' and Professor Roberts talked about his work in the Jubilee Centre in a panel discussion. Former Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Centre, Candace Vogler, also presented a paper on 'The Place of Virtue in a Meaningful Life'. On the final night of the conference, the Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago gave a keynote presentation on solidarity and virtue.

 (Photo: from left to right) Dr. Panos Paris, Professor James Arthur, Cardinal Cupich, Professor Candace Vogler and Professor Kristján Kristjánsson

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Jubilee Centre Discusses Transforming US Medical Education with Medical College Wisconsin

05/10/17

From 25-27th September 2017, Prof. James Arthur and Aidan Thompson spent time visiting Medical College Wisconsin (MCW), and the newly formed Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education, discussing the Jubilee Centre theories and methodologies underpinning the Centre’s research into professional ethics and medical education, which is becoming the basis of the Kern Institute’s approach.

During the visit, Prof. Arthur gave the inaugural Grand Rounds keynote lecture to faculty, staff and students, speaking on 'The Role of Character in Medical Education', and referencing the Jubilee Centre's work in medical education and the Virtuous Medical Practice research project.

MCW is developing a '3 C's' approach to medical education; character, caring, competence. MCW is working in partnership with other US Medical Schools as part of the National Transformation Network, and the development of a character-led approach to medical education could br rolled out across the Network in due course.

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Demos Publishes 4th Report on Character

02/10/17

The Moral Web: Youth Character, Ethics and Behaviour is the 4th report by think-tank Demos on character published since 2015. The report was launched at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Monday 2nd October. Jubilee Centre Director Professor James Arthur joined speakers Vicky Ford MP, Jamie Bartlett (Centre for the Analysis of Social Media), Jonathan Baggaley (PSHE Association), Alex Holmes (Diana Award) to speak in a panel debate chaired by Nicholas Hellen (The Sunday Times). The Moral Web examines the behaviour and decision-making of young people online. The research involved 668 16-to-18 year olds, recruited via Facebook, and explored their online behaviour and responses to different social media scenarios. The research found that 26 per cent of participants admitted to bullying or insulting someone online, while 15 per cent of participants admitted to ‘trolling’ a public figure. The research also found that 88 per cent of participants reported that they have given emotional support to someone via social media.

The report is the fourth report on character published by Demos since 2015, and follows the Demos Character Inquiry in 2011. Previous reports include Learning by Doing, Character Nation and Mind Over Matter, and The Moral Web extends the focus of character development into the online world. Demos suggests that a young person’s character may be significant in determining the extent to which they engage in positive or negative online behaviours. Young people who admitted to engaging in risky or unethical behaviour online demonstrated lower levels of moral sensitivity, and had lower self-reported character strengths. The research also found that young people with higher levels of empathy and self-control were less likely to engage in bullying via social media.

Report author Peter Harrison-Evans has written a blog piece for HuffPost UK. The report was also covered in the Daily Telegraph.

You can read the full report here.

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'Virtuous Practice in Nursing' Research Report Published

28/09/17

The Jubilee Centre has today published a new research report titled Virtuous Practice in Nursing. The report draws on insights from nursing departments, students, and practitioners, and is designed to deepen understanding of the place of virtues and values in the initial education, training and subsequent professional practice in nursing. 

The key findings of the report reveal that NHS pressures are hindering ethical practice and caring among nurses, with 8 out of 10 nurses reporting that they face barriers to working in a caring and compassionate manner.  In his foreword to the report, Sir Robert Francis QC, who chaired the Mid Staffordshire NHS inquiry, calls for nurses to be supported without having 'values and compassion crushed out of them'.

The report offers some key recommendations for enhancing the ethical dimensions of nursing education and nursing practice.

The full report can be downloaded here.

A press release accompanying the report can be found here. The report was also featured in a number of media outlets including:

The Times

The Telegraph

The Nursing Times

The Nursing Standard

Politics Home

 

 

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CIPD's Head of Strategy Development Launches Centre Report

27/09/17

On Wednesday 27th September, Ruth Stuart, Head of Strategy Development at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) launched the Jubilee Centre's new research report Character Virtues in Business and Finance at the CIPD headquarters in Wimbledon, London. The report presents findings from research which draws on insights from business schools, students, and practitioners to examine character and virtues in the business and finance professions, exploring in particular the extent to which such students and alumni draw on virtue-based reasoning when confronted with ethical dilemmas.

The launch event also included a presentation by lead author of the report Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, Deputy Director of the Centre, and an address by Peter Cheese, the CEO of the CIPD. Martin Martinoff, Programme Manager at the The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, also spoke about the report.

A summary of the key findings and recommendations can be found at the report page.

 

 

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Jubilee Centre Contributes to New CofE Report on Leadership

20/09/17

The Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership has today released a new report, Leadership of  Character Education: Developing Virtues and Celebrating Human Flourishing in Schools. The report, which has been produced in partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and is underpinned by the Centre’s research, examines the importance of character education and the leadership required to develop it effectively.

Through its collaboration with the Jubilee Centre, the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership recognises the importance of leadership as the central driver of any school’s approach to character education, and the report explores the practical steps that school leaders can take to create, sustain and embed approaches to character education, through consideration of leadership virtues.

Focusing on the development and celebration of human flourishing in schools, the report outlines the Christian inspiration for the leadership of character education, examines the importance of developing leadership virtues in school teams and provides some practical tools for leaders to use in unpacking the Church of England’s values in their own leadership contexts.

The report was launched at the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership national conference in Birmingham, where the Jubilee Centre’s Professor James Arthur gave a keynote address.

 

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Jubilee Centre App Now Available for Android Devices

14/09/17

The new Jubilee Centre app is now available for Android devices. The mobile app allows users to download teaching resources produced by the Centre, directly onto their mobile or tablet devices. Aimed primarily at teachers, the Jubilee Centre App has been designed to make accessing and viewing key character resources from our online library much easier. Users can ‘favourite’ the resources they use most and download content to access offline.  The app is now available to download from the Google Play store and the Apple Store.

 

     

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Centre Director Made Senior Fellow

12/09/17

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, has accepted a prestigious invitation to become a Senior Fellow of the sixth McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The conference is acknowledged as the premier transformative, short-duration leadership experience for young, emerging global leaders who unite with world leaders in an enduring partnership. West Point bring together top undergraduate students from Universities around the world to participate in team-based, experiential, and analytical exercises that bolster leadership skills, foster critical thinking and collaboration, and create potential strategies to address pressing global issues. The theme for 2018 is on character. Professor Arthur will lead a team of exceptional students including some of the most outstanding cadets at West Point.  

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Nicky Morgan MP Publishes Book on Character Education

12/09/17

Former Education Secretary, the Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, has invited the Jubilee centre’s Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison to the dinner launch of her new book on character education, Taught, Not Caught: Educating for 21st Century Character. The book heavily cites the work of the Jubilee Centre, especially the work of Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison. As Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan was instructive in placing character education at the forefront of UK educational policy. She now continues with her efforts at a more theoretical level by illustrating her own vision of how to educate for 21st-century character. The book is available from John Catt publishers here.

   

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Centre Publishes New Insight Series Paper

11/09/17

The Jubilee Centre has published a new Insight Series paper which has been written by Professor Howard Gardner and Danny Mucinskas. The paper is entitled, ‘Good Work: Comments on the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’. In the paper, the authors examine the concept of ‘good work’ through the lens of a framework that is underpinned by the central features of excellence, engagement and ethics, in order to identify shortcomings in the recent government report on UK working practices.  

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Dr. Harrison Awarded Birmingham Education Fellowship

29/08/17

The Jubilee Centre’s Director of Education, Dr. Tom Harrison, has been awarded the Birmingham Education Fellowship. The award recognises and celebrates individuals whose expertise has made an outstanding contribution to the student learning experience, which encourages excellence and raises the profile of teaching and learning at the University. Dr. Harrison was selected for the work he has carried out in setting up the School of Education’s online MA in Character Education. The specialised programme, the first of its type in the world, is run by the Jubilee Centre and focuses on the theory and practice of human flourishing and aims to equip students with the latest theory and research in character education. Now in its second year, the programme continues to attract an increasing number of new students. The Fellowship will provide Dr. Harrison with an opportunity to undertake teaching and learning related projects and professional development activity, and to share his expertise with colleagues across and beyond the University.

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Character Remains Part of Policy Syntax

15/08/17

This summer, there have been a series of reminders that character remains pivotal to the work of policymakers and national governing bodies in the UK. In June, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman emphasised that the wider purpose of education should be broadening minds and enriching communities. In July, former Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Lucy Powell MP, and former Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, highlighted the need for further cross-party work on character education in order to help boost social mobility. This was followed by an emphasis on character development in the new 16-19 programme of study published by the Department for Education (DfE), as well as a reiteration from the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) that aspects of character are by the far the most important considerations in recruitment of school and college leavers. The DfE have reiterated that the building of positive character traits in young people can not only support attainment, but that they are valued by employers (as per the CBI report), and that they can enable children to make a positive contribution to society. The Jubilee Centre remains at the heart of policy conversations to keep character on the political and educational agenda in Britain and internationally. 

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Compassion, Empathy and Resilience in Radio Lollipop Volunteers

15/08/17

The Jubilee Centre has recently collaborated with Radio Lollipop, an international charity that gives young people a voice and a choice during their stay in hospital and has over 35 years’ experience of providing care, comfort, play and entertainment on hospital wards.  The work has explored the development of key virtues in Radio Lollipop volunteers and in April this year, Radio Lollipop held its UK Training Weekend on the theme of 'Compassion, Empathy, & Resilience' of volunteers in hospitals. Jubilee Centre Manager, and Radio Lollipop Trustee, Aidan Thompson spoke at the conference about the importance of each of these virtues in hospital settings, as well as considering the tools required to help us develop good practice. This film captures personal stories of Radio Lollipop volunteers which focus on each of the three virtues that the conference sought to promote. Aidan will speak about this collaboration and the importance of a values-led approach to volunteering in a hospital environment at the forthcoming Jubilee Centre annual conference, ‘Virtues in the Public Sphere’.

 

 

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Centre Makes Major Contribution to DfE Report on Character

04/08/17

The Jubilee Centre has made a major contribution to two new reports launched by the Department for Education (DfE). The Developing Character Skills in Schools report is a summary of key findings from the DfE’s research into the provision of character in schools. The research sought to understand how schools in England develop desirable character traits among pupils in order to provide a basis for future policy and research. Research conducted by the Centre, including A Framework for Character Education in Schools, are cited in the underpinning research and policy rationale to the report. Jubilee Centre Director of Education Dr. Tom Harrison was a member of the project steering group for this and another DfE report on Supporting Mental Health in Schools and Colleges.

Some 880 schools across England were surveyed for their character education provision. Overall, the study found a strong commitment from schools to the development of positive character traits of their pupils, with the majority of schools being familiar with the term ‘character education’. The development of desirable character traits is seen by the DfE to not only support academic attainment and employability, but enable young people to make a positive contribution to British society.

 Deputy Director Prof. Kristján Kristjánsson has written this blog considering the findings of the DfE report.

 

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ACE Annual Conference

17/07/17

On 14th July, the Association for Character Education (ACE), supported by the Jubilee Centre, held its annual conference at Kings Langley School in Hertfordshire. Keynote speakers included Sir Anthony Seldon – who spoke about the central role of character education,  Alex Nelson, Employee Engagement Manager at Marks and Spencers, and the Jubilee Centre’s Dr. Tom Harrison – who spoke about the revised Jubilee Centre Framework for Character Education.

Former Secretary of State for Education Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP (who has been recently appointed the first chairwoman of the Treasury Committee) also spoke, and emphasised the importance of ‘teaching’ character whilst referring directly to the work of the Jubilee Centre.

There were a number of practical workshops on different aspects of character education, which were delivered by expert practitioners, including Jubilee Centre Research Fellow, Mike Fullard.  The fourth issue of Character Matters Journal was launched at the conference.  You can join ACE here

[pictured from left to right: Gary Lewis, Chair of ACE, The Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP and Professor James Arthur, Director of Jubilee Centre,]

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Jubilee Centre Mobile App Launched

17/07/17

The Jubilee Centre has launched a brand new mobile app that allows users to download teaching resources produced by the Centre, directly onto their mobile or tablet devices. Aimed primarily at teachers, the Jubilee Centre App has been designed to make accessing and viewing key character resources from our online library much easier. Users can ‘favourite’ the resources they use most and download content to access offline. The app is currently available in the Apple Store and will be available for Android users soon.  

 

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Jubilee Awards 2017

13/07/17

On Wednesday 12th July, the Jubilee Awards 2017 were held at the House of Lords to celebrate the winners of the Thank You Letter Awards and the Why Character Matters writing contest. Winners were joined by their families at the event, which was hosted by Lord James O’Shaughnessy.  This year, over 70,000 young people took part in the Thank You Letter Awards, which invited young people between the ages of 5 and 16 to write a letter thanking someone or something in their lives that they are grateful for. The Why Character Matters contest challenged university students to submit a piece of writing of no more than 500 words about why character matters to them.

Fifteen winners from the Thank You Letters Awards and five winners from the Why Character Matters contest were presented with their awards by Lord O’Shaughnessy.

The ceremony was introduced by Professor James Arthur and the winners were announced by Dr. Tom Harrison, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson and Aidan Thompson. The Centre also produced an awards programme which included excerpts from all the winning letters and the writing contest.

The Jubilee Awards winners are listed below:

Thank You Letter Awards

Yusuf Zaman – Year 1,  Penns Primary School, Sutton Coldfield

Mashal Solayman , Year 4, Beech Hill Primary School, Newcastle

Ranita Ariyibi - Year 4,  Broadford Primary School, Essex

Niroop Singh Nazran - Year 5, Nishkam Primary School, Birmingham

Ryan Claxton – Year 6, St Faiths Primary School, Norwich

Jayda Ogwulu Chriscasimir – Year 7, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

Emily Piper – Year 7, Hall Mead School, Essex

Thomas Visaya-Neville – Year 6, St Columba’s College, St Albans

Oran Lynch – Year 7, Broughton High School, Edinburgh

Yedam Kim – Year 7, University of Birmingham School, Birmingham

Mia Lewis – Year 7, Bishop Gore School, Swansea

Kimmy Shopland – Year 7, Lydiard Park Academy, Swindon

Evan Brewin – Year 8, Woking High School, Woking

Kane Whitehouse -  Year 9, Ninestiles Academy School, Birmingham

Pete Miller – Year 11, Langley School, Solihull

Why Character Matters Contest                               

Hollie Jones - University of Birmingham

David Elikwu - BPP Law School, London

Samuel Bartlett - University of Birmingham

Maria Anderson - University of Huddersfield

* You can read the winning entry from Hollie Jones on her blog page here

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Dame Julia Cleverdon and Michael Lynas Launch A Habit of Service Report

22/11/17

Dame Julia Cleverdon, Co-founder of Step up to Serve and Michael Lynas, CEO of National Citizen Service launched the Jubilee Centre’s new research report A Habit of Service to 170 delegates at the Tower of London on 22nd of November. The delegates included policy makers and representatives from education and charities.

The report, which was conducted in partnership with the #iwill campaign, is the largest known study of its kind on youth social action and reports on evidence gathered from over 4,500 16-20 year olds about the factors that are associated with young people that have made a habit of service.

The event also celebrated the 50 new #iwill ambassadors and the publication of the new #iwill brochure and included a presentation from 2016 ambassador Naomi Lea, who spoke about her journey in social action.  

You can download the full report here.

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Jubilee Centre Staff Present at AME Annual Conference

14/11/17

Staff from the Jubilee Centre recently presented papers at the 43rd Association for Moral Education’s Annual Conference in St Louis, Missouri. On the 2nd November, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson gave two presentations; the first was titled ‘The Relevance of Aristotle’s Megalopsychia for Contemporary Debates in Moral Education’. The other presentation was as part of a symposium discussing Professor Marvin Berkowitz’s contribution to character development and education and was titled ‘The Closet Philosopher’. On 3rd November, Dr. David Walker and Professor Stephen Thoma presented a paper titled, ‘Assessing Ethical Reasoning Among Junior British Army Officers’ and Research Fellow Dr. Daniel Moulin-Stozek presented a paper on virtue, titled, ‘A Social Theory of Virtue and its Implications for Character Education’

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Character Education in Mexico

14/11/17

Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison presented to over a thousand parents, teachers and policy makers from Central and South America at two conferences in Guadalajara in Mexico.  On 9th November, Professor Arthur gave the key note address at the Interaxion National Congress at Universidad Panamericana. His presentation was titled ‘Character Education: The Virtue at the Centre of Adolescent's Life’.  At the same event Dr. Harrison gave a presentation about educational approaches to cultivating cyber-phronesis in children and young people, titled ‘Flourishing Online: Character, Virtue and the Digital Lives of Young People’. In addition Prof. Arthur and Dr. Harrison also gave a joint presentation titled 'Character Matters' at the FAPACE 4th National Congress. FAPACE is a national organisation for parents in Mexico and the conference was called Education in the Digital Era.

During the trip Prof. Arthur and Dr. Harrison also visited a school that has recently revised its curriculum to place character education at its heart.  The school are using the Jubilee Centre Framework and resources to develop their strategy.  The visit to Mexico demonstrated the strong interest in character education in Central and South America.

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Flourishing From the Margins launched by MD of Rathbone Training UK

26/10/17

On 26th October 2017, Ian Webber, Managing Director of Rathbone Training UK, launched the Jubilee Centre’s new research report Flourishing From the Margins in the Senate Chamber of the University of Birmingham. The report draws on insights from nearly 3,250 young people from mainstream and non-mainstream, marginalised and non-marginalised educational backgrounds; including state secondary schools, academies, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Youth Offender Institutions, youth training organisations, and football academies. The study provides large-scale empirical data and in-depth qualitative data on young people’s perspectives of their own sense of purpose, factors influencing their impressions of living a ‘good life’, and their sense of character development. This report aims to give a ‘voice’ to young people on the margins of education.

    

The press release accompanying the report can be found here.

The research report was featured in the Times Educational Supplement and Aidan Thompson, report author, wrote the Birmingham Brief on 26th October.

In addition to the research report, a film was produced to capture the 'voices' of some project participants, both young learners and tutors, and a suite of teaching resources for use in alternative and non-mainstream education provision.

    

 [photos] Aidan Thompson (left) and Ian Webber (right), Managing Director of Rathbone Training UK, launching the report

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'Gratitude and Related Character Virtues' Report Published

20/10/17

On Friday 20th October, the Jubilee Centre published a new research report titled, Gratitude and Related Character Virtues. The project examined both theoretically and empirically, how gratitude relates to other virtues.

The research took the form of a school-based intervention study focussed on promoting either gratitude or compassion over a five-week period which was aimed at 11-13 year olds. Two teacher handbooks were created with the aim of promoting the virtues of gratitude and compassion.

The research project broke new ground in its ambitions and scope. The theoretical significance of the project lies in the valuable work carried out in thinking through the design and form of an intervention study to examine the mutual interrelationship of virtues. This model could be adapted for studying other potentially reinforcing strengths of character.

You can download the full report here.

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'Schools of Virtue' Research Report Launched

19/10/17

On Thursday 19th October, the Jubilee Centre launched a new research report, titled Schools of Virtue. The report was launched at the University of Birmingham School by Gary Lewis, Chair of the Association for Character Education and Executive Head of Kings Langley School. The project focussed on three schools in Birmingham that place the development of their pupils’ character at the heart of their educational vision. The Schools involved in the study were the University of Birmingham School, Nishkam High School, and St Brigid's Roman Catholic Primary School. This report demonstrates how a neo-Aristotelian conception of character education can be brought to life in any type of school, and where teachers see themselves as character educators, they can act as 'role models' in the development of shared 'virtue literacy' among students. The Press Release published for the report is available to view here

The study also found that pupils at the two secondary schools displayed higher levels of moral reasoning, when compared with a national survey of more than 10,000 pupils in the Centre's 2015 Character Education in Uk Schools study. Pupils reported moral virtues such as honesty and gratitude as being more important to them than performance virtues such as self-discipline and resilience.

You can download the full report here.

 

 

 

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Jubilee Centre Presence at Capstone Conference in Chicago

18/10/17

Four members of the Jubilee Centre, Professors James Arthur, Kristján Kristjánsson and Robert C. Roberts, and Research Fellow Dr. Panos Paris, participated in a capstone conference on 13th and 14th October, marking the final stage of the John Templeton Foundation funded project Virtue, Happiness and the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago. At the conference, Professor Kristjánsson presented a paper on 'Epiphanic Moral Conversations' and Professor Roberts talked about his work in the Jubilee Centre in a panel discussion. Former Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Centre, Candace Vogler, also presented a paper on 'The Place of Virtue in a Meaningful Life'. On the final night of the conference, the Cardinal Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago gave a keynote presentation on solidarity and virtue.

 (Photo: from left to right) Dr. Panos Paris, Professor James Arthur, Cardinal Cupich, Professor Candace Vogler and Professor Kristján Kristjánsson

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Jubilee Centre Discusses Transforming US Medical Education with Medical College Wisconsin

05/10/17

From 25-27th September 2017, Prof. James Arthur and Aidan Thompson spent time visiting Medical College Wisconsin (MCW), and the newly formed Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education, discussing the Jubilee Centre theories and methodologies underpinning the Centre’s research into professional ethics and medical education, which is becoming the basis of the Kern Institute’s approach.

During the visit, Prof. Arthur gave the inaugural Grand Rounds keynote lecture to faculty, staff and students, speaking on 'The Role of Character in Medical Education', and referencing the Jubilee Centre's work in medical education and the Virtuous Medical Practice research project.

MCW is developing a '3 C's' approach to medical education; character, caring, competence. MCW is working in partnership with other US Medical Schools as part of the National Transformation Network, and the development of a character-led approach to medical education could br rolled out across the Network in due course.

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Demos Publishes 4th Report on Character

02/10/17

The Moral Web: Youth Character, Ethics and Behaviour is the 4th report by think-tank Demos on character published since 2015. The report was launched at a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Monday 2nd October. Jubilee Centre Director Professor James Arthur joined speakers Vicky Ford MP, Jamie Bartlett (Centre for the Analysis of Social Media), Jonathan Baggaley (PSHE Association), Alex Holmes (Diana Award) to speak in a panel debate chaired by Nicholas Hellen (The Sunday Times). The Moral Web examines the behaviour and decision-making of young people online. The research involved 668 16-to-18 year olds, recruited via Facebook, and explored their online behaviour and responses to different social media scenarios. The research found that 26 per cent of participants admitted to bullying or insulting someone online, while 15 per cent of participants admitted to ‘trolling’ a public figure. The research also found that 88 per cent of participants reported that they have given emotional support to someone via social media.

The report is the fourth report on character published by Demos since 2015, and follows the Demos Character Inquiry in 2011. Previous reports include Learning by Doing, Character Nation and Mind Over Matter, and The Moral Web extends the focus of character development into the online world. Demos suggests that a young person’s character may be significant in determining the extent to which they engage in positive or negative online behaviours. Young people who admitted to engaging in risky or unethical behaviour online demonstrated lower levels of moral sensitivity, and had lower self-reported character strengths. The research also found that young people with higher levels of empathy and self-control were less likely to engage in bullying via social media.

Report author Peter Harrison-Evans has written a blog piece for HuffPost UK. The report was also covered in the Daily Telegraph.

You can read the full report here.

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'Virtuous Practice in Nursing' Research Report Published

28/09/17

The Jubilee Centre has today published a new research report titled Virtuous Practice in Nursing. The report draws on insights from nursing departments, students, and practitioners, and is designed to deepen understanding of the place of virtues and values in the initial education, training and subsequent professional practice in nursing. 

The key findings of the report reveal that NHS pressures are hindering ethical practice and caring among nurses, with 8 out of 10 nurses reporting that they face barriers to working in a caring and compassionate manner.  In his foreword to the report, Sir Robert Francis QC, who chaired the Mid Staffordshire NHS inquiry, calls for nurses to be supported without having 'values and compassion crushed out of them'.

The report offers some key recommendations for enhancing the ethical dimensions of nursing education and nursing practice.

The full report can be downloaded here.

A press release accompanying the report can be found here. The report was also featured in a number of media outlets including:

The Times

The Telegraph

The Nursing Times

The Nursing Standard

Politics Home

 

 

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CIPD's Head of Strategy Development Launches Centre Report

27/09/17

On Wednesday 27th September, Ruth Stuart, Head of Strategy Development at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) launched the Jubilee Centre's new research report Character Virtues in Business and Finance at the CIPD headquarters in Wimbledon, London. The report presents findings from research which draws on insights from business schools, students, and practitioners to examine character and virtues in the business and finance professions, exploring in particular the extent to which such students and alumni draw on virtue-based reasoning when confronted with ethical dilemmas.

The launch event also included a presentation by lead author of the report Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, Deputy Director of the Centre, and an address by Peter Cheese, the CEO of the CIPD. Martin Martinoff, Programme Manager at the The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, also spoke about the report.

A summary of the key findings and recommendations can be found at the report page.

 

 

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Jubilee Centre Contributes to New CofE Report on Leadership

20/09/17

The Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership has today released a new report, Leadership of  Character Education: Developing Virtues and Celebrating Human Flourishing in Schools. The report, which has been produced in partnership with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and is underpinned by the Centre’s research, examines the importance of character education and the leadership required to develop it effectively.

Through its collaboration with the Jubilee Centre, the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership recognises the importance of leadership as the central driver of any school’s approach to character education, and the report explores the practical steps that school leaders can take to create, sustain and embed approaches to character education, through consideration of leadership virtues.

Focusing on the development and celebration of human flourishing in schools, the report outlines the Christian inspiration for the leadership of character education, examines the importance of developing leadership virtues in school teams and provides some practical tools for leaders to use in unpacking the Church of England’s values in their own leadership contexts.

The report was launched at the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership national conference in Birmingham, where the Jubilee Centre’s Professor James Arthur gave a keynote address.

 

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Jubilee Centre App Now Available for Android Devices

14/09/17

The new Jubilee Centre app is now available for Android devices. The mobile app allows users to download teaching resources produced by the Centre, directly onto their mobile or tablet devices. Aimed primarily at teachers, the Jubilee Centre App has been designed to make accessing and viewing key character resources from our online library much easier. Users can ‘favourite’ the resources they use most and download content to access offline.  The app is now available to download from the Google Play store and the Apple Store.

 

     

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Centre Director Made Senior Fellow

12/09/17

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, has accepted a prestigious invitation to become a Senior Fellow of the sixth McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The conference is acknowledged as the premier transformative, short-duration leadership experience for young, emerging global leaders who unite with world leaders in an enduring partnership. West Point bring together top undergraduate students from Universities around the world to participate in team-based, experiential, and analytical exercises that bolster leadership skills, foster critical thinking and collaboration, and create potential strategies to address pressing global issues. The theme for 2018 is on character. Professor Arthur will lead a team of exceptional students including some of the most outstanding cadets at West Point.  

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Nicky Morgan MP Publishes Book on Character Education

12/09/17

Former Education Secretary, the Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, has invited the Jubilee centre’s Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison to the dinner launch of her new book on character education, Taught, Not Caught: Educating for 21st Century Character. The book heavily cites the work of the Jubilee Centre, especially the work of Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison. As Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan was instructive in placing character education at the forefront of UK educational policy. She now continues with her efforts at a more theoretical level by illustrating her own vision of how to educate for 21st-century character. The book is available from John Catt publishers here.

   

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Centre Publishes New Insight Series Paper

11/09/17

The Jubilee Centre has published a new Insight Series paper which has been written by Professor Howard Gardner and Danny Mucinskas. The paper is entitled, ‘Good Work: Comments on the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices’. In the paper, the authors examine the concept of ‘good work’ through the lens of a framework that is underpinned by the central features of excellence, engagement and ethics, in order to identify shortcomings in the recent government report on UK working practices.  

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Dr. Harrison Awarded Birmingham Education Fellowship

29/08/17

The Jubilee Centre’s Director of Education, Dr. Tom Harrison, has been awarded the Birmingham Education Fellowship. The award recognises and celebrates individuals whose expertise has made an outstanding contribution to the student learning experience, which encourages excellence and raises the profile of teaching and learning at the University. Dr. Harrison was selected for the work he has carried out in setting up the School of Education’s online MA in Character Education. The specialised programme, the first of its type in the world, is run by the Jubilee Centre and focuses on the theory and practice of human flourishing and aims to equip students with the latest theory and research in character education. Now in its second year, the programme continues to attract an increasing number of new students. The Fellowship will provide Dr. Harrison with an opportunity to undertake teaching and learning related projects and professional development activity, and to share his expertise with colleagues across and beyond the University.

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Character Remains Part of Policy Syntax

15/08/17

This summer, there have been a series of reminders that character remains pivotal to the work of policymakers and national governing bodies in the UK. In June, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman emphasised that the wider purpose of education should be broadening minds and enriching communities. In July, former Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Lucy Powell MP, and former Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, highlighted the need for further cross-party work on character education in order to help boost social mobility. This was followed by an emphasis on character development in the new 16-19 programme of study published by the Department for Education (DfE), as well as a reiteration from the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) that aspects of character are by the far the most important considerations in recruitment of school and college leavers. The DfE have reiterated that the building of positive character traits in young people can not only support attainment, but that they are valued by employers (as per the CBI report), and that they can enable children to make a positive contribution to society. The Jubilee Centre remains at the heart of policy conversations to keep character on the political and educational agenda in Britain and internationally. 

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Compassion, Empathy and Resilience in Radio Lollipop Volunteers

15/08/17

The Jubilee Centre has recently collaborated with Radio Lollipop, an international charity that gives young people a voice and a choice during their stay in hospital and has over 35 years’ experience of providing care, comfort, play and entertainment on hospital wards.  The work has explored the development of key virtues in Radio Lollipop volunteers and in April this year, Radio Lollipop held its UK Training Weekend on the theme of 'Compassion, Empathy, & Resilience' of volunteers in hospitals. Jubilee Centre Manager, and Radio Lollipop Trustee, Aidan Thompson spoke at the conference about the importance of each of these virtues in hospital settings, as well as considering the tools required to help us develop good practice. This film captures personal stories of Radio Lollipop volunteers which focus on each of the three virtues that the conference sought to promote. Aidan will speak about this collaboration and the importance of a values-led approach to volunteering in a hospital environment at the forthcoming Jubilee Centre annual conference, ‘Virtues in the Public Sphere’.

 

 

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Centre Makes Major Contribution to DfE Report on Character

04/08/17

The Jubilee Centre has made a major contribution to two new reports launched by the Department for Education (DfE). The Developing Character Skills in Schools report is a summary of key findings from the DfE’s research into the provision of character in schools. The research sought to understand how schools in England develop desirable character traits among pupils in order to provide a basis for future policy and research. Research conducted by the Centre, including A Framework for Character Education in Schools, are cited in the underpinning research and policy rationale to the report. Jubilee Centre Director of Education Dr. Tom Harrison was a member of the project steering group for this and another DfE report on Supporting Mental Health in Schools and Colleges.

Some 880 schools across England were surveyed for their character education provision. Overall, the study found a strong commitment from schools to the development of positive character traits of their pupils, with the majority of schools being familiar with the term ‘character education’. The development of desirable character traits is seen by the DfE to not only support academic attainment and employability, but enable young people to make a positive contribution to British society.

 Deputy Director Prof. Kristján Kristjánsson has written this blog considering the findings of the DfE report.

 

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ACE Annual Conference

17/07/17

On 14th July, the Association for Character Education (ACE), supported by the Jubilee Centre, held its annual conference at Kings Langley School in Hertfordshire. Keynote speakers included Sir Anthony Seldon – who spoke about the central role of character education,  Alex Nelson, Employee Engagement Manager at Marks and Spencers, and the Jubilee Centre’s Dr. Tom Harrison – who spoke about the revised Jubilee Centre Framework for Character Education.

Former Secretary of State for Education Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP (who has been recently appointed the first chairwoman of the Treasury Committee) also spoke, and emphasised the importance of ‘teaching’ character whilst referring directly to the work of the Jubilee Centre.

There were a number of practical workshops on different aspects of character education, which were delivered by expert practitioners, including Jubilee Centre Research Fellow, Mike Fullard.  The fourth issue of Character Matters Journal was launched at the conference.  You can join ACE here

[pictured from left to right: Gary Lewis, Chair of ACE, The Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP and Professor James Arthur, Director of Jubilee Centre,]

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Jubilee Centre Mobile App Launched

17/07/17

The Jubilee Centre has launched a brand new mobile app that allows users to download teaching resources produced by the Centre, directly onto their mobile or tablet devices. Aimed primarily at teachers, the Jubilee Centre App has been designed to make accessing and viewing key character resources from our online library much easier. Users can ‘favourite’ the resources they use most and download content to access offline. The app is currently available in the Apple Store and will be available for Android users soon.  

 

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Jubilee Awards 2017

13/07/17

On Wednesday 12th July, the Jubilee Awards 2017 were held at the House of Lords to celebrate the winners of the Thank You Letter Awards and the Why Character Matters writing contest. Winners were joined by their families at the event, which was hosted by Lord James O’Shaughnessy.  This year, over 70,000 young people took part in the Thank You Letter Awards, which invited young people between the ages of 5 and 16 to write a letter thanking someone or something in their lives that they are grateful for. The Why Character Matters contest challenged university students to submit a piece of writing of no more than 500 words about why character matters to them.

Fifteen winners from the Thank You Letters Awards and five winners from the Why Character Matters contest were presented with their awards by Lord O’Shaughnessy.

The ceremony was introduced by Professor James Arthur and the winners were announced by Dr. Tom Harrison, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson and Aidan Thompson. The Centre also produced an awards programme which included excerpts from all the winning letters and the writing contest.

The Jubilee Awards winners are listed below:

Thank You Letter Awards

Yusuf Zaman – Year 1,  Penns Primary School, Sutton Coldfield

Mashal Solayman , Year 4, Beech Hill Primary School, Newcastle

Ranita Ariyibi - Year 4,  Broadford Primary School, Essex

Niroop Singh Nazran - Year 5, Nishkam Primary School, Birmingham

Ryan Claxton – Year 6, St Faiths Primary School, Norwich

Jayda Ogwulu Chriscasimir – Year 7, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

Emily Piper – Year 7, Hall Mead School, Essex

Thomas Visaya-Neville – Year 6, St Columba’s College, St Albans

Oran Lynch – Year 7, Broughton High School, Edinburgh

Yedam Kim – Year 7, University of Birmingham School, Birmingham

Mia Lewis – Year 7, Bishop Gore School, Swansea

Kimmy Shopland – Year 7, Lydiard Park Academy, Swindon

Evan Brewin – Year 8, Woking High School, Woking

Kane Whitehouse -  Year 9, Ninestiles Academy School, Birmingham

Pete Miller – Year 11, Langley School, Solihull

Why Character Matters Contest                               

Hollie Jones - University of Birmingham

David Elikwu - BPP Law School, London

Samuel Bartlett - University of Birmingham

Maria Anderson - University of Huddersfield

* You can read the winning entry from Hollie Jones on her blog page here

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