Of good character

It was a great pleasure to help launch an inspiring new book - 'Of Good Character' - at St Anne's College, Oxford last night. The book draws on over two years worth of research I've sponsored in Hodge Hill schools, led by a team headed by my friend Professor James Arthur of Birmingham University. In my view it re-affirms the case for community service for young people, which was one of my campaign pledges at the election.

I'll be drawing on some of the work in my Priestley Lecture, ‘Raising the Good City: Communitarian Politics and Education Reform' on Thursday 25 November 2010, 4.45pm at Birmingham University.