Character Education


Schools Gratitude Day

Get together and celebrate all the wonderful things in your life that you are grateful for!

The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues celebrated Schools Gratitude Day on 20th May 2016, with almost 80 schools across the UK and internationally taking part in a range of activities. The purpose of the Day was to further emphasise the concept of gratitude through activities run and inspired by the Teacher’s Pack produced by the Centre, containing activities and ideas for exploring gratitude in schools.

Gratitude stories were read in school assemblies, people watched Thank You Films created by young people and listened to the benefits of gratitude. ‘Gratitude Visits’ were arranged, giving pupils the chance to thank a special someone for contributing to their communities. One popular choice of activity was building a Gratitude Tree. Young people were asked to think about what they enjoy doing in their lives and to think about who they rely on to enjoy that activity. Below is a photo of pupils from St. Luke’s C of E Primary School and their gratitude tree – thank you for sharing!


More photos of activities run on Schools Gratitude Day can be found in our Media Centre here.


Schools Gratitude Day offers a chance to collaborate with those in your school and community by showing who you are grateful to and recognising why gratitude is such an important virtue.

All schools that take part receive a FREE teacher’s pack.

Gratitude Stories

To download the gratitude stories and workbook to use as an activity on Schools Gratitude Day; please click on the links below:



For additional resources to use on Schools Gratitude Day, you may find the below websites of use:

Please note that these are suggested sites only. The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues and the University of Birmingham do not endorse these sites, nor control the content on them.

Photos from the World Gratitude Day celebrations hosted by the Jubilee Centre in Birmingham City Centre in September 2014 can be found below.