Character Education


Framework In Action

Framework in Action

The Framework in Action project was led by The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues in partnership with five schools located across England, each with an exemplary character education provision.

The purpose of the project was to demonstrate how the Jubilee Centre’s Framework for Character Education in Schools has been used as a source of inspiration by schools across the UK.

The Centre sets out its position on character education in The Framework for Character Education in Schools which calls for all schools to make explicit how they go about developing pupils’ character. The two primary schools and three secondary schools who participated in the Framework in Action project were asked to select a theme or area from the Centre’s Framework and to demonstrate how it works within their school setting, providing innovative and practical examples of how the Framework can effectively be put into action in schools. Each school received funding and support from The Jubilee Centre to design and produce resources to be shared with other schools.

Framework in Action Schools

The Jubilee Centre has worked with each of the five schools involved in this project in recent years, in supporting and profiling character education. All five schools have been recognised by the Association for Character Education (ACE) and have been awarded the School of Character Kitemark Plus. Links to each school’s website can be found below:

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    Secondary Schools:

      Summary of Projects

      The Framework in Action projects are varied and include: the implementation of the building blocks of character, social action, developing character through enrichment, practical wisdom through the virtue of temperance and student self-reflection to encourage character sought. As an outcome of the projects, each participating school has produced a set of materials to showcase how The Jubilee Centre’s Framework can be put into action. The materials produced are wide-ranging, reflecting that there is no blueprint for teaching character, and include: lesson plans, curriculum resources, digital booklets, a character passport app and a character-focussed initial teacher training programme.

      The resources produced by each school can be accessed by clicking on the school crests below: 

      The content is free to access; we welcome feedback and comments on how and where the materials are being used by emailing

      About Colmore Junior School

      Colmore Junior School opened in 1909 and is based in Birmingham. Colmore provides a rich curriculum to pupils and has an excellent reputation for its supportive community and academic success. Colmore is a nationally recognised school for character education and provides training to other schools through the South Birmingham SCITT.

      ‘Character education has been an important part of our curriculum for a long time, and we see tremendous value in equipping other schools to prioritise it too. Our partnership with the Jubilee Centre has been really positive and we really hope this training tool is a useful resource for others in the teaching profession.’

      Tony Bradshaw, Head of School at Colmore Junior School

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      Colmore’s ‘Framework in Action’ project

      To demonstrate how the building blocks of character can be implemented, Colmore Junior School have designed a character-focussed CPD programme. The Character Education Portal has been developed to support Initial Teacher Trainees and Early Career Teachers to understand the language of character and deliver explicit character education lessons.

      Character Education Lead at Colmore Junior School, Robin Venn said, ‘I think what [the portal] provides is to go back to the very roots of why you wanted to become a teacher’.

      The portal has been designed to support trainee teachers and those in the early stages of their career to better understand the benefits of character education for their pupils and how they can develop their own teaching practice.  

      The portal can be accessed here:



      About Yeading Junior School

      Yeading Junior School is a community school based in Hayes. Yeading has been awarded a Kitemark Plus as a School of Character in recognition of their character education provision. Through character education, the school engages in tailored social action projects which provide an important vehicle for children to develop. Character education at Yeading Junior School incorporates a range of activities and projects – embracing volunteering for a charity, caring for someone in the community, campaigning or fundraising for a specific cause.

      ‘[Social action] has been an enabler for us to demonstrate the children’s real understanding of character education and what the virtues mean to them and therefore we’ve been able to demonstrate that within school and beyond.’

      Carole Jones, Headteacher

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      Yeading’s ‘Framework in Action’ project

      To demonstrate how civic virtues can be developed through the lens of social action, Yeading Junior School have produced a set of resources including lesson plans, dilemma cards and guides for teachers and pupils as well as a short film clip which can be viewed below. The resources have been developed to support and inspire other schools interested in embedding social action into their provision.

      Headteacher at Yeading Junior School, Carole Jones said, ‘It’s something that schools could look at as an example and try and do something with their own context.’

      The resources aim to demonstrate how social action can support the development of civic virtues, enabling children to flourish as members of a society.

      The resources and film, produced by Yeading Junior School, can be accessed below. Click on the buttons to download each of the resources. 

      About The London Oratory School

      The London Oratory School is a Catholic secondary school for boys aged 7–18 and girls aged 16–18 in West Brompton. The school endeavours to provide an excellent education of the intellect alongside an education in the spiritual and moral virtues. The London Oratory School sees the identification, pursuit and celebration of the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude as a central part of their provision. Pupils are encouraged to grow in the practice of the virtues, to recognise the importance of them in their lives, and to celebrate those who demonstrate particular virtues in the course of time spent at school.

      ‘As a Catholic school, we draw upon the theological and cardinal virtues as established by the Church and Aristotle. This definitely works as a way of describing how people function; it’s been really useful to have that literacy, that common language right across the school.’

      David Moyes, Assistant Headteacher

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      The London Oratory School’s ‘Framework in Action’ project

      To demonstrate how the virtue of temperance can be taught in schools, The London Oratory School have partnered with Ten:Ten to produce a set of resources including a lesson plan and a short film to inspire other schools interested in explicitly teaching specific virtues as part of their character education provision. The lesson begins with a story told through animation which illustrates different aspects of the virtue of temperance. This is then followed by reflection activities and discussion.

      Assistant Headteacher at The London Oratory School, David Moyes said, ‘With the virtue of temperance, there’s a real need for that idea of balance in our lives and our emotions which address a lot of the challenges that people face at the moment.’

      The lesson resources have been designed to support teachers interested in how to explicitly teach character and how they can develop their own teaching practice with regards to character taught.

      About University of Birmingham School

      University of Birmingham School opened in September 2015 and is based on the University of Birmingham’s Selly Oak campus. The school has a close partnership with the University of Birmingham, making it the UK’s first secondary University Training School. The school aims to create better citizens by providing students with the space, opportunity and understanding to practise good character, balancing character education with academic education. An extended school day is used to deliver a school-wide enrichment programme to provide all students the chance to experience something meaningful.

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      University of Birmingham School’s ‘Framework in Action’ project

      To demonstrate how character sought can be developed through enrichment, University of Birmingham School have produced a set of resources including a Character by Design overview, a Character Sought booklet, as well as a short film clip which can be viewed below. The resources have been developed to support and inspire other schools interested in embedding enrichment into their provision.

      Director of Character at University of Birmingham School, Bec Tigue said, ‘For schools who are at the beginning of their Character Education journey, there is guidance on using opportunities that likely already exist in schools in a more intentional way; for those who are contemplating dedicating more time for enrichment, we share our whole school enrichment plans and some individual projects’.

      The resources aim to demonstrate how enrichment opportunities can support the development of character sought, enabling children to flourish as members of a society.

      The resources and film, produced by University of Birmingham School, can be accessed below. Click on the buttons to download each of the resources.



      About Northampton Academy

      Northampton Academy is part of a group of academies, primaries and independent schools called United Learning whose motto is ‘The Best in Everyone’. The vision and mission of Northampton Academy is to be an Academy of character and excellence and they are nationally recognised for their Character Development Programme, delivered through assemblies, tutor time, reading, and PSHE. A well-sequenced, aspirational curriculum for all ensures that students are developing phronesis so they can make the right decisions, at the right time, for the right reason.

      ‘Character development is at the heart of the school’s work’ (Ofsted, Nov 2019).

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      Northampton Academy’s ‘Framework in Action’ project

      To demonstrate how character sought can be supported, Northampton Academy have designed a Student Character Digital Passport, also available as an online app. The Student Character Digital Passport has been developed to support students to engage in self-evaluation and reflection of their own character and to track their character development through leadership and enrichment opportunities.

      Director of Character at Northampton Academy, Carlington Anderson, said, ‘The character programme at Northampton deliberately exposes students to the ‘taught and caught’ aspect of character education. We wanted our students to have more autonomy in their character development so we introduced them; with the guidance of their teachers to the sought aspect of character so that over time as they mature, sought will become more operational. By doing so, we hope it will spark and fuel their desire to continue to discern and freely pursue how their own character is to be formed.’

      The app, built in consultation with Kloodle, has been designed to demonstrate how teachers and character leaders can support students’ development of phronesis and their character during their time at school. Through the app, learners build a profile which demonstrates how they have developed their character over time. This allows teachers to observe learners progress, offer feedback or quality assess the level of evidence uploaded, managing and reviewing the impact the school’s character eductaion programme is having. Learners keep these profiles for free, forever beyond education, offering a lasting positive legacy of this character programme delivered by Northampton Academy.

      The app can be accessed here:



      Teaching Character: A Practical Guide draws together the insights and practices of some of the MA Character Education students and graduates. Each short paper focuses on practical character education strategies that the authors have devised and implemented in their personal or professional contexts. Each links to areas contained in the Jubilee Centre’s Teaching Inventory.