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C of E boosts character education

23 October 2015


Class of 2015: youth workers and chaplains celebrate the tenth anniversary of full-time ministry in Lancashire schools, since the appointment of Susie Mapledoram (far left), to St Michael’s High School, Chorley, in 1995

Class of 2015: youth workers and chaplains celebrate the tenth anniversary of full-time ministry in Lancashire schools, since the appointment of Susie...

THE Church of England’s education office has stepped up its work on character education by producing a discussion paper on the issue, produced in partnership with the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre. It was launched last Friday at a conference in Church House, Westminster, attended by 140 diocesan education advisers and senior staff of C of E schools.

The paper says that character education goes beyond the development of personal grit. It should involve the development of intellectual, moral, and physical attributes as being equally essential. In a keynote speech, the Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway, who chairs the board of the National Society, said: “We need an expanded and expansive vision which does not limit hard-won freedoms, but which invites us to be committed fellow citizens of developed character and loving purpose.”

The paper includes case studies of character-education development at a range of primary and secondary schools. It encourages all church schools to resist a “tick-box” approach to character education, and instead to embed its principles in every aspect of school life.

Earlier this year, the Department for Education (DfE) announced a £3.5-million fund to encourage character education, including an award of £125,000 to the C of E for a project involving two Anglican universities and 20 church and community schools in four dioceses.

In May, the DfE allocated £500,000 to a character-education project that involved more than 14 rugby clubs, including a 33-week course for so-called “NEETS” — young people not in education or employment.

In a comment at the time on character education, the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, said: “This is part of our core mission, to deliver real social justice by giving all children, regardless of background, the chance to fulfil their potential.”

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