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The influence of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues on character education in schools

Primary school playground
Published: June 2020

We were commissioned by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues to conduct an evaluative survey to provide JCCV with a better idea of the extent and nature of its impact on schools and practitioners.

Findings

  • Schools partnered with the JCCV typically understood character education in terms closely linked to the Centre’s Framework; suggesting a high level of engagement with the Centre’s work;
  • Schools were twice as likely to have been influenced in their approach to character education by the JCCV than they were from other sources, such as the Department for Education or Ofsted.
  • The majority of the schools partnered with the JCCV offered a range of school-wide, extra-curricular and day-to-day activities to explicitly develop desirable character traits among pupils. However, even though these schools were more engaged with the provision of character education than schools nationally, they were less likely to use these activities to deliver character education, suggesting that schools may have different understandings of character education, and they might not all follow the same pathways to its delivery.

Methodology

The convenience sample for the survey included 363 primary, middle and secondary schools. These were identified by the JCCV and the Association for Character Education (ACE) as schools that had previously engaged with one or both organisations in the past. Fieldwork involved an online questionnaire and was completed by 63 schools between September 2019 and January 2020.

Download from the Jubilee Centre, University of Birmingham