The Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, today (7th February 2019) announced the establishment of an Advisory Committee on Character which will report to him in September with practical proposals for character and virtues in schools. He said 'I am going to be assembling an advisory group on how we can best support schools in their work to build character. This group will be made up of leaders and experts in their field. One key area that I want the group to focus on will be developing a set of benchmarks for schools to use so that they can deliver their own approach to developing character and assess themselves on how they are doing. We already have something similar for careers guidance called the Gatsby Benchmarks. I want the advisory group to work up something similar for character.' Membership of the advisory group will be announced soon. Damian Hinds also praised the work that the Association for Character Education was already doing in this area. ACE, have established a Kitemark for Schools of Character, the development of which was led by Dr. Tom Harrison of the Jubilee Centre.