DfE plans for character education benchmarks

This week, the secretary of state for education, Damian Hinds, has set out his ambition that all children should be able to access at least one of five foundations for building character. These are sport, creativity, performing, volunteering and membership, and the world of work.

As part of this, Mr Hinds has announced a new advisory group to develop “a new framework to help teachers and school leaders identify the types of opportunities that will help support their pupils to build character”. This framework will also serve as a “self-assessment tool for schools to check how well they are doing”. Furthermore, Mr Hinds has also announced plans to reintroduce the government’s national character awards, which were first set up by Nicky Morgan but dropped by Justine Greening in 2017.