The Narnian Virtues pilot project was generously supported by the John Templeton Foundation. We have subsequently received additional funding from the John Templeton Foundation to scale up the Narnian Virtues Character Education project and invite schools in the UK, North America and beyond. For those schools interested in participating, we can provide the electronic curriculum materials for classes to work on one of the Narnia novels in the project (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ or The Magician’s Nephew) over 12 weeks, or to complete three of the novels and corresponding curricula over three years.
Cost and Commitments
The Narnian Virtues project is free to participating schools. We provide electronic copies of the Teacher Handbook with selected extracts and activities for the novel. Electronic copies of the Student Workbook (for use in the classroom) and Character Passport (which contains home activities) are also provided. In return for providing the curriculum, we ask that participating schools administer pre- and post-curriculum online surveys to all participating students, that teachers complete an end of curriculum questionnaire, and that the project curriculum is followed faithfully. In this way, we will be able to evaluate the success of the project in meeting its aims for student character development, and assess the validity of using the Narnia novels of C. S. Lewis. The curriculum is designed to be delivered over a 12 week period, using two hours per week of class time. It is intended to be delivered through English classes, however this is not essential. The cost to the school will be printing the workbooks as required, and obtaining copies of the novel.
Participating in Languages other than English
The project material is provided in English but we welcome schools whose first language is not English. A significant benefit of using the Narnia novels of C. S. Lewis is their international success, with the Chronicles of Narnia published in 47 languages. Additional media such as the recent movies made from three of the novels may also help support participating classes whose first language is not English. If you would like further information regarding using our curriculum material, please do contact us.
A major component of the Narnian Virtues Character Education English Curriculum Project is the distance trial which enables students from all over the world to receive the Narnian Virtues curriculum. The purpose is to assess the impact of the curriculum when it is delivered in the ‘real-world’ with little researcher input. If you would like your school to take part in this part of the project then please contact us in the first instance at email@example.com. We will then give you electronic access to the curriculum materials. The trial starts from September 2017 and schools can deliver the 12-week curriculum at any time in the 2017-18 academic year.
We ask that your students complete an on-line survey before and after receiving the curriculum in order that we can assess the impact of the curriculum. We also ask that you fill in a ‘teacher log’ throughout the duration of the curriculum. This will enable us to understand the ways in which the curriculum is delivered within and across schools.
Further information regarding the Narnian Virtues Character Education English Curriculum Project, as well as information regarding the research process for the distance trial, can be found in the following videos:
If you are interested in participating in the Narnian Virtues Character Education project, would like further information about it, or would like to arrange an informal chat with Professor Mark Pike, lead investigator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org