About VbE

Values-based Education (VbE) is a profoundly different life-enhancing, holistic approach to education. It supports schools to provide a values-based environment in which pupils become aware of and experience positive universal values in their lives. It provides learners with the foundations from which to develop self-awareness, interpersonal skills and opportunities to put their values into action to enable humanity and our world to flourish.

We provide experienced support and training for schools and other settings to develop all aspects of values-based education.

VbE is the educational arm of the IVET Foundation, a UK registered charity whose objectives are to support social transformation for the flourishing of humanity.

VbE Overview

VbE is a transformational philosophy and approach to education rooted in a research program at Oxford University, spanning 10 years. At its heart, VbE understands that successful values education is more than teaching children about values. Success is assessed on whether children choose for themselves to embed those values in their thinking and behaviour. When positive universal values become embedded in the next generation, it will have a profound impact on the future cohesion and harmony within the world.


The IVET Foundation

VbE is run under the auspices of The IVET Foundation (IVET), a UK registered charity. IVET implements its approach to Values-based Education through the websites below.


VbE Structure

Vbe is structured in two domains.

  • VbE Principles
    This is outlined through the ivetfoundation.com website. It sets out VbE's aims and objectives, its philosophy and principles and is an example of VbE in action, a series of social action initiatives based around the principles of VbE

  • VbE Practices
    This is implemented through the valuesbasededucation.com website. It sets out an explanation of what VbE is and how to implement it. And it sets out the support and resources available to schools implementing VbE

The Neil Hawkes Website

Neil Hawkes is the founder of VbE. He has a website that sets out his thoughts and resources relating to the creation, development and future direction of the VbE movement.