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The Association of Character Education

Character education, as it has come to be known, is a key policy for the government and a key priority for schools. Among the recent developments has been the launch of new subject association for this area called ACE. Dr Tom Harrison explains

Character education is not a new idea – parents, schools and others have sought to build the character of children and young people since the beginning of time.

However, in recent years, Britain has experienced a renewed interest in how children and young people develop character virtues, such as resilience, honesty, compassion and courage. This has brought a greater focus on the planned and structured activities run by schools that consciously and explicitly set out to build character.

Activities such as these have collectively become known as character education. The government has supported this renewed emphasis on character, and in the last year the secretary of state for education has launched a character award for schools and also given grants to schools and other organisations in order to develop their character education provision.

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