annual conference

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Association for Character Education (ACE) Conference which will take place on Friday 6th July 2018 at the Oratory School in London. Further details and speakers will be announced in the new year. Places will be limited so make sure to join the association or renew your membership as soon as possible to be assured of a place. Join or Renew Now.

Previous Conferences

The ACE annual conference 2017 will be held at Kings Langley school on 14th July.

Speakers this year will be Nicky Morgan MP, Sir Anthony Seldon and Sophie Brooks (Marks and Spencer).

Workshops this year:

  • Dave Allen | Links Academy | Introducing Character into an alternative provision school
  • Emma Ferris| Outward Bound Trust | Building Character in the Outdoors
  • Peter Hart | Leeds University | Narnian Virtues
  • Ruth Jennings | Kings Langley | Evaluation of Character Provision - secondary
  • Mike Fullard | JCCV | Evaluation of Character Provision - primary
  • Matt Bawden [AHT], Kate Edwards [Head of Wellbeing], and Paul Oakes [Governor] at QEGS Ashbourne | Using a Character-driven Skills Framework to Empower Everyone
  • Rosie Washford Mower | Nash Mills | A Chance to Shine: The importance of leadership opportunities in Primary Children
  • Ian Birbeck | Projects Abroad
  • Dean Bellman | Orange Frog
  • Frances Corcoran and Selena Whitehead | Amazing People Schools 
  • Andrew Wolfe | Church of England | Ethos Enhancing Outcomes
  • Ben Slade (CEO) I SkillForce I The New Prince William Award 
  • Jan Simister | Character and the Curriculum: how to improve performance through a focus on intellectual character 
  • Hannah Turner | Step Up to Serve
  • Catherine Corner and Melissa Milner | Thoresby Primary School (2016 DfE Character Award national winners)  | Building an Adult
  • Ruth Jennings | Kings Langley | Character Training with Parents
  • Mike Roden and Rebecca Tigue | University of Birmingham School | Planning the development of character
  • Paul Smith | National Campaign for Courtesy | The Great Sportsmanship Programme


Programme for the day


9.00      Coffee and Registration                                                              Dining room

9.45      Welcome by Gary Lewis                                                             Hall

10.00    Presentation by Sir Anthony Sheldon                                         Hall

            Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham

10.30    Presentation by Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP                                  Hall

11.10    Coffee                                                                                          Dining room

11.30    Workshop 1                                                                                 Classrooms

12.15    Workshop 2                                                                                 Classrooms

1.00      Lunch (buffet style)                                                                      Dining room

1.45      Workshop 3                                                                                 Classrooms

2.30      Presentation by Sophie Brooks,                                                  Hall

Senior Employee Engagement Manager, Marks and Spencers

3.00      Presentation by Tom Harrison,                                                    Hall

Director of Education, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues

3.30      Thank you by Gary Lewis                                                            Hall

3.40      Farewell and safe journey


 Click here to download the July 14th 2017 Conference flyer: Conference Flyer



Directions to Kings Langley School


Kings Langle School

Love Lane, Kings Langley,

Herts WD4 9HN

Telephone: 01923 264504                          Contact: Ruth Jennings



From M25

  •      Leave the M25 at junction 20 (signposted Hemel Hempstead, Aylesbury) then at the roundabout take the 4th exit onto the A4251 (signposted Kings Langley).
  •      At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Watford Road – A4251 (signposted Hemel Hempstead), you are now entering Kings Langley.
  •      At the crossroad turn left onto Vicarage Lane (signposted Chipperfield)
  •      Turn next right onto Love Lane and Kings Langley School can be found on the left handside.

From M1

  •      Leave the M1 at junction 8 then merge onto the A414 (signposted A414 Hemel Hempstead)
  •      At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A414
  •      At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A414 (signposted Hemel Hempstead) Entering Hemel Hempstead
  •      At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Bennetts End Road (signposted Bennetts End)
  •      Turn 1st right onto St Albans Hill Road
  •      Go straight over two mini roundabouts
  •      At mini-roundabout turn left onto Belswains Lane
  •      Continue forward onto Belswains Lane and straight over a number of mini roundabouts, which then merges into Lower Road entering Nash Mills.
  •      Turn right onto Red Lion Lane (Opposite Abbots Hill School)
  •      At traffic signals turn left onto Hempstead Road - A4251
  •      Continue forward onto Hempstead Road - A4251. Entering Kings Langley
  •      Turn 1st right onto Coniston Road
  •      Turn left onto Barnes Lane
  •      Turn right onto Love Lane and Kings Langley School can be found on the right handside.

By Train

The closest station is Aspley, but we are also close to Kings Langley which has a taxi rank at it (Kings Langley Cars ).

The train line runs from London Euston to Northhampton or London Euston to Tring.



Local Hotel Information


The two closest hotels below are both 5 minutes drive away by car:

Shendish Manor  - Prices range from £81 upwards (currently)

London Road
HP3 0AA.

Reservations Tel: 0844 879 7417

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Holiday Express Inn:  Prices £79.95

Stationers Place


Hemel Hempstead,


SATNAV Post Code: HP3 9RS

0871 902 1614 Note: 13p per min +network charges