Character Education Pedagogies: What works, where and why?

Project Overview The Character Education Pedagogies research project began in January 2021 and reviewed the Centre’s existing character education resources and research data with a particular focus on what pedagogical approaches were used. This analysis enabled the research team to produce a comprehensive database of pedagogical approaches for character education that included both caught, taught and sought strategies. The […]

Religious Education Teachers

Religious Education Teachers and Character: Personal Beliefs and Professional Approaches

Project Overview On the 18th November 2019, the Jubilee Centre published Religious Education Teachers and Character: Personal Beliefs and Professional Approaches. The aim of the research was to explore Religious Education (RE) teacher’s worldviews and their approaches to promoting pupils’ character growth in RE. The first, qualitative phase of the study was inspired by the narrative identity […]

My Character

Project Overview This report presents the findings of the My Character Feasibility Study which ran from May 2011 to April 2014 and involved over 1000 young people from across the UK. The aim of the study was to develop a better understanding of how interventions designed to develop character might enhance moral formation and future-mindedness in young […]

Knightly Virtues

Knightly Virtues: Enhancing Virtue Literacy Through Stories

Project Overview The Knightly Virtues programme was inspired by the idea that stories of literary significance might be used in primary schools for teaching and learning about qualities of virtuous character. Devised by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, the programme was designed for 9 to 11 year olds and drew on selected classic stories to […]

Character Education in UK Schools

Project Overview The Character Education in UK Schools report was launched by Professor Sir Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College, on Friday 27th February 2015 at the City of Birmingham Council House. The research project described in this report is one of the most extensive studies of character education ever undertaken, including over 10,000 students and 255 […]

Flourishing From the Margins

Flourishing from the Margins: Living a Good Life and Developing Purpose in Marginalised Young People

Project Overview The Flourishing From the Margins project was launched on 26th October in the University of Birmingham Senate Chamber by Ian Webber, Managing Director of Rathbone Training UK.  Working with a combined dataset of nearly 3,250 young people from mainstream and non-mainstream, marginalised and non-marginalised, educational backgrounds, including state secondary schools, academies, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Youth […]

Schools of Virtue

Project Overview The Schools of Virtue project was launched on 19th October 2017 at the University of Birmingham School by Gary Lewis, Chair of the Association for Character Education. The project focussed on three schools in Birmingham that place the development of their pupils’ character at the heart of their educational vision. This report demonstrates how […]

The Influence of Parents and the Media

Project Overview The aim of this research project was to examine how social media use is related to young people’s experience and enactment of empathy and honesty, and their identification with moral values. The Influence of Parents and the Media ​project explored the most effective types of regulation strategy that parents employ in mediating the effects of […]

Teacher Education

Leading Character Education in Schools An Online CPD Programme

Project Overview Leading Character Education in Schools CPD Course The Leading Character Education in Schools CPD programme has had over 1,450 educational leaders register from 50 countries. The design of the CPD programme included an extensive review of the literature, an online survey with over 450 teachers and visits to schools across England. The CPD was piloted over […]