The Jubilee Centre has been invited to be a partner with the Department for Education as it re-launches the National Character Awards, which have been announced today. The Awards will showcase the best of character education in schools and celebrate the practitioners and school leaders who provide outstanding opportunity for character development in young people. The announcement also signals the introduction of new benchmarking questions against which schools can assess their approaches to character education. The questions, which give some emphasis to character virtues, were recommended by the Character Advisory Committee, of which Jubilee Centre Director Professor James Arthur is a member; Professor Arthur is delighted that the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP, has implemented these recommendations. Dame Julia Cleverdon, also a member of the Committee, Co-Founder of the #iwill campaign and Honorary Fellow of the Jubilee Centre, said: 'The Character Awards announced today by the DfE will give a much needed opportunity to celebrate the brilliant work schools and colleges are doing to develop character education, spread best practice and showcase innovation and impact'. Read the full press release here.