Good character is the basis for individual and societal flourishing
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
- Raising the profile of character education in the U.K. and demonstrating its effectiveness at supporting other whole school aims including attainment, behaviour and careers.
This year ACE is launching a character education training programme, with reduced rates for members. Following requests from members for support and training in how to manage behaviour and attitudes through character education, a bespoke training session on this topic will be held in the Spring.
ACE previously awarded Northampton Academy with the School of Character Kitemark due to its impressive approach to character education. More recently Ofsted inspected the school and praised...
Former Education Minister Damian Hinds, who previously stated that character is just as crucial to young people’s future success as academic qualifications, will be speaking at this year’s ACE annual conference along with other key speakers within the field of Character Education.
“… 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.”
Secretary of State
ACE membership runs annually from the date of joining
Organisation (other than a school or college) £75
Small School (fewer than 150 students) £50
Medium School (151 – 500 students) £100
Large School / College (over 500 students) £150
The Kitemark or Kitemark Plus is awarded to schools and colleges that can demonstrate that they take an explicit, planned and reflective approach to the cultivation of positive character qualities in their pupils in the interests of human flourishing.
There are two levels of award:
School of Character Kitemark.
School of Character Kitemark Plus.
The process of being awarded one of the Kitemarks is formative; it is designed to help schools or colleges develop and enhance their character education provision. As such, the aim of the award is not just the recognition of good practice, but also to support schools to develop desirable character qualities that contribute to individual as well as broader societal flourishing. Schools or colleges applying for one of the Kitemarks initially undertake a self-evaluation against four criteria.
Please note you must be a current ACE Member to apply.
For more information on ACE, the Annual Conference or Membership, please contact us using our form. Alternatively email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us: 0800 009 6627.
Please direct all School of Character Kitemark inquiries to Tom Haigh: email@example.com or phone: 0777 197 1703.