Parents want staff in teaching jobs to focus on improving children's values and character, according to a new survey.
The poll conducted on behalf of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values at the University of Birmingham found 87 per cent of parents asked want schools to concentrate on character development as well as academic study.
Furthermore, 87 per cent of respondents said teachers should encourage good morals and values, 95 per cent think it is possible to do so through lessons and dedicated projects and 81 per cent feel schools should have a core statement of the values they seek to instil in their pupils.
The centre's Professor James Arthur commented: "There is a strong belief among parents that schools should promote character alongside academic study. Parents want teachers to set a moral example and they want schools to teach character."
National Association of Head Teachers general secretary Russell Hobby told BBC News schools do believe in teaching values, adding that academic skills are essential but children need to possess the character to make the most of them.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels