Character matters. As more and more schools are choosing to teach Character Education, trainee and beginning teachers need to know more. What is Character Education? Can it really be ‘taught’? How does children's learning benefit from discussions around character in the classroom? How do I teach it? What does good teaching of Character Education look like in the classroom?

a Taught Course in Character Education

A taught course in character education

In this chapter you will:

  • learn how to structure a character education curriculum;
  • understand the difference between virtue knowledge, virtue reasoning and virtue practice;
  • discover the caterpillar process for developing virtue;
  • view an example series of lessons on fairness for Reception to Year 6 pupils.


This chapter moves swiftly from the theory of character education to its practice. The aim of the chapter is to demonstrate to readers the value of a taught course in character education. As previously explained, a taught course ensures that a primary school's character education curriculum is intentional and planned. Lessons in various aspects of character also ensure that pupils develop a language of character as well as being provided with some tools ...

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