ACE was established in 2015 to respond to the growing interest in character education in Britain. It was established by a group of well-known head-teachers, academics and other educationalists who recognised the desire of many schools to enhance their character education provision. ACE was founded on 18th May 2015 at a meeting in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham.
In the inaugural year ACE is being supported by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues to become an established organisation. In 2016/17 the organisation will be financed by membership subscriptions and grants from trusts and other organisations. The Association is run by teachers for teachers and the activities are both initiated and driven by its members. The organisation is overseen by an Executive
Schools and teachers play a fundamental role in developing the character of young people
Character is a set of personal traits that produce specific emotions, inform motivation and guide conduct. Character education is an umbrella term for all explicit and implicit educational activities that help young people develop positive personal strengths called virtues.
Character education is more than just a subject. It has a place in the culture and functions of families, classrooms, schools and other institutions. Character education is about helping students grasp what is ethically important in situations and how to act for the right reasons, so that they become more autonomous and reflective. Students need to decide the kind of person they wish to become and to learn to choose between alternatives. In this process, the ultimate aim of character education is the development of good sense or practical wisdom: the capacity to choose intelligently between alternatives.