Association for Character Education

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Introducing Association for Character Education

ACE is a not for profit membership organisation.  It is a community for schools, organisations and individuals interested in character education to share expertise and practice.  The organisation supports schools, teachers and other educationalists to develop and promote character education responses that enable young people and societies to flourish.

It does this by:

  • Supporting teachers and other educators to develop a vision and strategy for the enhancement of character education in their school / organisation
  • Demonstrating the value of character education to teachers, other educational professionals, policy makers, parents, employers and other interested parties

Raise the profile of character education in the U.K. and demonstrate its effectiveness at supporting other whole school aims including attainment, behavior and careers. Character is a set of personal traits that produce specific emotions, inform motivation and guide conduct. Character education is an umbrella term for all explicit and implicit educational activities that help young people develop positive personal strengths called virtues.

Character education is more than just a subject. It has a place in the culture and functions of families, classrooms, schools and other institutions. Character education is about helping students grasp what is ethically important in situations and how to act for the right reasons, so that they become more autonomous and reflective. Students need to decide the kind of person they wish to become and to learn to choose between alternatives. In this process, the ultimate aim of character education is the development of good sense or practical wisdom: the capacity to choose intelligently between alternatives.

A School of Character:

  • is committed to developing moral, civic, performance and intellectual virtues in all that it does
  • has a stated vision for character education actively promoted throughout the schooprovides all students with tangible opportunities to develop their character
  • is intentional, proactive and comprehensive in cultivating character
  • understands the intrinsic and extrinsic benefits of good character
  • has School leaders that are demonstrably committed to Character Education
  • has teachers that share the vision for Character Education in the school and who take Character Education to be core to their role
  • engages families and community members in cultivating character
  • can evidence that it has an effective Character Education strategy that is shared and understood by staff and students

All CMAT schools and academies will be working towards achieving the Schools of Character Award through the Challenger Diploma

Our Location

Located In Birmingham

Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

Room 1250, 12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Our Partners

Challenger Trust
Contour Education Services
Challenge Partners
SBM Services
Educational Personnel Management
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom