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None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

ACE Annual Conference

17/07/17

On 14th July, the Association for Character Education (ACE), supported by the Jubilee Centre, held its annual conference at Kings Langley School in Hertfordshire. Keynote speakers included Sir Anthony Seldon – who spoke about the central role of character education,  Alex Nelson, Employee Engagement Manager at Marks and Spencers, and the Jubilee Centre’s Dr. Tom Harrison – who spoke about the revised Jubilee Centre Framework for Character Education.

Former Secretary of State for Education Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP (who has been recently appointed the first chairwoman of the Treasury Committee) also spoke, and emphasised the importance of ‘teaching’ character whilst referring directly to the work of the Jubilee Centre.

There were a number of practical workshops on different aspects of character education, which were delivered by expert practitioners, including Jubilee Centre Research Fellow, Mike Fullard.  The fourth issue of Character Matters Journal was launched at the conference.  You can join ACE here

[pictured from left to right: Gary Lewis, Chair of ACE, The Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP and Professor James Arthur, Director of Jubilee Centre,]

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Jubilee Centre Mobile App Launched

17/07/17

The Jubilee Centre has launched a brand new mobile app that allows users to download teaching resources produced by the Centre, directly onto their mobile or tablet devices. Aimed primarily at teachers, the Jubilee Centre App has been designed to make accessing and viewing key character resources from our online library much easier. Users can ‘favourite’ the resources they use most and download content to access offline. The app is currently available in the Apple Store and will be available for Android users soon.  

 

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Jubilee Awards 2017

13/07/17

On Wednesday 12th July, the Jubilee Awards 2017 were held at the House of Lords to celebrate the winners of the Thank You Letter Awards and the Why Character Matters writing contest. Winners were joined by their families at the event, which was hosted by Lord James O’Shaughnessy.  This year, over 70,000 young people took part in the Thank You Letter Awards, which invited young people between the ages of 5 and 16 to write a letter thanking someone or something in their lives that they are grateful for. The Why Character Matters contest challenged university students to submit a piece of writing of no more than 500 words about why character matters to them.

Fifteen winners from the Thank You Letters Awards and five winners from the Why Character Matters contest were presented with their awards by Lord O’Shaughnessy.

The ceremony was introduced by Professor James Arthur and the winners were announced by Dr. Tom Harrison, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson and Aidan Thompson. The Centre also produced an awards programme which included excerpts from all the winning letters and the writing contest.

The Jubilee Awards winners are listed below:

Thank You Letter Awards

Yusuf Zaman – Year 1,  Penns Primary School, Sutton Coldfield

Mashal Solayman , Year 4, Beech Hill Primary School, Newcastle

Ranita Ariyibi - Year 4,  Broadford Primary School, Essex

Niroop Singh Nazran - Year 5, Nishkam Primary School, Birmingham

Ryan Claxton – Year 6, St Faiths Primary School, Norwich

Jayda Ogwulu Chriscasimir – Year 7, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

Emily Piper – Year 7, Hall Mead School, Essex

Thomas Visaya-Neville – Year 6, St Columba’s College, St Albans

Oran Lynch – Year 7, Broughton High School, Edinburgh

Yedam Kim – Year 7, University of Birmingham School, Birmingham

Mia Lewis – Year 7, Bishop Gore School, Swansea

Kimmy Shopland – Year 7, Lydiard Park Academy, Swindon

Evan Brewin – Year 8, Woking High School, Woking

Kane Whitehouse -  Year 9, Ninestiles Academy School, Birmingham

Pete Miller – Year 11, Langley School, Solihull

Why Character Matters Contest                               

Hollie Jones - University of Birmingham

David Elikwu - BPP Law School, London

Samuel Bartlett - University of Birmingham

Maria Anderson - University of Huddersfield

* You can read the winning entry from Hollie Jones on her blog page here

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Centre Launches LEAVERS Film With UoB School

10/07/17

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to launch LEAVERS with the University of Birmingham School, and made by Creative Media. The film congratulates the 6th form class of 2017, who are the first class to graduate from the University of Birmingham School. The film marks the occasion, and captures the voices of the students as they describe their journeys since joining the School in 2015. In the film, students talk about the choices that they've made, and the impact the School has had on their characters. The film was created by Creative Media at the University of Birmingham and can be viewed on the Jubilee Centre’s YouTube channel here.

 

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West Point Military Cadets Visit Centre

03/07/17

On the 29th and 30th June, the Centre welcomed cadets from West Point Military Academy in the U.S. The cadets, who are all studying philosophy, were accompanied by Professor of Philosophy at USMA West Point, Richard Schoonhoven and Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, Major Scott Parsons. Major Parsons has visited the Centre previously, and co-ordinated the visit from West Point. During their visit the cadets were given an introductory talk from Professor James Arthur about the work of the Jubilee Centre, as well as a presentation on the research the Centre is undertaking on character and virtue in the British Army. 

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New 'A Framework for Character Education in Schools' Published

15/06/17

The Jubilee Centre has revised its ‘A Framework for Character Education in Schools’, which was first published in 2013. The revised Framework contains a Neo-Aristotelian Model of Moral Development, which attempts to demonstrate the pathways to Virtue Action and Practice. The new version of the Framework consolidates the Jubilee Centre’s work over the past 5 years and draws together the theory and practice of how character is caught, taught, and sought in schools. It will be shared with schools across the UK, many of whom have already adopted the Centre’s principles of character education, worked with the Centre, and actively develop their students’ character. The new Framework can be viewed online and downloaded here.

You can also download a printable version of the Model of Moral Development here.

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Centre Welcomes James Pawelski as Distinguished Visiting Professor

14/06/17

The Jubilee Centre was delighted to welcome James Pawelski as a Distinguished Visiting Professor, during the week of 22nd May 2017. For over ten years, Professor Pawelski has served as the founding director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programme, where he teaches courses on positive interventions and the humanities and human flourishing. He also holds a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to further his studies on a new project entitled, ‘The Humanities and the Science of Well-Being: Toward a Strategic Collaboration for Understanding, Measuring, and Cultivating Human Flourishing.’

During his visit, Professor Pawelski spoke with each of the Centre’s Research Fellows about their research projects and provided advice on how best to present their findings in ways that are accessible to non-experts on character education. He also gave a seminar on his new Templeton Foundation funded project on the Arts, Humanities and Character Education, and identified potential synergies with our work in the Jubilee Centre. 

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New Animated Film Released

13/06/17

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to announce the launch of its new animated introductory film, produced by Handshake Studios. The film introduces viewers to the Jubilee Centre’s approach to character and virtues and asks the question ‘what would it take for society to truly flourish?’ The film will be used at presentations, conferences and training sessions run by the Jubilee Centre and its members of staff. You can view the new film below.

It is also available on the Centre’s YouTube channel. Please share and promote the film using the #charactermatters hashtag.

 

 

 

 

 

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Centre Hosts ‘Healing Friendship: Human and Divine’ One Day Conference

31/05/17

The Jubilee Centre co-hosted a one day conference together with the Aquinas Institute, at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford on 20th May, entitled, ‘Healing Friendship: Human and Divine’. The conference explored how human relationships, requiring empathy and trust, can be healing, and become channels of God’s healing friendship.

Conference organisers, Dr. Liz Gulliford of the Jubilee Centre, and Dr. Richard Conrad of The Aquinas Institute, both presented papers at the event. Dr. Gulliford’s paper was titled, ‘Imagining With and Hoping In’, and examined contrasting species of hope in theological, psychotherapeutic and positive psychological discourses. Dr. Conrad presented a paper on, ‘Nature and Grace in the Sacramental Encounter’.

The conference also featured three invited speakers; Professor Michael Pakaluk, of the Catholic University of America, who spoke about ‘Friendship’s Contribution to Psychological Well-Being in Aristotle’, Dr. Andrew Pinsent, Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, whose topic was ‘Joint Attention and Virtue Infusion, in Nature and Grace’, and Dr. Connie Svob of Columbia University, who presented a paper on ‘Divine Friendship in Times of Depression: Insights from Neuroscience’.

The conference, which was attended by over forty delegates, was hugely successful in stimulating a range of thought-provoking questions from a diverse audience.

You can watch all the presentations from the conference here.

You can also download Dr. Liz Gulliford's presentation slides here.

 

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Centre Holds Consultation on Connecting Character Education and Citizenship Education

26/05/17

The Jubilee Centre held a consultation on 22nd and 23rd May, at St George’s House, Windsor Castle. The subject of the consultation was ‘Connecting Character Education and Citizenship Education’. Twenty six delegates from across the fields of character education and citizenship education attended the event and were invited to discuss and reflect on how meaningful connections are being made, and can be made further, between character education and citizenship education.

You can view the programme agenda from the consultation here. The stimulus paper for discussion can also be found here

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Centre Director Attends Roundtable Discussion with Acting US Ambassador

15/05/17

Professor James Arthur was invited to attend a round table discussion with the acting US Ambassador to the UK, Mr Lewis Lukens, in London on 21st April. The meeting was organised by Step Up To Serve to discuss volunteerism and character and followed an exchange programme on volunteerism. The ways in which the UK and US can empower more young people to create positive change in their communities were discussed.

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Professor James Arthur Gives Lecture to Independent Schools Association Annual Conference

15/05/17

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, delivered a keynote presentation to 150 head teachers at the Independent Schools Association Annual Conference on Friday 12th May. The conference was entitled, ‘The Learning Mind, The Healthy Mind and The Relaxing Mind’. In his presentation, Professor Arthur spoke about the benefits of good character and how virtues and character education can form the basis for individual and societal flourishing. Professor Arthur then went on to speak about the commitment required of teachers as character educators before talking about the role that schools should play in building character education into all aspects of school life and the framework through which this should be achieved. The slides from Prof. Arthur’s presentation can be viewed here.

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Staff Achievements

15/05/17

Research Associate, Emma Taylor-Collins, has been awarded a Universitas 21 PhD scholarship to travel to the University of Melbourne. Emma, will spend 3 weeks in Melbourne, hosted by the Youth Research Centre, where she will present her research and meet academics working in the field of youth citizenship.

Mike Fullard has joined the Centre as a Research Fellow. Mike has 9 years’ experience as a primary school teacher in Birmingham schools. Mike worked for the Jubilee Centre as a Teaching Fellow in 2016, where he was the lead author on the Centre’s ‘Teaching Character through the Primary Curriculum’ resource pack.

Jason Metcalfe has recently been appointed as a Teaching Fellow and will join the Centre in September. Jason is a Religious Education in a secondary school in Birmingham.

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Centre Contributes to a Framework for Character Education in Scotland’s Schools

12/05/17

The Jubilee Centre’s Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison have contributed to the development of a framework for character education in Scottish Schools in conjunction with Character Scotland. The framework aims to provide a rationale for the centrality of character education in the Scottish context of the Curriculum for Excellence, which is transforming all aspects of education in Scotland. The framework outlines how the cultivation of particular virtues through character education can significantly contribute to the objectives of the Curriculum for Excellence, which aims to foster four capacities in all young people: successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. The Framework also highlights the pivotal role of character education to Scotland’s national improvement agenda of achieving excellence and equity in their educational system, to developing their young workforce and to closing the attainment gap.

You can read a draft copy of Framework for Character Education in Scottish Schools here. Character Scotland welcome any comments.

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Andrew Peterson Gives Lecture on Compassion and Humility

08/05/17

Andrew Peterson, a former Senior Research Fellow of the Jubilee Centre, has been made a professor at Canterbury Christ Church University, and gave his inaugural lecture titled 'Why Compassion and Humility Matter in Education Today' on Thursday 4th May. Prof. Peterson spoke of the importance of compassion and humility as virtues in their own rights, and of how and why they are relevant virtues in education today. Prof. Peterson has worked with the Jubilee Centre in the past, and is currently working with several schools to undertake an evaluation of the character-based teaching resources that the Centre has produced. The lecture is available to download here.

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Centre Teaching Fellow Becomes Head of The London Oratory School

04/05/17

Daniel Wright has been named as the new Headmaster of The London Oratory School from January 2018. Dan was the Jubilee Centre's first Teaching Fellow in September – December 2014, and is lead author on the Secondary Programme of Study, produced by the Centre and used by hundreds of schools.

Dan read History at St John’s College, Cambridge and began teaching at Gordon’s School in 2000. He moved to Godalming College as Head of History in 2004, where he subsequently became Director of Faculty. He moved to his current position as Deputy Headmaster of St George’s College, Weybridge, a leading co-educational Catholic independent day school for 11-18 year olds, in 2015.

The Centre congratulates Dan on his appointment to this prestigious role. 

The announcement of Dan’s appointment can be found on The London Oratory School’s website here.

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Free One Day Conference 'Healing Friendship, Human and Divine'

25/04/17

Join us for a free one day conference - 'Healing Friendship: Human and Divine'

This is a joint conference sponsored by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford

Saturday 20th May, 2017, 9:30am- 5:00pm   Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

Many accounts of virtue leave us with the impression that we have to strive as individuals to build up these “good habits” by practice. In reality we depend on others for knowledge of the virtues and for their growth, as well as for opportunities to practise them.  This conference will explore how human relationships, requiring empathy and trust, can be healing, and, in the Church and her Sacramental system, become channels of God’s healing friendship. This will contribute to the Jubilee Centre’s on-going project of exploring how communities can promote mature integrity. It will contribute to the Aquinas Institute’s research project on how human complexity is compatible with the unity of the human soul, created in the Triune God’s image.

Entry to the conference is free. For registration and enquiries email l.z.gulliford@bham.ac.uk

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Centre’s New Online Course Now Open for Registration

06/04/17

The Jubilee Centre's new free online course, entitled, Building Character through Youth Social Action begins on the 12th June and is now open for registration. The two week course provides an opportunity to learn about the history of social action, and how youth social action can help build character in young people.  

The activities young people do to help others and the environment is becoming increasingly recognised as a way to improve communities and develop young people’s characters. Educational institutions, businesses, voluntary organisations and governments are investing in social action to provide opportunities to young people of all backgrounds. On this course you will explore the historical and theoretical roots of youth social action, and learn how social action can be a journey for young people, helping them build their character and confidence.

This course is delivered in partnership with the University of Birmingham and FutureLearn and is open for anyone with an interest in youth work and working with young people. Active participation is encouraged, with the FutureLearn platform providing message boards and discussion topics throughout the two-week course.

The course runs from 12th to 26th June 2017 – Registration is now open

 

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Dr. Harrison Meets Colombian Minister of Education and Centre Begins Partnerships in Latin America

03/04/17

The Jubilee Centre’s Director of Education, Dr. Tom Harrison, recently met with the Colombian Minister of Education, Yaneth Giha Tovar, whilst giving the keynote address at a character and positive education conference in Bogata.  The conference was organised by the Florecer Institute, and was led by its founder, Andrea Ortega Bechara.  

Dr. Harrison gave a presentation at the conference, entitled ‘Education for a life of flourishing’, which outlined the connections between positive and character education.  The conference was attended by Colombian Senators and members of the Colombian civil service.  During the visit, Dr. Harrison also worked with the Florecer Institute to discuss plans for a national roll out of character and positive education programmes in schools.  

The visit marks the beginning of the Jubilee Centre’s new initiative of establishing institutional partnerships with different organisations across Central and South America that are active in the area of research and policy in character education. 

One of the most significant projects that the Centre will be involved with is the applied research project, Niños Protagonistas, which is funded by the Italian Government. The aim of the project is the prevention of violence among and against children in El Salvador through character education activities.  

The Centre is also in partnership with two other applied research projects in the field of character and virtues development among young people. One of which, is through volunteering programmes in Argentina and Paraguay. The other is in the Northern Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras), and aims to increase the inclusion of young people from poor families through training, particularly those who have previously emigrated to the US and have been deported.

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Prof. James Arthur Meets Prime Minister and Discusses Character

24/03/17

Professor James Arthur was invited to a reception at No. 10 Downing Street by Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday 20th March, at which he was able to discuss with her the character building activities in the new University of Birmingham School. The PM was full of praise for the school, and in particular for the University of Birmingham, which she applauded in her short speech. Professor Arthur originally proposed the establishment of the school and set its character building focus.  

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Dr. Tom Harrison Gives Keynote Speech at C of E Leaders Conference

24/03/17

Dr. Tom Harrison gave the keynote address at the Church of England South West Dioceses Leaders Conference. The conference, which was held at Exeter Racecourse on Friday 24th March, focussed on character education and leadership.  Dr. Harrison’s presentation was entitled Virtue, Religion and Character Education; Common Purpose for a Common Cause.  In the presentation he explored the commonalities and differences between philosophical and theological understandings of character and the implications of these for school based character education practice.   Nigel Genders, the Chief Education Officer for the Church of England, also presented on the links between leadership and character education.  During the event 6 schools from the South West region presented inspiring case studies of their work on character education. 

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Centre Director Attends Step Up to Serve Advisory Council

17/03/17

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, attended a meeting at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 15th March, as a member of the Advisory Council of Step Up to Serve, under the leadership of the organisation’s patron HRH the Prince of Wales. Professor Arthur was able to speak to the Council about the Habits of Service research that the Jubilee Centre is conducting in collaboration with thousands of volunteers in Britain. He also met the Prince and discussed the work of the Jubilee Centre and the Prince spoke publically about the importance of character.

   

 

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Centre Welcomes Professor Marvin Berkowitz

15/03/17

The Jubilee Centre was pleased to welcome Professor Marvin Berkowitz who visited the Centre this week. Prof. Berkowitz is Professor of Character Education and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is a leading expert in character education. He has been advising the Centre on current projects as they move towards reporting as well as laying the foundations for work the Centre is initiating with parents. Prof. Berkowitz is also advising on other areas relating to the field of character education.

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ACE Annual Conference

17/07/17

On 14th July, the Association for Character Education (ACE), supported by the Jubilee Centre, held its annual conference at Kings Langley School in Hertfordshire. Keynote speakers included Sir Anthony Seldon – who spoke about the central role of character education,  Alex Nelson, Employee Engagement Manager at Marks and Spencers, and the Jubilee Centre’s Dr. Tom Harrison – who spoke about the revised Jubilee Centre Framework for Character Education.

Former Secretary of State for Education Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP (who has been recently appointed the first chairwoman of the Treasury Committee) also spoke, and emphasised the importance of ‘teaching’ character whilst referring directly to the work of the Jubilee Centre.

There were a number of practical workshops on different aspects of character education, which were delivered by expert practitioners, including Jubilee Centre Research Fellow, Mike Fullard.  The fourth issue of Character Matters Journal was launched at the conference.  You can join ACE here

[pictured from left to right: Gary Lewis, Chair of ACE, The Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP and Professor James Arthur, Director of Jubilee Centre,]

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Jubilee Centre Mobile App Launched

17/07/17

The Jubilee Centre has launched a brand new mobile app that allows users to download teaching resources produced by the Centre, directly onto their mobile or tablet devices. Aimed primarily at teachers, the Jubilee Centre App has been designed to make accessing and viewing key character resources from our online library much easier. Users can ‘favourite’ the resources they use most and download content to access offline. The app is currently available in the Apple Store and will be available for Android users soon.  

 

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Jubilee Awards 2017

13/07/17

On Wednesday 12th July, the Jubilee Awards 2017 were held at the House of Lords to celebrate the winners of the Thank You Letter Awards and the Why Character Matters writing contest. Winners were joined by their families at the event, which was hosted by Lord James O’Shaughnessy.  This year, over 70,000 young people took part in the Thank You Letter Awards, which invited young people between the ages of 5 and 16 to write a letter thanking someone or something in their lives that they are grateful for. The Why Character Matters contest challenged university students to submit a piece of writing of no more than 500 words about why character matters to them.

Fifteen winners from the Thank You Letters Awards and five winners from the Why Character Matters contest were presented with their awards by Lord O’Shaughnessy.

The ceremony was introduced by Professor James Arthur and the winners were announced by Dr. Tom Harrison, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson and Aidan Thompson. The Centre also produced an awards programme which included excerpts from all the winning letters and the writing contest.

The Jubilee Awards winners are listed below:

Thank You Letter Awards

Yusuf Zaman – Year 1,  Penns Primary School, Sutton Coldfield

Mashal Solayman , Year 4, Beech Hill Primary School, Newcastle

Ranita Ariyibi - Year 4,  Broadford Primary School, Essex

Niroop Singh Nazran - Year 5, Nishkam Primary School, Birmingham

Ryan Claxton – Year 6, St Faiths Primary School, Norwich

Jayda Ogwulu Chriscasimir – Year 7, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

Emily Piper – Year 7, Hall Mead School, Essex

Thomas Visaya-Neville – Year 6, St Columba’s College, St Albans

Oran Lynch – Year 7, Broughton High School, Edinburgh

Yedam Kim – Year 7, University of Birmingham School, Birmingham

Mia Lewis – Year 7, Bishop Gore School, Swansea

Kimmy Shopland – Year 7, Lydiard Park Academy, Swindon

Evan Brewin – Year 8, Woking High School, Woking

Kane Whitehouse -  Year 9, Ninestiles Academy School, Birmingham

Pete Miller – Year 11, Langley School, Solihull

Why Character Matters Contest                               

Hollie Jones - University of Birmingham

David Elikwu - BPP Law School, London

Samuel Bartlett - University of Birmingham

Maria Anderson - University of Huddersfield

* You can read the winning entry from Hollie Jones on her blog page here

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Centre Launches LEAVERS Film With UoB School

10/07/17

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to launch LEAVERS with the University of Birmingham School, and made by Creative Media. The film congratulates the 6th form class of 2017, who are the first class to graduate from the University of Birmingham School. The film marks the occasion, and captures the voices of the students as they describe their journeys since joining the School in 2015. In the film, students talk about the choices that they've made, and the impact the School has had on their characters. The film was created by Creative Media at the University of Birmingham and can be viewed on the Jubilee Centre’s YouTube channel here.

 

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West Point Military Cadets Visit Centre

03/07/17

On the 29th and 30th June, the Centre welcomed cadets from West Point Military Academy in the U.S. The cadets, who are all studying philosophy, were accompanied by Professor of Philosophy at USMA West Point, Richard Schoonhoven and Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, Major Scott Parsons. Major Parsons has visited the Centre previously, and co-ordinated the visit from West Point. During their visit the cadets were given an introductory talk from Professor James Arthur about the work of the Jubilee Centre, as well as a presentation on the research the Centre is undertaking on character and virtue in the British Army. 

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New 'A Framework for Character Education in Schools' Published

15/06/17

The Jubilee Centre has revised its ‘A Framework for Character Education in Schools’, which was first published in 2013. The revised Framework contains a Neo-Aristotelian Model of Moral Development, which attempts to demonstrate the pathways to Virtue Action and Practice. The new version of the Framework consolidates the Jubilee Centre’s work over the past 5 years and draws together the theory and practice of how character is caught, taught, and sought in schools. It will be shared with schools across the UK, many of whom have already adopted the Centre’s principles of character education, worked with the Centre, and actively develop their students’ character. The new Framework can be viewed online and downloaded here.

You can also download a printable version of the Model of Moral Development here.

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Centre Welcomes James Pawelski as Distinguished Visiting Professor

14/06/17

The Jubilee Centre was delighted to welcome James Pawelski as a Distinguished Visiting Professor, during the week of 22nd May 2017. For over ten years, Professor Pawelski has served as the founding director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) programme, where he teaches courses on positive interventions and the humanities and human flourishing. He also holds a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to further his studies on a new project entitled, ‘The Humanities and the Science of Well-Being: Toward a Strategic Collaboration for Understanding, Measuring, and Cultivating Human Flourishing.’

During his visit, Professor Pawelski spoke with each of the Centre’s Research Fellows about their research projects and provided advice on how best to present their findings in ways that are accessible to non-experts on character education. He also gave a seminar on his new Templeton Foundation funded project on the Arts, Humanities and Character Education, and identified potential synergies with our work in the Jubilee Centre. 

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New Animated Film Released

13/06/17

The Jubilee Centre is delighted to announce the launch of its new animated introductory film, produced by Handshake Studios. The film introduces viewers to the Jubilee Centre’s approach to character and virtues and asks the question ‘what would it take for society to truly flourish?’ The film will be used at presentations, conferences and training sessions run by the Jubilee Centre and its members of staff. You can view the new film below.

It is also available on the Centre’s YouTube channel. Please share and promote the film using the #charactermatters hashtag.

 

 

 

 

 

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Centre Hosts ‘Healing Friendship: Human and Divine’ One Day Conference

31/05/17

The Jubilee Centre co-hosted a one day conference together with the Aquinas Institute, at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford on 20th May, entitled, ‘Healing Friendship: Human and Divine’. The conference explored how human relationships, requiring empathy and trust, can be healing, and become channels of God’s healing friendship.

Conference organisers, Dr. Liz Gulliford of the Jubilee Centre, and Dr. Richard Conrad of The Aquinas Institute, both presented papers at the event. Dr. Gulliford’s paper was titled, ‘Imagining With and Hoping In’, and examined contrasting species of hope in theological, psychotherapeutic and positive psychological discourses. Dr. Conrad presented a paper on, ‘Nature and Grace in the Sacramental Encounter’.

The conference also featured three invited speakers; Professor Michael Pakaluk, of the Catholic University of America, who spoke about ‘Friendship’s Contribution to Psychological Well-Being in Aristotle’, Dr. Andrew Pinsent, Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion, whose topic was ‘Joint Attention and Virtue Infusion, in Nature and Grace’, and Dr. Connie Svob of Columbia University, who presented a paper on ‘Divine Friendship in Times of Depression: Insights from Neuroscience’.

The conference, which was attended by over forty delegates, was hugely successful in stimulating a range of thought-provoking questions from a diverse audience.

You can watch all the presentations from the conference here.

You can also download Dr. Liz Gulliford's presentation slides here.

 

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Centre Holds Consultation on Connecting Character Education and Citizenship Education

26/05/17

The Jubilee Centre held a consultation on 22nd and 23rd May, at St George’s House, Windsor Castle. The subject of the consultation was ‘Connecting Character Education and Citizenship Education’. Twenty six delegates from across the fields of character education and citizenship education attended the event and were invited to discuss and reflect on how meaningful connections are being made, and can be made further, between character education and citizenship education.

You can view the programme agenda from the consultation here. The stimulus paper for discussion can also be found here

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Centre Director Attends Roundtable Discussion with Acting US Ambassador

15/05/17

Professor James Arthur was invited to attend a round table discussion with the acting US Ambassador to the UK, Mr Lewis Lukens, in London on 21st April. The meeting was organised by Step Up To Serve to discuss volunteerism and character and followed an exchange programme on volunteerism. The ways in which the UK and US can empower more young people to create positive change in their communities were discussed.

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Professor James Arthur Gives Lecture to Independent Schools Association Annual Conference

15/05/17

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, delivered a keynote presentation to 150 head teachers at the Independent Schools Association Annual Conference on Friday 12th May. The conference was entitled, ‘The Learning Mind, The Healthy Mind and The Relaxing Mind’. In his presentation, Professor Arthur spoke about the benefits of good character and how virtues and character education can form the basis for individual and societal flourishing. Professor Arthur then went on to speak about the commitment required of teachers as character educators before talking about the role that schools should play in building character education into all aspects of school life and the framework through which this should be achieved. The slides from Prof. Arthur’s presentation can be viewed here.

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Staff Achievements

15/05/17

Research Associate, Emma Taylor-Collins, has been awarded a Universitas 21 PhD scholarship to travel to the University of Melbourne. Emma, will spend 3 weeks in Melbourne, hosted by the Youth Research Centre, where she will present her research and meet academics working in the field of youth citizenship.

Mike Fullard has joined the Centre as a Research Fellow. Mike has 9 years’ experience as a primary school teacher in Birmingham schools. Mike worked for the Jubilee Centre as a Teaching Fellow in 2016, where he was the lead author on the Centre’s ‘Teaching Character through the Primary Curriculum’ resource pack.

Jason Metcalfe has recently been appointed as a Teaching Fellow and will join the Centre in September. Jason is a Religious Education in a secondary school in Birmingham.

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Centre Contributes to a Framework for Character Education in Scotland’s Schools

12/05/17

The Jubilee Centre’s Professor James Arthur and Dr. Tom Harrison have contributed to the development of a framework for character education in Scottish Schools in conjunction with Character Scotland. The framework aims to provide a rationale for the centrality of character education in the Scottish context of the Curriculum for Excellence, which is transforming all aspects of education in Scotland. The framework outlines how the cultivation of particular virtues through character education can significantly contribute to the objectives of the Curriculum for Excellence, which aims to foster four capacities in all young people: successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. The Framework also highlights the pivotal role of character education to Scotland’s national improvement agenda of achieving excellence and equity in their educational system, to developing their young workforce and to closing the attainment gap.

You can read a draft copy of Framework for Character Education in Scottish Schools here. Character Scotland welcome any comments.

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Andrew Peterson Gives Lecture on Compassion and Humility

08/05/17

Andrew Peterson, a former Senior Research Fellow of the Jubilee Centre, has been made a professor at Canterbury Christ Church University, and gave his inaugural lecture titled 'Why Compassion and Humility Matter in Education Today' on Thursday 4th May. Prof. Peterson spoke of the importance of compassion and humility as virtues in their own rights, and of how and why they are relevant virtues in education today. Prof. Peterson has worked with the Jubilee Centre in the past, and is currently working with several schools to undertake an evaluation of the character-based teaching resources that the Centre has produced. The lecture is available to download here.

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Centre Teaching Fellow Becomes Head of The London Oratory School

04/05/17

Daniel Wright has been named as the new Headmaster of The London Oratory School from January 2018. Dan was the Jubilee Centre's first Teaching Fellow in September – December 2014, and is lead author on the Secondary Programme of Study, produced by the Centre and used by hundreds of schools.

Dan read History at St John’s College, Cambridge and began teaching at Gordon’s School in 2000. He moved to Godalming College as Head of History in 2004, where he subsequently became Director of Faculty. He moved to his current position as Deputy Headmaster of St George’s College, Weybridge, a leading co-educational Catholic independent day school for 11-18 year olds, in 2015.

The Centre congratulates Dan on his appointment to this prestigious role. 

The announcement of Dan’s appointment can be found on The London Oratory School’s website here.

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Free One Day Conference 'Healing Friendship, Human and Divine'

25/04/17

Join us for a free one day conference - 'Healing Friendship: Human and Divine'

This is a joint conference sponsored by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and the Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars, Oxford

Saturday 20th May, 2017, 9:30am- 5:00pm   Blackfriars Hall, Oxford

Many accounts of virtue leave us with the impression that we have to strive as individuals to build up these “good habits” by practice. In reality we depend on others for knowledge of the virtues and for their growth, as well as for opportunities to practise them.  This conference will explore how human relationships, requiring empathy and trust, can be healing, and, in the Church and her Sacramental system, become channels of God’s healing friendship. This will contribute to the Jubilee Centre’s on-going project of exploring how communities can promote mature integrity. It will contribute to the Aquinas Institute’s research project on how human complexity is compatible with the unity of the human soul, created in the Triune God’s image.

Entry to the conference is free. For registration and enquiries email l.z.gulliford@bham.ac.uk

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Centre’s New Online Course Now Open for Registration

06/04/17

The Jubilee Centre's new free online course, entitled, Building Character through Youth Social Action begins on the 12th June and is now open for registration. The two week course provides an opportunity to learn about the history of social action, and how youth social action can help build character in young people.  

The activities young people do to help others and the environment is becoming increasingly recognised as a way to improve communities and develop young people’s characters. Educational institutions, businesses, voluntary organisations and governments are investing in social action to provide opportunities to young people of all backgrounds. On this course you will explore the historical and theoretical roots of youth social action, and learn how social action can be a journey for young people, helping them build their character and confidence.

This course is delivered in partnership with the University of Birmingham and FutureLearn and is open for anyone with an interest in youth work and working with young people. Active participation is encouraged, with the FutureLearn platform providing message boards and discussion topics throughout the two-week course.

The course runs from 12th to 26th June 2017 – Registration is now open

 

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Dr. Harrison Meets Colombian Minister of Education and Centre Begins Partnerships in Latin America

03/04/17

The Jubilee Centre’s Director of Education, Dr. Tom Harrison, recently met with the Colombian Minister of Education, Yaneth Giha Tovar, whilst giving the keynote address at a character and positive education conference in Bogata.  The conference was organised by the Florecer Institute, and was led by its founder, Andrea Ortega Bechara.  

Dr. Harrison gave a presentation at the conference, entitled ‘Education for a life of flourishing’, which outlined the connections between positive and character education.  The conference was attended by Colombian Senators and members of the Colombian civil service.  During the visit, Dr. Harrison also worked with the Florecer Institute to discuss plans for a national roll out of character and positive education programmes in schools.  

The visit marks the beginning of the Jubilee Centre’s new initiative of establishing institutional partnerships with different organisations across Central and South America that are active in the area of research and policy in character education. 

One of the most significant projects that the Centre will be involved with is the applied research project, Niños Protagonistas, which is funded by the Italian Government. The aim of the project is the prevention of violence among and against children in El Salvador through character education activities.  

The Centre is also in partnership with two other applied research projects in the field of character and virtues development among young people. One of which, is through volunteering programmes in Argentina and Paraguay. The other is in the Northern Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras), and aims to increase the inclusion of young people from poor families through training, particularly those who have previously emigrated to the US and have been deported.

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Prof. James Arthur Meets Prime Minister and Discusses Character

24/03/17

Professor James Arthur was invited to a reception at No. 10 Downing Street by Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday 20th March, at which he was able to discuss with her the character building activities in the new University of Birmingham School. The PM was full of praise for the school, and in particular for the University of Birmingham, which she applauded in her short speech. Professor Arthur originally proposed the establishment of the school and set its character building focus.  

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Dr. Tom Harrison Gives Keynote Speech at C of E Leaders Conference

24/03/17

Dr. Tom Harrison gave the keynote address at the Church of England South West Dioceses Leaders Conference. The conference, which was held at Exeter Racecourse on Friday 24th March, focussed on character education and leadership.  Dr. Harrison’s presentation was entitled Virtue, Religion and Character Education; Common Purpose for a Common Cause.  In the presentation he explored the commonalities and differences between philosophical and theological understandings of character and the implications of these for school based character education practice.   Nigel Genders, the Chief Education Officer for the Church of England, also presented on the links between leadership and character education.  During the event 6 schools from the South West region presented inspiring case studies of their work on character education. 

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Centre Director Attends Step Up to Serve Advisory Council

17/03/17

Centre Director, Professor James Arthur, attended a meeting at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 15th March, as a member of the Advisory Council of Step Up to Serve, under the leadership of the organisation’s patron HRH the Prince of Wales. Professor Arthur was able to speak to the Council about the Habits of Service research that the Jubilee Centre is conducting in collaboration with thousands of volunteers in Britain. He also met the Prince and discussed the work of the Jubilee Centre and the Prince spoke publically about the importance of character.

   

 

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Centre Welcomes Professor Marvin Berkowitz

15/03/17

The Jubilee Centre was pleased to welcome Professor Marvin Berkowitz who visited the Centre this week. Prof. Berkowitz is Professor of Character Education and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is a leading expert in character education. He has been advising the Centre on current projects as they move towards reporting as well as laying the foundations for work the Centre is initiating with parents. Prof. Berkowitz is also advising on other areas relating to the field of character education.

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