THE Church of England Education Office has been awarded a
£125,000 government grant for research into the development of
character education in schools. The award, announced this week
by the Department for Education, has been made through its
designated character-education fund.
The research into the effectiveness of teaching strategies aimed
at developing character, will be piloted in 20 C of E schools
across the dioceses of Chester, Derby, Exeter, and Peterborough,
and will draw on expertise from two Anglican universities:
Canterbury Christ Church, and St Mark and St John, Plymouth.
The importance of character education was a current emphasis at
the DfE, said Professor Trevor Cooling, the director of the
National Institute of Christian Education Research, which is based
at Canterbury Christ Church. Strategies pioneered at the centre
will underpin the project.
The project was an example of what can be achieved by drawing
together expertise in different branches of the C of E's
involvement in education, the Chief Education Officer, Nigel
Writing in the Church Times today, he
says that the development of character will help pupils to
contribute to their neighbourhood.