Inspirational Ideas

This page offers some practical ideas for schools to help develop or expand students' understanding of their school's chosen values.

"Because Someone Smiled" poetry inspiration

 Kelly Green, a specialist health and wellbeing teacher,  wrote a charming poem filled with values ideas. Oak Class from Eardisley Primary School took the poem as inspiration to create their own poetry and artwork. Their work filled them with curiosity, ideas and new and fun ways to represent their values. 

For more information about Kelly's work and the values-related ideas she has for schools:

School Displays

Two Thirds Design helps schools display their values throughout the school. The video  offers tips about why values displays are so impactful and how to make the displays more effective 

Ideas from Two Thirds Design

Brain Breaks

The video introduces the idea of Brain Breaks for students. It is a useful technique for students who are over-excited and where the class would learn more effectively in a calmer environment.

The Values Library

In this short video, Bridget Knight, CEO of VbE, shares an idea sent to us by a VbE headteacher Joseph Piatczanyn about building up a themed values-based library that links to the school's chosen values

The VbE Legacy Book

In this video, teachers from Madley Primary school, a Quality Mark VbE school, share their ideas about a VbE Legacy book. It helps schools and students to identify the values legacy they have on the school through students thoughts and reflections. It helps them look back on their values journey throughout their time at school.

Pupils' Parliament

Hugh Evans presents the workings and achievements of Pupils' Parliaments. The presentation explains what they are, how they are so impactful and how school's can create their own Pupils' Parliament. They give students a voice about the school's activities and offers experiences and skills that will help students throughout their lives.

Developing Values through Outdoor Play

Sarah Watkins, a teacher at the VbE school Ledbury Primary, presents a workshop based on her school's experience with using outdoor play that nurture and develop students' engagement with and understanding of values.

Values Emojis

Long Crendon Primary School has created a set of nine values emojis. They are freely available below.

Musical Cares

Musical Cares is a VbE-inspired project to encourage students to visit care and old-people's homes.

We have created all the resources schools need to visit residential homes, including risk assessment forms. Key to the project is a series of sing-along videos created by the musician Tom Seals to help break the initial ice between students and residents.

For more details, click here