The Character Scotland website is a central resource of news and information from the charity and the wider network on the subject of character and values.


Our vision is that Scotland will be a place where everybody feels empowered to get involved, give to others, do the right thing and do their best in an inclusive, just, compassionate, flourishing and sustainable society.


Find out more about Character Scotland here.

“The Science of Character” is a cloud film which was premiered globally in over 1,500 schools and organisations on #CharacterDay - 20th March 2014. It explores fascinating new research on character development and our ability to shape who we are. For more information see


Featured Articles

Lift off to Success!

Written by Alex Gregg - avatar Alex Gregg | Friday 18th July 2014

On Friday 18th July, Character Scotland had the pleasure of attending the Lift off to Success Graduation event in the School of Medicine building at The University of St. Andrews.

Read more

Food In My Mouth: How a Third-World Perspective is Helping Me Deal with the Struggles of Unemployment

Written by Stephen Newton - avatar Stephen Newton | Tuesday 15th July 2014

Stephen Newton writes about the different perspective of unemployment he maintains thanks to several years spent doing missionary work in the Philippines.

Read more

Developing Attributes: What’s the Big Idea?

Written by Gary Walsh - avatar Gary Walsh | Wednesday 25th June 2014

Executive Officer Gary Walsh recently attended a Scotland Policy Conference and upon reflection penned this blog entry exploring skills, attributes and character.

Read more

Determined to Succeed – addressing the skills gap

Written by Neil McLennan - avatar Neil McLennan | Wednesday 25th June 2014

Neil McLennan is co author of Determined to Succeed:  Developing Skills for Success. In this blog post, Neil discusses skills and their relevance to education and the workforce.

Read more

Building a Values-Driven Society

Written by David Lorimer - avatar David Lorimer | Tuesday 24th June 2014

Character Scotland Chief Executive David Lorimer attended Barrett Values Cenre's 2014 CTT International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden on 11-13 June. Here are some of his blog posts from the conference...

Read more

Inspire>Aspire Awards 2014

Written by Character Scotland - avatar Character Scotland | Wednesday 4th June 2014

Details of the inspire>aspire National Awards Event on June 16th can be found here:    Feel free to join the Thunderclap campaign to help amplify and give recognition to the fantastic achievements...

Read more

More Articles

Character Education VIS-A-VIS Learning Through Values

Written by Character Scotland - avatar Character Scotland | Wednesday 2nd July 2014

This blog post originally featured here on 'Values Soup - stirring up a world of values and learning'. The author has kindly allowed us to republish the blog on our website. 

Read more

Scottish Peer Education Conference 2014

Written by Alex Gregg - avatar Alex Gregg | Thursday 26th June 2014

Character Scotland exhibited at the 'Taking the Lead: Peer led approaches for young people' conference which was hosted by Fast Forward, SPEN and charity partners Crew on Friday June 6th.

Read more

Character, water and Bruce Lee

Written by Gary Walsh - avatar Gary Walsh | Monday 12th May 2014

Gary Walsh explores the other side of Bruce Lee and an artistic interpretation of the “be like water” philosophy.  

Read more

Link between academic success and character strengths examined

Written by Character Scotland - avatar Character Scotland | Thursday 1st May 2014

Scientists at Aberdeen University are investigating if children with certain character strengths are more likely to academically succeed. 

Read more

#CharacterDay 2014

Written by Alex Gregg - avatar Alex Gregg | Friday 28th March 2014

Character Scotland celebrated the innaugral global #CharacterDay on the 20th March 2014 in conjunction with Gracemount High School in Edinburgh.  

Read more

Dangerous Ideas - Education: nothing matters without Values and Character!

Written by Alex Gregg - avatar Alex Gregg | Tuesday 18th March 2014

On Tuesday 17th June, Character Scotland and Learning for Sustainability Scotland joined forces to deliver an event for educators as part of the Emporium of Dangerous Ideas.

Read more

Character Practitioner Focus Group

Written by Character Scotland - avatar Character Scotland | Tuesday 11th March 2014

All the signs indicate that character and values are becoming increasingly important in education. There is a clear recognition that education is not just about preparing pupils for exams. The...

Read more


Written by David Lorimer - avatar David Lorimer | Thursday 30th January 2014

Mindset is based on a simple and powerful distinction between a fixed and a growth mindset, which has implications for business, parenting, schools and relationships. Dweck’s starting point is understanding...

Read more

How Children Succeed

Written by David Lorimer - avatar David Lorimer | Wednesday 8th January 2014

The subtitle of the appropriately named Paul Tough’s book is ‘grit, curiosity and the hidden power of character.’ It is a fast paced journalistic report that uses personal stories to...

Read more

Character and Insights

Written by Gary Walsh - avatar Gary Walsh | Friday 4th October 2013

Character Scotland is an educational charity aiming to support the cultivation of character and values, with a particular focus on children and young people. Last month, the Character Scotland team came...

Read more

Character is just as important as grades in school, says local Scottish charity

Written by Gary Walsh - avatar Gary Walsh | Friday 4th October 2013

Character Scotland is a small charity with big ambitions. Working from their office in Fife, their vision is for all children and young people in Scotland to develop as global...

Read more

Why Character?

Written by Liam Howard - avatar Liam Howard | Monday 23rd September 2013

Liam is Character Scotland’s Digital Apprentice. He was given the task of producing a film entitled ‘Why Character?’ and this is his first draft, with more to follow. Liam was...

Read more

Charter for Compassion

106,167 signed


The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences.


Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.



Sign up for updates

Register to receive our network updates, with latest news, editorial comment and event opportunities.

Your email address:

VIA Survey

The VIA institute on Character proudly offers the free VIA Survey, a scientifically-validated strength assessment for adults and youth.  The VIA Survey has been taken by over 2 million people worldwide.




Image of the day


Supported by