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Professional Development - at its bestSue training at Aureus


Our team of trainers are the most passionate people you will ever meet!


They are driven to support school staff in their understanding of VbE and the incredibly positive impact it can have on whole communities.


They have all 'walked the walk' as well as 'talked the talk'.


The Professional Development days/sessions they deliver leave staff motivated, refreshed, inspired and re-energised in their roles in schools.


Most of all, it helps to reinforce or develop the team spirit of a school staff working together to provide the very best learning environment, a focus on wellbeing and support of their pupils - and each other.


See our Team Page for mini-biographies.


See our Menu of Professional Development Training.


What people say:                                       


Our trainer was great; approachable, inspiring, friendly and a great deliverer. I normally dread sitting all day in training but I've thoroughly enjoyed today. It has deepened my understanding of values and has enabled me to reflect on my key values and how I can further embed these into my teaching practice. Thank you!

Teacher, Bedford


A very valuable and highly relevant day's training. The content fits really well with our current situation and thinking. We will pursue this ethos and structure in our school from today!

Headteacher, Eastbourne


A very engaging and positive day. The clarity and delivery of the training was fantastic. I feel inspired to incorporate VbE into my day to day thinking and actions.

Teaching Assistant, Surrey


This training has been very enlightening, revealing and empowering. It will definitely help to move the whole community forward. You are doing a great job - keep going with VbE!

SENCO/Deputy Headteacher, London


Great! Thank you for making sense! I'm feeling quite excited about the year ahead!

School Receptionist, London



 Aureus Values Scoping smallThis artwork captured a VbE INSET day at Aureus School in Oxfordshire.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Graphic facilitation by @MendoncaPen'






Many studies have confirmed the impact of VbE. Below are some illustrations of benefits, and a summary of major independent research carried out in 2009.


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School also carry our their own research. See an example of feedback from a questionnaire to parents and staff. 


Original VbE Research

VbE was researched and developed by Dr Neil Hawkes in the 1990s and 2000s. We have since summarised his original research findings.

To download the summary, click here.

Click here to read or download the full thesis.

Independent Research : Impact of VbE on Schools

Below is an extract of the findings from an academic study into the impact of Values-based Education.

To download the full report from which the information is extracted, click here.

To download the formal research paper on which the Australian Government's report was based,  click here

The reports and research are summarised below:

Values-based schools emphasise values education in their curriculum and teaching. As a consequence students become more academically diligent, the school assumes a calmer, more peaceful ambience, better student-teacher relationships are forged, student and teacher wellbeing improves and parents are more engaged with the school.

Explicit teaching of values provides a common ethical language for talking about interpersonal behaviour. It also provides a mechanism for self-regulated behaviour. An important outcome is a more settled school which enhances quality teaching and enables teachers to raise expectations for student performance.


Academic Diligence

Student academic diligence was enhanced. Students:
- Showed increased attentiveness in class and a greater capacity to work independently
- Assumed more responsibility for their own learning
- Asked questions and worked together more cooperatively
- Took greater care and effort in their schoolwork
- Took more pride in their efforts


School Ambiance

The improvements in school ambience included:
- Conflict among students decreased or was managed more constructively
- Students demonstrated greater empathy, honesty and integrity
- More tolerant and cooperative student interactions
- Safer and more harmonious classrooms and playgrounds
- Greater kindness and tolerance among students
- Students actively seeking to include peers without friends
- Students taking greater responsibility with school equipment and routine tasks
- Students treating the school buildings and grounds with respect


Student-teacher Relationships

The impact on student-teacher relationships was evidenced by:
- More trusting relationships between staff and students
- The establishment of more democratic classrooms
- Teachers giving students more power by allowing them choices in learning activities
- Teachers being more conscious of scaffolding students to manage their own behaviour or resolve conflict with others
- Teachers seeking opportunities to acknowledge and reinforce appropriate behaviour
- Teachers listening to students and responding to their concerns and opinions
- Students perceiving that teachers treat them fairly
- Students behaving more respectfully towards teachers
- Students showing greater politeness and courtesy to teachers


Student-teacher Wellbeing

The positive impacts on student and teacher wellbeing included:
- Students feeling a greater sense of connectedness and belonging
- Students gaining a greater capacity for self-reflection and self-appraisal
- Students developing a greater capacity for regulating their own and their peers’ behaviour
- Teachers receiving collegial support and strong leadership
- Teachers obtaining confidence and knowledge through opportunities for professional development and through staff collaboration
- Teachers re-examining their practices and role
- The fostering of relational trust among staff and between teachers and families

When Values Education is explicit, a common language is established among students, staff and families. This not only leads to greater understanding of the targeted values but also provides a positive focus for redirecting children’s inappropriate behaviour. Teachers perceive that explicitly teaching values and developing empathy in students results in more responsible, focused and cooperative classrooms and equipped students striving for better learning and social outcomes. When values are explicitly endorsed, acknowledged and valued within a school culture, it becomes incumbent on schools to ensure that staff, as well as students are both benefactors and recipients in respectful and caring interactions. The common focus draws teachers together to create a collaborative and cohesive school community which supports teachers to do their job more effectively. This has important ramifications for students’ academic progress and wellbeing.


Impact of VbE on Wellbeing

Professors Lovatt and Hawkes produced a paper that explores research into the impact of VbE on students' wellbeing.

It concluded that the results of the studies have added to a growing body of evidence that demonstrates that values education is consistently accompanied by greater self-awareness on the part of students and more harmonious social interactions in the playground and in the classroom.

In this improved learning environment, one can find academic diligence and improvement occurring without any other obvious determining factor.

To download the full report from which the information is extracted, click here.


Impact of Wellbeing on Academic Attainment

VbE research above demonstrates the improvement of wellbeing on individual students and on the school as a whole.

The Department for Education funded research into the link between the level of wellbing and academic attainment, in November 2012. It was carried out by the Institute of Education and Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre.

The report concluded that " For academic progression, better emotional wellbeing is a key factor in primary school, whereas low levels of troublesome behaviour and more school engagement emerge as significant in adolescence."

The full report can be downloaded by clicking here

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Neil's TED Talk 


'VBE - Education's Quiet Revolution'


Watch Neil Hawkes, the founder of Values-based Education, delivers a passionate and profound TED Talk at TEDxNorwichED. 



"Values-based Education is when you underpin everything in school - the policies, the way you behave, the relationships...everything - with a set of positive human values." 


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"There are seven pillars of Values-based Education that underpin all values work."

"Together we can make a huge change in the world if we follow Values-based Education." 


"It is the philosophy which actually drives a 21st century curriculum that meets the needs of children all over the world."


"Zoom this message to the future with our children and they wil create a society in which this world can truly flourish!"


 Watch the other brilliant speakers talk about their 'Big Dream'.

TedxNorwichED April 2018







Just published!PS book front cover


VbE Consultant, Sue Webb, has contributed to this excellent book - 'How To Be A Peaceful School'. 


Read Chapter 1 - 'Peaceful Values' by Sue Webb.


Then read the rest of this wonderful book. 


"Wow! This book is a must read for all involved in the education and nurture of children in schools and at home. Peace has to be our priority, if we are to survive and flourish on this beautiful planet. Also peace is the cornerstone of good relationships and altruistic behaviour. The book is packed with inspirational ideas about how to create a peaceful school and to nurture peaceful citizens.                                            

Dr. Neil Hawkes, Founder of Values-based Education (VbE)


Buy 'How To Be A Peaceful School'




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