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The VbE Vision was updated in August 2017 in line with national and worldwide developments. 

You can download the document here


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Schools and educational organisations all over the world are becoming Values-based organisations. 


Neil Hawkes and VbE Consultants train schools and speak in many countries, including: 

Australia, Brunei, Dubai, Iceland, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden


There are VbE Quality Mark Schools all over the world - and the number is growing fast.


Highlights from VbE Overseas



Sri Lanka


In December 2017, VbE were given the opportunity to join Think Equal as they trained 300 Master Trainers in a values-based curriculum for 3-4 year olds. 


These Master Trainers are now training teachers in every one of the 19,000 pre schools on an island where peace is relatively new (after a horrific war) and still quite fragile. 


The Government in Sri Lanka have made the Think Equal curriculum mandatory, and VbE were privileged to be a part of the introduction of this formal values education initiative. 


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Read Sue Webb's report about this visit.


See a Gallery of the visit.











Alfaheidi School, a VbE Quality Mark (Nursery) school in Iceland, have produced this beautiful short film about their work. 






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In August 2017, VbE was approached with a request to provide a consultant to support the Foundation for Values Transformation (FVT) - in introducing and establishing Values based Education into the state education system in Lagos, Nigeria.


48 leaders of Nigerian state schools were trained. 


They will now be able to introduce VbE to their own schools and, in time, to other state schools in Nigeria.



Read Pat Beechey's report about this visit.


See a Gallery of this visit. 





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Senior leaders from Divine International School in India spent a week visiting VbE schools in the UK in November 2016. 


They visited 5 excellent VbE Quality Mark schools in London (Merryhills, Eversley, Coldfall, Fielding and St Mark's)

and received training over the 5 days from VbE Consultant Sue Webb.


Just a few months later, they received national recognition when they won the presigious

Times Education ICON 2017 Award for Innovation In Teaching


See the Gallery of their visit in November


Visit their website and read their VbE Newsletters 


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Why Resilience Support?

impact.resilienceResearch shows children's resilience appears to be at an all-time high as they leave primary school. Secondary-aged students show a steady and significant decrease in aspects of resilience (see graph); this has profound implications on their mental wellbeing and on their capacity to learn.


Without high levels of resilience, students are are unable to function well, build strong, positive relationships or reach their potential. VbE has recognised this for many years; our work has been to support schools in creating authentic values-based cultures which, in turn, promote wellbeing and resilience for all.


Primary schools are often well-placed to provide support to students and develop skills needed to manage and embrace challenges. Secondary schools also do this; furtheremore, they can provide support to mitigate and reverse the negative changes in aspects of resilience which research shows occur as they progress through secondary school. 



The Resilience Survey and the Impact of Support

Resilient Youth (see below) have surveyed 180,000 students as of Summer 2017. Their findings show a sharp decline in overall resilience, a decline that continues throughout secondary school. The decline is appreciably lower in pupils whose primary schools engaged in helping them to build resilience. The decline is different between boys and girls; for example, boys in Year 6 experience particular difficulties with social skills, and girls in Year 8 suffer feelings of isolation.


On the right is a graph that compares schools who have taken the Resilience Survey and enaged with the Resilience Programme, with schools who have taken the Resilience Survey but not necessarily engaged with the Resilience Programme as yet.


It compares the changes in aspects of resilience experienced by students in Years 5 and 7 with the same aspects one year later when they are in Years 6 and 8.




'Resilient Schools' refers to the three schools identified for this comparison who have engaged effectively with the Resilience Programme. 

'All Schools' includes both Resilient Schools and those schools who are only at the beginning of the process to support resilience in their students and have done the baseline Resilience Survey


The Resilience Survey and Resilience Programme at Your School

Resilient Youth has developed and validated a 99 question, online Resilience Survey incorporating a series of reliable gold standard measures including: The Developmental Assets Profile, The General Health Questionnaire and The Children’s Hope Scale.


This survey and consulting support can now be purchased by schools in the UK through VbE.


A highly detailed report is produced for the school, breaking Resilience down into 10 aspects and measuring pupils' scores in each of the aspects. 

Evaluation of the report will enable the school to decide on areas of priority, take action, measure the impact and evaluate the change in aspects of pupils' resilience and performance. 


The cost of the Resilience Survey and Report  is per pupil (discounted for VbE Member Schools) which allows schools the flexibility to choose specific cohorts to work with as appropriate. Click here for prices and discounts. 



A 'Resilience' trained VbE Consultant is part of the package and will guide the school through setting the survey up. Upon completion, they will evaluate the results and work with the school to identify priorities for development. They will then be available to provide any further support the school feels it needs.


For more information or to purchase the Resilience Survey, contact us


Further Information

Dr Andrew Fuller is the driving force behind this work. He has worked for many years with our own Dr Neil Hawkes. His work with Resilient Youth and identification of The Resilient Mindset is making a significant difference to  the work of teachers and the lives of students.


 Resilient Youth’s research shows that there are 40 key predictors of wellbeing and resilience in young people.


 The more of these 40 resilience assets a young person has, the more likely they are to:

  • Achieve academic success
  • Be motivated to learn
  • Experience positive relationships
  • Complete schooling
  • Be persistent problem solvers
  • Show constructive leadership

and the less likely they are to:

  • Experience alcohol and drug problems,
  • Be violent
  • Leave school early
  • Have behavioural problems
  • Experience depression and anxiety.


Click here to read the research behind the graph above which shows how features of resilience are at their highest as students leave primary schools and what happens on their journey through secondary education (survey shows results of working with 160,000 children in Australian schools).


Assessing the levels of resilience assets in schools and communities provides a powerful way to plan how to increase the wellbeing and resilience of young people while also building on their strengths.






The inaugural VbE Member Schools' Conference at Friends House in London was a huge success. 

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School leaders, teachers, governors and people working in fields aligned with VbE came together for a day of inspiration! 


The 'ValuesMeet' session gave several schools the opportunity to share their brilliant values practice with everyone else: 

 Jane Tailby - Middle Barton School, Hannah Wilson - Aureus School, Richard Jenkins - The Meads School, Hannah Holgate - Coltishall School, Dan Hiblin & Dom Brister - Stamford Welland Academy and Cori Bateman - Chantry Primary Academy.


See a Gallery of our Member Schools' Sharing Great Practice slides 




There were longer presentations from Lizzy Lewis from Sapere on 'Philiosophy For Children (P4C), Licette Gus from Emotion Coaching UK, Julie Rees from Ledbury Primary School on 'Values in the Community' and Ellis Brooks from Quaker Peace Education.  

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Finally the launch of 'The Inner Curriculum' (TIC) by Dr Neil Hawkes and Jane Hawkes. IMG 7532

Based on neuroscience, TIC provides schools with specific methodologies to support staff and pupils' emotional health, resilience and wellbeing.

VbE Professional Development Training will now include 'The Inner Curriculum' as a feature.


The day was topped and tailed by CEO Bridget Knight, with Sue Webb as the MC and the other VbE consultants helping to make everything run smoothly. 

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VbE Supporters included Matt from Votes For Schools, Nick from Steam Co, Martin from At My Best and Alex from Judicium Education.  The wonderful Kate and her team from Fresh Start Catering provided a magnificent lunch! 


A fantastic day was had by all! The VbE Member Schools community is about schools supporting and inspiring each other and VbE providing the means for the means for this crucial work to be shared - with the world! 


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Click to read a brilliant blog written by Kate Smith of Queen Emma School. 


Click here to see a Photo Gallery of the day. 


Click here for presentations from the conference.


If you would like to become a Member School, click here to find out the details. 





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