20th September 2022Schools

A new training tool has been developed,  in partnership between Colmore Junior School and The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, which supports new teachers to understand the importance of character and how to teach it to their pupils.

Character education is a term used to describe the teaching of good character. It focusses on intellectual, moral, performance, and civic virtues, helping pupils to be more reflective and become better citizens. Character Education has become an increasingly important concept for teachers to understand and apply.

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues have funded several national projects in 2022, led by schools with a rich understanding of character to support teachers across the country to embed the teaching of character outlined in the Centre’s Framework into their practice.

The first tool to launch is a portal developed by Colmore Junior School. The portal provides online training to teacher trainees and early-career teachers.

Head of School at Colmore Junior School, Tony Bradshaw said,

'Character education has been an important part of our curriculum for a long time, and we see tremendous value in equipping other schools to prioritise it too.

Our partnership with the Jubilee Centre has been really positive and we really hope this training tool is a useful resource for others in the teaching profession.'

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur said:

“Schools have always been at the heart of bringing our Framework to life. This central pillar draws together all of our globally impactful research, insight in to effective pedagogy, and the knowledge of our international network of partners to offer teachers the very best foundation from which flourish.

This new portal will be an invaluable tool in developing best practice with teachers new to the profession. Good education is good character education, and with support such as this we have no doubt this can become the norm for pupils across the country.”

It is hoped that the portal will support trainee teachers and those in the early stages of their career to better understand the benefits of character education to their students and how they can develop their own teaching practice.


About the Colmore Character Education Portal 

The Character Education Portal has been developed to support Initial Teacher Trainees and Early Career Teachers. It was created by Colmore Junior School and funded by The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. Find out more: www.colmoreceportal.com

For more information about this news release, please contact enquiry@colmorej.co.uk or jubileecentre@contacts.bham.ac.uk




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.