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What will this year hold for character education?

The government has thrown its backing behind character education, with a national awards and financial grants. Suzanne O'Connell looks at how schools might embrace and prioritise this agenda in the year ahead

We have had the Character Awards and the character grants have been allocated. In the next school year we can expect to see yet more emphasis on character education. But what exactly might this mean?

The majority of schools welcomed the new emphasis on character education announced by the Department for Education (DfE). "Schools were ready for its introduction," said Dr Tom Harrison, director of development at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, part of Birmingham University. "They're tired of the push on testing and are aware of the need for more of an emphasis on wellbeing. It came just at the right time."

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