Centre Co-Hosts Fringe Events at Labour and Conservative Party Conferences 4th October 2016 Centre News Policy Briefing

On Monday 26th September and Tuesday 4th October 2016, the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues hosted a fringe event at the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences, respectively, in collaboration with think-tank Demos. Exploring the theme ‘The Longer School Day: A Revolution in Character Education?’ the events came after the recent publication of the Centre’s briefing paper ‘Building Character through the Longer School Day which captures the key research on this topic and informed the debate. Taking the form of a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session, speakers at the two events included Director Professor James Arthur, Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Lucy Powell MP, President of ATL Shelagh Hirst, CEO of Step Up To Serve Charlotte Hill and Head of Citizenship and Political Participation at Demos Ralph Scott. The Q&A sessions were chaired by Sonia Sodha, Chief Leader Writer at the Observer and Laura McInerney from Schools Week. Both events were well attended and generated lively debates about the role schools, alongside parents and community organisations, play in developing the character virtues of children and young people. 


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