https://schoolsweek.co.uk/dfe-plans-new-gatsby-style-benchmarks-for-character-education/ The government will develop new “benchmarks” for character education against which schools will be required to assess themselves, Damian Hinds has said. The education secretary announced today that he is assembling an “advisory group” to draw up recommendations for developing “character and resilience” in pupils and new character benchmarks to measure performance of schools. He wants the new benchmarks to be “similar” and to “do the same job” as the Gatsby benchmarks for careers guidance. The Gatsby benchmarks are statutory – meaning schools have to use them to rate their own work on careers – but the government doesn’t currently take action against those that don’t comply. Not only are students expected to learn the same things as dictated by the E-bac and league tables, now it seems that they've all got to have the same character and resilience. Exactly what character do we want young people to have? What expertise in character development will the "advisory group" have? Who selects the members of the group? Yet another straightjacket into which to squeeze our young people so they and their schools can be measured and judged.