Education for Character: Roundtable Workshops

The week commencing 13th April Demos will be holding three workshops with practitioners and policy experts to discuss character education which will feed into a project that will be published later in the year. The three events are scheduled as follows:

Individual and classroom-based approaches: Tuesday 14th April, 6.00-7.30pm – This session is aimed at classroom teachers

Whole-school approaches: Wednesday 15th April, 6.00-7.30pm – This session is aimed at heads and senior leaders
Whole-system approaches: Thursday 16th April, 6.00-7.30pm – This session is aimed at national-level policy experts

Character education is a hot topic in education policy. Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Education Secretary, has made it one of his defining issues. And earlier this month, at the ceremony for the inaugural Character Awards, Nicky Morgan MP, the Secretary of State for Education, said that ‘character education is a central part of our plan for education’.

But what is meant by character education? What is the evidence base for it? How widespread is character education already in schools’ everyday practice? How does it overlap and differ from PSHE, Citizenship and SEAL? And what are the barriers and incentives to it becoming more widespread?

Each seminar will begin with a briefing on the political context and the evidence base from the research team, followed by an open conversation (conducted under Chatham House Rules) during which we will endeavour to develop answers to these questions.

Please note these workshops are invitation-only. If you are interested in attending please contact our Events Manager, Alice Meaning at [email protected]