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Teaching Character Through Subjects

Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), the Teaching Character Through Subjects project worked across England with 29 teachers from 28 state funded schools to create an innovative resource for building character within 14 subjects across the school curriculum.   

The Teaching Character Through Subjects report is available to download below:

The materials were developed by teachers, for teachers, and trialled in schools, and are presented below as suites of resources for each subject. Each suite provides editable examples of ways character can be taught through secondary curriculum subjects. Each suite can be adapted to fit different contexts and serve as inspiration for the development of additional materials that further explore teaching character through subjects and the secondary school curriculum.

The key aims of the project are: 

  • to contribute to the development and expansion of effective approaches for building character, which have a positive impact on educational attainment, engagement, employability and well-being; 
  • to increase understanding of effective approaches that support other schools and colleges to develop and build character;
  • to encourage colleges and organisations to prioritise and implement their own initiatives.

The suites of resources produced for each of the 14 curriculum subjects are available below. Each suite is presented as two downloadable files; a Key Information file and the Resources themselves. The Key Information document provides an overview of the resources, ideas for differentiation and adaptability, and the character focus of each lesson. The Resources provide lesson plans and Power Points for each of the 5 lessons per suite.

The Resources have been produced by teachers, for teachers, and the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues takes no responsibility for the copyright of content.

The content is free to access, and we encourage you to provide us with feedback and comments on how and where the materials are being used. Please contact us at