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Value Based Education

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Below are some examples showing the impact of VbE, which have been related to us by schools that have successfully embedded VbE in their whole school approach:

• Improved staff and pupil relationships20160909 191908
• Improved student self-discipline and altruistic behaviour
• Improved quality of education
• Improved climate for education: fearless teaching
• Improved parent/community relationships
• Improved individual empowerment: allowing space for pupils to take responsibility
• Improved emotional climate for learning – less stress!
• Improved child-centred pedagogy
• Improved educational standards


VbE in Primary Schools

The school is a microcosm of the world. VbE is an approach that nourishes, and enables learners to flourish, making a difference to the world through who and how they are.

When we actively engage with values we start to understand their implications for making choices about our attitudes and responses. A Values-based approach encourages reflective and aspirational attributes and attitudes. These can be nurtured to help people discover the very best of themselves, which enables them to be good citizens and prepare them for the life of work.

VbE creates a better learning environment, in which students are able to attain better academic results. It creates a better teaching environment, in which staff are more fulfilled and significantly less stressed. It equips students with social capacities that help them work with, and relate to others effectively. It provides them with the self-esteem and confidence to explore and develop their full potential. It leaves no student behind, irrespective of their background.



An interview with Washingborough Academy, a values-based school,
about what makes VbE such a powerful tool to improve their pupils' chances in life


 VbE in Secondary Schools
Schools become a place where students experience positive values in context. They learn how to apply and talk about values appropriately. They become self-motivated, and their behaviour becomes calm and purposeful. Division in schools reduces, collaboration between students increases and values underpin a sense of unity and positive direction. Values work in a dynamic way through developing aspects such as leadership focus, positive role modelling and community values.

Values-based Education offers:

  • A fundamental approach to high quality schooling, influencing and enabling students to develop fully as individuals and creating connectedness to parents and the wider community.
  • A philosophy of being and living that permeates organizational policy and day-to-day practice and supports students to develop reflective practices and self-responsibility for behaviour and actions.
  • A practical and transformative tool which enables students to shape their future and gives meaning and purpose to their lives.
  • The development of an integrated and aspirational community ethos that can help to redress the effects of disadvantage through securing and enabling the agreed values to remain powerful, effective and salient across the organisation.


Mark Warren, Vice Principle of Key Stage 3 at St Marks Academy in Mitcham, talks about why
his school chose to work with values, and the impact it has had on the pupils. 





Values-based Education (VbE) is a successful worldwide transformational movement for positive change.

VbE empowers educational settings to underpin their life and curriculum with universal positive human values such as respect, integrity, honesty and compassion.

The outcome of developing such an ethical vocabulary is ethical intelligence, which Dr. Neil Hawkes argues is the most important intelligence for the sustainability of our world.

The ethical vocabulary is the foundation of a new universal narrative through which all human beings, irrespective of culture; religion or ethnicity can communicate, thereby establishing trust and well being.

The outcome of Values-based Education is self-leadership, which enables each individual to take the lid off their potential..

Neil Hawkes explaining aspects of VbE

The Seven Core Components of VbE:

Authentic modelling by adults of positive values

The Inner Curriculum of thoughts, feelings and emotions

Reflective practices links to interpersonal neurobiology

The creation of a VbE atmosphere, both physical and emotional

The development of a VbE curriculum and its links to the wider curriculum

The development of quality leadership

The comprehensive development of an ethical vocabulary


Download 'An Introduction to Values-based Education' by CEO, Bridget Knight.

The original research of Dr. Neil Hawkes at Oxford University, UK (2005) and subsequently Professor Terrence Lovat et al (2010), Newcastle University, Australia describes the positive outcomes of implementing values programs in schools.

Below are links to articles written by Dr Neil Hawkes and his colleagues working within the field of VbE.

Can There Be Hope Where There Is Fear? Dr Neil Hawkes 2017

The Resilient Mindset John Hendry and Andrew Fuller 2017

The Value of Values Dr Neil Hawkes Sept 2016Neil cropped 2016

Do Our School Practices Abuse Children? Dr Neil Hawkes 2016

The Relationship Quotient; Creating Successful Relationships and Wellbeing John Hendry, Andrew Fuller and Dr Neil Hawkes 2016


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