Character Education - lesson plan

This is a free school resource to introduce the teaching of character, primarily aimed at upper KS2 and KS3. All schools and teachers want to help students to be the best they can be and most outline which values they rate most highly. This may be perseverance, resilience, motivation, integrity, kindness or gratitude.

This lesson is designed to help you get started with what is most important to you, and your students.

Included is:

  • a detailed teacher’s guide - mapped to the UK curriculum
  • an easy to access plan-on-a-page
  • one hour ready-to-use lesson available through PPT.
  • There are also downloadable characteristics to print out.

In the lesson students are invited to consider who they think is amazing and then to explore why this is and what is it that makes that person amazing. From this students can discuss which characteristics are more important to them and why as well as which characteristics they feel they already have and which they need to work on and develop.

Teachers can use this as a stand-alone lesson, or as a prelude to using the Amazing People Schools website ( If teachers would like more information on the site then two videos are attached for an easy how-to-guide of the stories and resources on offer.

The Amazing People Schools website offers an extensive programme of delivering character education in a variety of ways. We retell the stories of amazing people from history to look at not only their achievements but the characteristics that helped them overcome adversity and challenge. So for example, we might look at Einstein and consider creativity or tolerance. Or we might look at Marie Curie and think about integrity and courage.

Our website features 50 amazing people and students can gain their unique access to read or listen to the stories, watch the videos and understand the timelines. On successful completion of the quiz, students gain an amazing person card and a wardrobe item to embellish their avatar. The site contains a library of lesson plans and assemblies, linking a characteristic with one of our amazing people. These lesson plans have clear differentiated objectives, many with supplementary resources. All lessons include smart learning objectives.

We have fully linked Amazing People Schools to the national curriculum and this document is shared here. We also have an extensive resource bank with additional resources including a detailed toolkit of activities and ideas to deliver character education.


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  • Amazing-People-Schools-Intro-to-Character_Handout.pdf
  • APS-and-curriculum-mapping-Scotland.pdf
  • APS-and-curriculum-mapping-England.pdf
  • Intro_to_Character_LessonPlan.pdf
  • Intro_to_Character_PlanOnAPage.pdf
  • Intro_to_Character_TeachersGuide.pdf

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Created: Apr 16, 2019

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

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