On Friday 10th May, the Jubilee Centre hosted ‘Implementing the New Ofsted Framework: Character Education Policy and Practice’ at the University of Birmingham. The one-day conference included talks delivered by the Centre’s Director and Director of Education, Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison, Ofsted’s National Lead for PSHE and Citizenship, Roary Pownall. The conference also featured a panel discussion with a number of school leaders at the forefront of implementing character education across the country, including Bec Tigue of the University of Birmingham School, Carole Jones of Yeading Junior School, Damien Kearns of Nishkam High School and Gary Lewis of Kings Langley School. The event gathered together over 200 teachers and practitioners to shed light on the policy and practice of character education in advance of the new Ofsted Framework being implemented in September. Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison’s presentation is available to view here, and Roary Pownall’s here.

On 14th May 2019, Ofsted published the final version of its new education inspection framework for 2019 and this is available to view here


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.