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Recognition by the Secretary of State


On the 7th Feburary 2019 a speech by Damien Hinds on Character Education mentioned and recognized Association for Character Edcucation's work around the Schools of Character Kitemark. In the speech the S of S said ‘We are also exploring how schools could be recognised or accredited for the work they have done in this area. I know that the Association of Character Education is doing some very interesting developments in this space.’ The DfE are putting together an advisory group where one of their main  tasks will be to develop some school self-evaluation character education benchmarks – which we hope will be based on the Kitemark. On top of this is the news that Ofsted are now also taking Character seriously – the policy environment has never looked better.

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2019 ACE Annual Conference News


Northampton Academy, Wellingborough Road NN3 8NH Northampton, United Kingdom
Friday, 12th July 2019 from 9:45am to 3:15pm

We are now inviting members to confirm attendance and select workshops for this year’s conference at Northampton Academy on Friday 12th July. Click the links below to download the conference programme and to confirm attendance:

The Annual Conference is an ACE Member only event. One place at the conference is reserved for each member. If you are unsure whether you are currently registered as an ACE Member or for any membership related queries, please get in touch by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Ofsted Framework - Kitemark Application

The year has got off to a great start as the new Ofsted framework, under consultation, will require all schools in England to show how they are developing character if they are to be rated good or outstanding in the personal development category. This means all schools will be required to explicitly demonstrate how they develop the character of their pupils. The advice for for personal development states that schools must show how they are 'developing pupils’ character, the set of positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that informs their motivation and guides their conduct so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others. This gives pupils the qualities they need to flourish in our society'.

Schools interested in demonstrating how they meet this requirement might consider applying for the Schools of Character Kitemark or Kitemark plus administered by ACE.  By gaining the Kitemark you are able to demonstrate how you meet the following grade descriptors:
Outstanding (1) - The way the school goes about developing pupils’ character is exemplary and is worthy of being shared with others.
Good (2) -  The curriculum and the school’s wider work support pupils to develop character.

The Kitemarks have undergone a successful pilot in 2018 and is now open to any schools interested in applying for it.  An information and application pack for the Kitemark can be downloaded here.

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Post Conference Resources



ACE national conference resources 2018.


Resources of recieved presentations. More will be added as recieved.



Key Note Presentations


Key Note Presentation - The Heart of Character - Simon Cohen


Key Note Presentation - Kind Kids - Tom Lockona


Key Note Presemtation - My Character Journey - Elizabeth Wright 

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Workshop 1 Presentations 


1B. Teaching Ethical / moral education as part of a Well-being programme - Ian Morris: Wllington College


1C. Bringing Character Education to the Forefront of a Secondary School - Andrew Peterson: Townley Grammar School


1D. Using Reflection in the classroom - Ruth Jennings: Kings Langley School


1E. Character and Social Mobility - Louise Macarthur-Clare: Teach First


1F. Developing Character throuhg Social Action: Breaking down Barriers - Elizabeth Howat and Dan Finn: The Archbishop of York Youth Trust 

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Workshop 2 Presentations 


2A. Using the Self-evaluation tool as a way to embed Character from ground zero. - Chris Clyne: Northampton Academy


Ofsted Seam Harford speech on character education




ACE South West Region Conference

On Wednesday 21st March 2018  – a collaboration between Townley Grammar School, Canterbury Christ Church University, and the Association for Character Education – provides an exciting opportunity to discuss the principles and benefits of character education. Keynote speakers will share their expertise so that schools can begin laying their own frameworks, or indeed build on existing frameworks, for character education provision. This event is suitable for everyone from senior leader level through to trainee teachers.

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New Character Education Kitemark for Schools

Schools can now register their interest in our new Character Education Kitemark which will be piloted during 2018. The kitemark scheme will support schools to achieve excellence in developing character across the school through a structured and supported process delivered by the Association for Character Education. To become involved in 2018 register your interest now and we will keep you updated as this important development progresses. Find out more.


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