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Character Remains Part of Policy Syntax 15th August 2017 Jubilee Centre Policy Briefing

This summer, there have been a series of reminders that character remains pivotal to the work of policymakers and national governing bodies in the UK. In June, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman emphasised that the wider purpose of education should be broadening minds and enriching communities. In July, former Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Lucy Powell MP, and former Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, highlighted the need for further cross-party work on character education in order to help boost social mobility. This was followed by an emphasis on character development in the new 16-19 programme of study published by the Department for Education (DfE), as well as a reiteration from the Confederation of British Industries (CBI) that aspects of character are by the far the most important considerations in recruitment of school and college leavers. The DfE have reiterated that the building of positive character traits in young people can not only support attainment, but that they are valued by employers (as per the CBI report), and that they can enable children to make a positive contribution to society. The Jubilee Centre remains at the heart of policy conversations to keep character on the political and educational agenda in Britain and internationally. 

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