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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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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. 





Values-based Education - 'Nurturing Wellbeing and Resilience'


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.


Neil and Jane Hawkes latest book, 'The Inner Curriculum - How to nourish wellbeing, resilience and self-leadership' is an essential read for all educationalists. 

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When today’s pupils have high levels of wellbeing, resilience and self-leadership, they will build strong positive relationships, be successful learners and enjoy emotional stability.

Values-based Education has acknowledged this for many years and looks to create a sustainable and peaceful future for humanity through the way in which we educate the next generation.

Neil and Jane’s renowned and dedicated work has been to support schools in creating authentic values-based cultures, which promote wellbeing and resilience for all.

In this transformative, creative and vital book, Neil and Jane introduce the Inner Curriculum as a new concept in education. They show how it teaches people of all ages to be conscious and in harmonious control of their internal world of thoughts,feelings and emotions.

Their insights drawn from interpersonal neurobiology, psychotherapy and excellent education practices help pupils develop a strong and secure sense of self. This nurtures the disposition of self-leadership, which contributes to improved pupil achievement, behaviour, relationships, communication skills and mental health.



 Neil and Jane

Neil and Jane deliver keynote speeches and training all over the world. 


They are highly esteemed visitors to many national and international educational institutions.


For more information about their availability, Contact Us.







David Gumbrell

VbE Specialist Consultant, David Gumbrell is a former headteacher and Resilience expert. 


David delivers presentations, training and coaching in Resilience, aligning his practice with VbE. 


For more information about David's work and a special offer for VbE Member schools, click here






Special Schools

A growing number of Special Schools are embracing Values-based Education with the most wonderful impact! 


Congratulations to Wilds Lodge School (An 'Outstanding' Residential Theraputic School) in Leicestershire for recently being the first Special School to achieved the VbE Enhanced Quality Mark. 


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'The driving force of the school’s pedagogy is good relationships...Staff are very authentic, real people who share who they are with the pupils. This has a profound effect on building self-confidence and respectful relationships. If a pupil is in need of support because they feel emotionally overwhelmed they feel safe and secure because they know that staff really do care and value them as people. Pupils are constantly faced with dilemmas related to their own behaviour as well as in the formal curriculum. Pupils are invited to think about their behaviour in a non-judgemental way, which helps them to develop the skills associated with self-regulation and self-leadership.'

Dr Hawkes - July 2017 




Rowdeford School in Wiltshire is also one of VbE's superb Quality Mark schools. 


'The school’s core values of ‘responsibility, happiness, cooperation, resilience, respect and caring’ lie at the heart of all that it does. As a result, pupils grow in self-confidence. They learn to overcome any barriers that are part of their initial communication and interaction difficulties.' OFSTED 2016


This film shows Values-based Education at its very best. 


Go to Case Studies page to see The Valley School's values journey. 

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