On Thursday 30th June 2016, Prof. James Arthur, Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, presented the Department for Education Character Awards with Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families. The Character Awards celebrated nine outstanding practitioners in character education from across regions in England, including the National Award winner, Thoresby Primary School in Hull. Details of all of the Character Awards winners can be found below, including the announcement by the Minister available here. During his speech, Minister Timpson thanked the Jubilee Centre for leading the way on research in character education in the UK.

The Character Awards were made as part of the Association for Character Education (ACE) inaugural conference, at the University of Birmingham School. The conference also marked the launch of the ACE e-journal Character Matters. ACE, supported by the Jubilee Centre, is a ‘bottom-up’, grassroots organisation, created to respond to the growing interest in character education in Britain.

The conference, chaired by ACE Chairman Gary Lewis (Head of Kings Langley Secondary School), featured key note addresses from Prof. James Arthur (Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues) and Michael Roden (Principal of the University of Birmingham School), Charlotte Hill (CEO of Step up to Serve) with Nicky Broomhall (Head of Star Academy, Sandyford) and Thomas Munnelly (#iwill Ambassador), and Lord James O’Shaughnessy and Jo Glen (Floreat Education). There were also workshops by leading practitioners and organisation in the field of character education.

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L-R: Jo Glen, Linda Sanders, Prof. James Arthur, Edward Timpson MP, Gary Lewis, Michael Roden, Dr. Tom Harrison, Geoff Smith

Image used courtesy of the Department for Education


Character Strengths for the Working World is an essential event for PSHE Leads, Careers Leads, and Character Education Leads within UK educational institutions. Join us on Thursday, 13th July 2023, from 9am to 5pm at the beautiful Botanical Gardens, Birmingham.


This one-day conference, organised byThe Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, aims to provide insights, knowledge, and networking opportunities for professionals committed to enhancing character development and employability skills in their students.


Our speakers will share their expertise and perspectives on educational policy and best practices for empowering students to excel in the working world through harnessing their character strengths. The event will include keynote speeches, policy and practitioner panels, interactive sessions, and opportunities to connect with a wide range of professionals and experts in the field.


Our line-up of distinguished speakers includes:

• Rt. Hon. Baroness Nicky Morgan (former Secretary of State for Education)

• Bec Tigue (Character Lead at the University of Birmingham School)

• David Harkin (CEO at 8 Billion Ideas)

• Adrian McLean (Character Ambassador and Multi-academy Trust Lead at Severn Academies)

• The Careers and Enterprise Company


Food and refreshments:

Morning coffee and pastries, lunch, afternoon tea, and a drinks reception will be provided as part of registration for you to enjoy.


Free resources:

There will be multiple free resources available for you to take away at this event. We will be launching a new workbook, based on research funded by the Society for Educational Studies, for use by careers guidance professionals and character educators to help students consider who they are, the character traits they aspire towards, and to align their career choices with this. We will also have multiple other free resources that educators can use within their practice based on over a decade of research at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues.


Attendance is free, but spaces are limited. It is essential to reserve your place in advance to avoid disappointment. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your institution's approach to character education and student employability. Register now to secure your spot at Character Strengths for the Working World.


Register here.