The Inner Curriculum

Value Based Education

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Book coverKnowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”  - Aristotle


The Inner Curriculum teaches us how to be aware and in control of our internal world of thoughts, feelings, sensations and emotions, enabling us to respond appropriately to others without hurting them or damaging our own sense of self.


When we create the right environment, it nourishes students' mental health, empowering their brains to remedy pathways that are holding them back.


It equips staff with new tools, with new insights, into responding to challenging behaviour, even the most challenging behaviour, in ways that support students to be able to respond in more appropriate ways to stresses they are otherwise unable to cope with.


Without high levels of wellbeing and resilience, pupils are unable to function well, build strong, positive relationships or get the most out of their education.

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


Neil's expertise as the founder of Values-based Education and Jane's as a highly-respected psychotherapist have  enabled them to work together to create and write about 'The Inner Curriculum'. 


They propose that all children need to understand what it means to be a complete human being; that our future depends on their ability to be humane and in relationship with the natural world.


We do not live in the ninetieth century, but so much of schooling reflects the tradition and mores of that epoch.


They maintain that the greatest inhibitor for positive change is that adults have all been to school and, subsequently, the natural human tendency to mirror and reproduce what we have experienced limits the capacity for meaningful change.


They created this guide as one that gives the reader both an understanding of the transformational theoretical ideas underpinning it and a range of practical exercises that will support its implementation.


In the first theoretical part of this book, they give an overview of Values-based Education (VbE): the Inner Curriculum (IC) and their relationship with each other. 


The second part explores how to implement the Inner Curriculum (IC).


We live at a time, filled with personal, social and political unrest, which demands that we creatively transform pedagogy, ideas and practices so that education is relevant to the demands of our times.


Testimonial from Dick Schwartz, Founder of The Internal Family System

It’s very beautiful Neil, congratulations!! Your passion comes through clearly and your content is very clear and is a wonderful message. I sent it to Dan Siegel and will send it to our community in an eblast soon.



Contact us if you would like to find out more about training in VbE and/or The Inner Curriculum.

Buy 'The Inner Curriculum:How to nourish wellbeing, resilience and wellbeing'.



NEW dates -

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Tuesday 5th February 2019

Tuesday 19th February 2019

Venue: The Barn, Rutland Water, Leicestershire

Cost - £95 (or £85 to VbE Member Schools) - includes lunch and refreshments.

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Local training also available for large groups.




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