Character Scotland is an educational charity formed in 2009 by a group of academics, educationalists, entrepreneurs and parents for the purpose of promoting the development of character in young people and intentional character education in schools. Our definition of character education and our rationale for the centrality of character education in Scotland is set out in…

In 2016 and following several years of exploratory projects and a major conference in 2015, the board of trustees developed a strategy and framework model for Character Scotland to address three specific ambitions and work towards four clear aims.


Inspiring the discovery and development of character

Character Scotland’s core education programme is ‘Inspiring Purpose’ now in its 10th year and third major revised formulation. Over 300,000 young people have taken part in the programme with many thousands of young people receiving an award for their work on character discovery and many more being published in Character Scotland books and magazines.

Inspiring Purpose Programme

See the Inspiring Purpose Project website with the Global Citizens in the Making campaign.

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All young people have access to and can benefit from character education

“The sensible question that can be asked about a school’s character education strategy is not whether such education does occur, but whether it is intentional, planned, organised and reflective.”

Character Education is an increasingly understood fundamental of successful schools and high performing education systems. We have been working with many schools and stakeholders in Scotland and for several years. Character Scotland has been championing ‘intentional’ Character Education through programmes, partnerships and research. The board of trustees have convened a ‘schools mark working group’ comprised of senior educationalists to take forward the formulation and development.

During 2013-15 we developed and led the Character Development Network Project which provided for a full time development officer, website and communications capability. The project engaged many stakeholders in Scotland and in 2015, we held Scotland’s first conference on character at which the Cabinet Secretary for Education and international experts, including Dr Avis Glaze from Canada, made important keynote addresses on the importance of character education. Workshops and presentations were made by SQA, the Army, Outward Bound Trust, Improvement Service and others on the importance of character education as a key contribution to improving children and young people’s learning outcomes. Building from this work we have developed a draft ‘Framework for Character Education in Scotland’ which will be further developed, debated and disseminated in the years ahead.


Building sustainability to realise our vision and achieve our goals

Since 2009, we have been successful in securing funding for specific projects from a range of grant giving organisations including The John Templeton Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Northwood Charitable Trust, The MacRobert Trust, New Park Trust and The Gordon Cook Foundation. In addition, a number of commercial organisations have provided donations for specific project elements. The trustees of Character Scotland are determined to build a sustainable funding model which will enable our aims to take root and provide a measurable return on investment from a Character Development Fund.

To view the full archive of publications published by Character Scotland and its projects please visit Issue: issuu.com/character-scotland

See a list of websites dealing with the topics of character, values and related areas across the globe:

Barret Values Centre
Common Cause
Inspiring Purpose
Character Education Advisor
Jubilee Centre
Lifeworlds Learning
Living Values
Values Based Education

To view the full archive of videos published by Character Scotland and its projects please visit YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UC2KatfFYwhv3Q4XTL4wNiBA

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Character Scotland
Granary Business Centre
Coal Rd, Cupar
KY15 5YQ

Phone: 0800 009 6627
Email: communications@character-scotland.org.uk
Web: character.scot

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