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The teaching of good character in schools has been backed by the government.  Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wants schools to take the lead in developing the next generation of productive, civic-minded individuals by fostering "good character" among students.  She's allocated £5m to programmes that develop character attributes like "resilience, self-confidence and respect".

Study after study demonstrates the connection between character strengths and getting good grades. Nobel Prize-winning US economist James Heckman has shown that "performance virtues" like "conscientiousness" & "agreeableness" are more predictive of labour market success than IQ.

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