On Tuesday 19th January, Centre Director, Prof. James Arthur, spoke as an invited panellist at an event organised by the APPG on Religious Education held at the House of Commons. The event focussed on the debate around combatting extremism and promoting community cohesion through the teaching of religious education. Prof. Arthur emphasised the critical role of character education and the importance of teaching moral and civic virtues in schools. His speech highlighted the character of teachers themselves as the most significant factor to the character development of students. Speakers also included Ron Skelton, Head of Broadway Academy in Birmingham, Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England, Dr. Marius Felderhof from the University of Birmingham and David Hampshire, Chair of the National Association of Standing Advisory Councils on Religious Education.