On Thursday 19th October, the Jubilee Centre launched a new research report, titled Schools of Virtue. The report was launched at the University of Birmingham School by Gary Lewis, Chair of the Association for Character Education and Executive Head of Kings Langley School. The project focussed on three schools in Birmingham that place the development of their pupils’ character at the heart of their educational vision. The Schools involved in the study were the University of Birmingham School, Nishkam High School, and St Brigid’s Roman Catholic Primary School. This report demonstrates how a neo-Aristotelian conception of character education can be brought to life in any type of school, and where teachers see themselves as character educators, they can act as ‘role models’ in the development of shared ‘virtue literacy’ among students. The Press Release published for the report is available to view here

The study also found that pupils at the two secondary schools displayed higher levels of moral reasoning, when compared with a national survey of more than 10,000 pupils in the Centre’s 2015 Character Education in Uk Schools study. Pupils reported moral virtues such as honesty and gratitude as being more important to them than performance virtues such as self-discipline and resilience.

You can download the full report here.


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.