Church of England calls for character education to be centrally important in schools

Various speakers talk of the powerful impact of Educating Ruby on their thinking at launch of new document

At a packed event on Friday 16 October at Church House in London, Bishop Stephen of Ely shared his concerns about the reductionist approach to education and its damaging impact on young people.

Bill Lucas, along with the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, argued that education is a moral venture. Schools are moral enterprises, with cultures and practices saturated with value judgements. Schools adopting approaches like Building Learning Power are daily showing how it is possible to excel and cultivate the kinds of habits of mind which will help students thrive in tricky times.

Bill was a key member of the team writing Fruits of the Spirit: A Church of England Discussion Paper on Character Education, launched on Friday. You can read the whole document here.