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VbE Staff Award Scheme
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The VbE Staff Award is a recognition of a staff member’s excellent values-practice in a school; that they make a superb contribution to the values-environment and to the students’ awareness and experience of positive, universal values.


This award requires an internal audit by a senior member of staff/line manager against VbE criteria. Staff who gain this award receive a VbE Staff Award certificate and are celebrated as VbE Staff Award practitioners on the Values-based Education website.


The steps to achieve the VbE Staff Award are set out below:


Step 1

Download and complete the relevant criteria for the values-based member of staff. The This will help you assess how well your procedures and practices are focused towards values modelling and values actions, and will steer you towards gathering the evidence needed for the audit.

As this scheme is for member Schools only, the tools are downloadable from the Resources section of this website.

Step 2
Arrange for a senior member of staff/line manager to undertake an internal audit. Evidence of the required criteria having been met should be recorded in the appropriate sections of the Criteria form. Once completed, this form should be sent to Values-based Education and a VbE Assessor will verify the Award. It may be necessary for the assessor to contact either the candidate or the internal auditor if further information is needed. A certificate will be sent to the staff member- with our congratulations!

VbE Quality Mark staff are authorised to present the certificate to third parties, and may be authorised to display the certificate at their school.

We list Quality Mark schools and staff on this website.


Click here to find out about this scheme and other Member Schools benefits.

VbE Student Award Scheme (Primary & Secondary)
The VbE Student Award Scheme is a fantastic initiative to recognise dedication and contribution to the school's values environment and community.
It is a structured framework for students to carry out values-related activities in and out of school.
The scheme provides a guide as to how the process can be carried out, a values activity card for students to complete as they make progress and a template for schools to print individual VbE certificates for students.
The schemes are simple to administer. Each has its own 'Values Challenge' card for students to complete in their own time. The activities should be mainly child-led and students should be encouraged to take responsibility for showing what they have achieved.
There are 12 tasks. They encourage students to consider and reflect on the way positive values can impact on their life in school, the community and wider society. Students can work on 'Values Challenges' individually. in groups or as class activities where relevant. They can be completed at home or school, as appropriate.
A member of staff needs to verify the completion of the activities by talking to the student, looking at their evidence and signing their card.This could be built into PSHE lessons, circle time, tutor time etc. It is designed to be simple, yet rewarding for both adults and students.
Clear guidelines come with the resources.
As this scheme is for member Schools only, the tools are downloadable from the Resources section of this website.
Once a student has completed their tasks they have selected, the school can download a VbE-badged certificate to present to each student.

In addition, there is a pack of free stickers (containing 96 stickers) that can be ordered by sending a request via email. Pupil award

The IVET Quality Mark and the IVET Enhanced Quality Mark recognise Values-based Education at its very best.

Our Quality Mark schools are centres of values-based learning and teaching, supportive relationships, high levels of emotional intelligence, resilience and wellbeing.

The Quality Marks are administered by the International Values-based Education Trust (IVET).



IVET Quality Mark


The IVET Quality Mark is an independent certification that a school practises VbE effectively. Seeking the Quality Mark helps schools to focus on the effectiveness of their values provision. It is an opportunity for celebrating excellent work and also identifying possible ways forward.

The steps to applying for the IVET Quality Mark are set out below:


  • Step 1
    Complete the IVET Self-Assessment Audit Tool. This helps the school to assess how well its procedures and practices are focused towards values modelling and values teaching, and will steer it towards gathering the evidence needed for the audit.
  • Step 2
    Contact Us to arrange an audit for your school. A Quality Mark Auditor will make arrangements with you for a visit.
    During the audit, the VbE Consultant/Auditor will draw the school's attention to any recommendations or suggestions to help increase the impact of VbE at the school. They will report the key findings of the audit at the end of the visit. A written report is sent to the school a short while later with certificates and logos. The school will be listed as a Quality Mark school on the VbE website and become a hub school to inspire others.

Qulaity Mark Certificate

Example Quality Mark Audit Reports

Coldfall Primary School and  Levenshulme High School have published their reports to show examples of the impact of VbE, the standards of a VbE School Quality Mark and the scope of the audit.

Download the reports
Coldfall Primary School
Levenshulme High  School


Enhanced IVET Quality Mark

The Enhanced VbE School Quality Mark recognises an existing Quality Mark school's more profound and wide-ranging use of Values-based Education in improving the quality of provision and practice for pupils across the school or setting.


It embraces the criteria outlined for the Values-based Education Quality Mark but also provides further challenge for those schools that wish to demonstrate unprecedented and leading practice in this field.


It does this by recognising and acknowledging:


  • The continuation and further development of outstanding practice as a Values-based school.
  • The furtherance of the school's commitment to Values-based Education as a transformational approach to schooling and improvement.
  • High aspirations of a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Commitment to creativity and innovation in the pursuit of excellence for all its pupils.
  • The school as a leader for local or nationally-based organisation in this field.

Download the Enhanced IVET Quality Mark Audit Tool 

CONTACT US to discuss or apply for the IVET Quality Mark or Enhanced Quality Mark

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