Michael Fullard

School of Education
Research Fellow

Contact details

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues
School of Education
12th Floor (West) Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Michael is a Research Fellow, who joined the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues full time in May 2017. He has over 9 years' teaching experience in the primary sector, where he held roles such as Head of Curriculum and Phase Leader.

Michael previously worked for the Jubilee Centre in 2016 as a Teaching Fellow. During this period Michael was lead author on the Teaching Character Through the Primary Curriculum project, which looked at developing character in Key Stage 2 pupils as they move to secondary school. He also contributed towards the development of the Character Education Evaluation Handbook for Schools. Michael worked on the Teacher Education project, looking at character perspectives of pre-service teachers and designing and producing the Centre’s award winning CPD programme, Leading Character Education in Schools.

Michael received an MA Character Education with distinction in 2019 and began a part-time PhD in Education in 2020, examining how character education can influence positive relationships within schools. Michael aims to contribute to the development of character education within UK schools, an area he believes is vital to the development of young people today.


  • Primary PGCE, University of Leicester
  • BA American Studies, University of Leicester
  • MA Character Education, University of Birmingham


Recent publications


Watts, P, Fullard, M & Peterson, A 2021, Understanding Character Education: Approaches, Applications and Issues. 1st edn, McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, London. <https://www.mheducation.co.uk/understanding-character-education-approaches-applications-and-issues-9780335250516-emea-group>


Gierczyk , M, Fullard, M & Dobosz , D 2017, 'Aggression from a gender perspective and the development of a moral compass', Journal of Power and Gender, vol. 8, no. 2. <http://gender-power.amu.edu.pl/vol_8/>

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Watts, P & Fullard, M 2019, Practical wisdom in teaching through the promotion of critical reflection during ITE. in MA Peters (ed.), Encyclopedia of Teacher Education. Springer Singapore, pp. 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_180-1


Watts, P, Fullard, M & Peterson, A 2022, 'Response to Berkowitz' extended book review: ‘Introducing the complexity of character education: A review of Understanding character education: Approaches, applications and issues’', Journal of Moral Education, vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 595-599. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057240.2022.2132724

Commissioned report

Watts, P & Fullard, M 2020, Leading Character Education in Schools: An Online CPD Programme. <https://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/userfiles/jubileecentre/pdf/Research%20Reports/CPD_Report.pdf>

Arthur, J, Watts, P, Fullard, M & Moller, F 2018, Character Perspectives of Student Teachers: Initial Insights. University of Birmingham.

Other contribution

Thompson, A, Fullard, M & Edwards, D 2020, Windows Into Schools: Celebrating Character. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

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