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The Impact of the Cultural Transformational Tool of Values-based Education (VbE)


We estimate that over 3000 schools in England and Wales, and a rapidly increasing number worldwide, are embedding VbE in their schools. We know that over 150 schools have achieved the VbE Quallity Mark and are doing incredible work! This is having an impact on whole communities. Read about some of these schools in the Case Studies section and specific impact in the Research section.


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Where an ethos of respect and kindness pervade the school, pupils, staff and parents feel valued and an integral part of the school community. With community-chosen values that underpin all aspects of school life, relationships improve with people in the school valuing each other more universally, with pupils gaining a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. This impact is frequently documented by Ofsted:

“Bullying is very rare. This is because pupils put their school values into practice during the day. They show empathy by looking out for one another and making sure that their interactions with other pupils are friendly and supportive.” The Priory Primary School, Wednesbury, 2016.


Where Values-based Education has a high profile in school and is apparent in everything it does, schools nurture each and every child and understand that children and staff need relationships that provide them with recognition and support. As a direct consequence of this, schools celebrate individual and collective contributions and achievements.


Values-based schools display and define their values in classrooms and corridors so the school community have a clear understanding of their meaning. This helps staff and pupils model each value and in turn supports them in developing self-esteem and self-worth. Schools report that this improves behaviour across the school, encourages children to participate in decision-making and become more involved in school life.


Resilience is a virtue that children and adults need in an ever more challenging society. Pupils at effective VbE schools achieve higher levels of resilience as a result of their developed ethical vocabulary that enables them to discuss and share concerns with each other, plan next steps and solutions and evaluate theirs and others performance sensitively.

Pupils at a VbE Quality Mark school made the following comment at how values education has enhanced their learning: “You learn from mistakes and have the courage to do it again.” West Haddon Primary School, Northamptonshire, 2015.


We all want children’s memories of school to be happy ones where they have developed holistically into positive citizens, achieved their full potential academically and are prepared for the next stage of their life. VbE is the catalyst for this and the two quotes below support this:


“I had never thought about values before but since seeing how it works in school, it has had a deep effect on my life and on that of my family.”
School Administrator


“Values make me feel safe. It gives you something to lean back on and remember forever.”
Year 5 pupil

Values-based schools are excellent places to work. People are recruited based on their competencies and values.


Staff are proud to work in values-based schools and stay in working environments which focus on their wellbeing and development.


This space is for values-based schools to advertise vacancies and is FREE for this term. 


 To advertise a vacancy, email details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 You may also be interested to read this superb article about Values-led Recruitment by headteacher Hannah Wilson.


Aureus (Secondary) School, Didcot, Oxfordshire


Cranfield C of E Academy, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Vacancy for September 2018

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Deputy Headteacher

Following the promotion of our current postholder to Headteacher, the staff and children of our Academy are looking for an outstanding Deputy Headteacher.

Our school offers the new Deputy Headteacher opportunity to grow, lead and continuously improve themselves and the education of our exemplary children.

They will not have a class responsibility and will be based in one of our two fantastic sites as a consistent Deputy, with our Headteacher working over both sites.


Someries Infant School, Luton, Bedfordshire

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Vacancy for September 2018

A happy teacher is a better teacher.

Are you ready for your next challenge?

Are you inspired, engaged and passionate about early years or key stage one education?

Then join us at Someries Infant School where we believe anything is possible!



Western House Academy, Slough, Berkshire

Western House Academy is a three form vibrant, multicultural and successful primary academy on the outskirts of Slough.

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* Vice Principal 

* Assistant SENDCO/SEN Teacher



Research and articles about Values-based Education can be found in this section.

You are welcome to email VbE with relevant articles you may like published here.

Our team of Trustees, Consultants and Associates are wholly committed to creating Values-based environments in which children and adults are nurtured and flourish.

They have all been recognised as experts in the field of Values-based Education and are able to provide guidance, advice and support to schools looking to embed a values-based approach.


VbE Trustees and Consultants


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VbE Consultants and VbE Specialist Consultants


 Our VbE team of Consultants are all highly experienced in the field of Values-based Education. 

They are, or have all been, leaders of Values-based schools and are VbE Trainers and Quality Mark Assessors. 

They work nationally and internationally and support a large team of VbE Associates. 

Our Specialist Consultants are experts in their field and embed Values-based Education within their practice. 


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David Gumbrell 

(Resilience Specialist)



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VbE Associates


Our large team of VbE Associates are a body of people who work to promote VbE as a philosophy and a movement in their own settings or organisations. 

They may host visitors, run VbE Network Meetings, work in Initial Teacher Training and some speak at values events. 

VbE is looking to expand our network of Associates to ensure that the many new schools who are interested in finding out more about VbE, have an Associate closeby to talk to and visit.  

Our Associates are supported by the VbE Consultants. 

If you are working in a VbE school, or in an organisation which is aligned with VbE and are interested in becoming a VbE Associate, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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