An editorial piece in The Times on Saturday 9th August titled ‘Character Reference’ highlights the importance of character education, not only for a healthy economy, but as part of a rich, rounded education enabling young people to flourish. The piece promotes the evidence-based idea that character is not just a fixed attribute but is something that can be taught, and endorses current research into character formation and pedagogical techniques. The article followed an interview in The Times on 8th August with the Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), John Cridland, who has called for the introduction of the teaching of character and resilience in mainstream schooling.
Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues Prof James Arthur said 'this piece echoes the work and ethos of the Jubilee Centre and demonstrates the impact that we are having in all areas. This is an important time for character in education and education policy and the launch of our research reports over the next six months will add further weight to this.'
Further information and links can be found on the CBI webpage here.
You can read the interview with John Cridland here (£).
You can read the editorial piece 'Character Reference' here (£).