16th June 2021Centre News Teachers

As an applied centre, how research is translated in to practical support, advice, activities and resources for teachers has always been of primary concern. This has been particularly true this last year with schools seeking to innovate in their delivery and help pupils develop beyond the cognitive and enhance those virtues that would help them response to the challenges they faced.

Since in the last year, since June 2020, there has been over 43,000 visits to the Jubilee Centre's teacher resources pages by almost 25,000 unique individuals, a 68% and 74% increase on the year before respectively.

While newer resources such as those published alongside our 2020 Character Matters Campaign (1,753 views / 425 downloads), the innovative KS1 story led set Read Grow Go (839 views / 129 downloads) and the Grateful Britain Thank You letter contest (775 views / 295 downloads) attracting new audiences and reengaging existing partners in new ways.

Produced with the support of the Kern Family foundation, The Character Curriculum continues to develop strongly, with among many strong measures 2,899 new and unique viewers up from 1,111 in the 12 months preceding, a 161% increase in activity. Downloads of these holistic resources also remained strong growing to 3,411 and interest on social media continued to perform well with the three posts related to the curriculum over the year garnering over 13,000 impressions and almost 500 engagements.

Beyond this success with more recent publications, many of our most established resource continue to enjoy popularity with teachers and educators. The Primary and Secondary Programmes of Study have in the last 12 months attracted almost 10,000 views between them as well as being downloaded over 7,500 times, a 47% increase in views and 32% increase in downloads. Such popularity means that even five years since publication they remain the Centre's 1st and 3rd most popular resources for schools.


As well as informing classroom practice, the Centre also recognises the value of establishing character throughout a whole school, cultivating an environment in which positive virtue traits can be both caught and sought. These more structural ambitions are of increase prominence for school leaders and it is perhaps unsurprising therefore that our A Framework for Character Education in Schools has seen a 116-fold increase in downloads by new users and had over 7,000 views this last year as schools seek to plan the most effective recovery.

Aiding this further is our research informed Evaluation Handbook For Schools which as of 31 May enjoyed a 21% increase in engagement over the previous year as well as the award winning, free, Online CPD programme, Leading Character Education in Schools, with interest increasing by over 30 percent to 6,200 views and the course welcoming its 2,000th learner, just one year since it was launched in March 2020.

The Jubilee Centre looks forward to continuing this support for teachers. schools and pupils throughout 2021 and beyond.


Character Strengths for the Working World is an essential event for PSHE Leads, Careers Leads, and Character Education Leads within UK educational institutions. Join us on Thursday, 13th July 2023, from 9am to 5pm at the beautiful Botanical Gardens, Birmingham.


This one-day conference, organised byThe Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, aims to provide insights, knowledge, and networking opportunities for professionals committed to enhancing character development and employability skills in their students.


Our speakers will share their expertise and perspectives on educational policy and best practices for empowering students to excel in the working world through harnessing their character strengths. The event will include keynote speeches, policy and practitioner panels, interactive sessions, and opportunities to connect with a wide range of professionals and experts in the field.


Our line-up of distinguished speakers includes:

• Rt. Hon. Baroness Nicky Morgan (former Secretary of State for Education)

• Bec Tigue (Character Lead at the University of Birmingham School)

• David Harkin (CEO at 8 Billion Ideas)

• Adrian McLean (Character Ambassador and Multi-academy Trust Lead at Severn Academies)

• The Careers and Enterprise Company


Food and refreshments:

Morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea, and a drinks reception will be provided as part of registration for you to enjoy.


Free resources:

There will be multiple free resources available for you to take away at this event. We will be launching a new workbook, based on research funded by the Society for Educational Studies, for use by careers guidance professionals and character educators to help students consider who they are, the character traits they aspire towards, and to align their career choices with this. We will also have multiple other free resources that educators can use within their practice based on over a decade of research at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.


Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. It is essential to reserve your place in advance to avoid disappointment. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your institution's approach to character education and student employability. Register now to secure your spot at Character Strengths for the Working World.


Register here.