Why do VbE?

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Schools that have successfully embedded VbE in their whole school approach

see improvements in:


• Staff and pupil relationships

• Respectful, responsible and kind behaviour

20160909 191908• Quality of teaching and learning - motivated and brave teachers and learners

• Educational standards and outcomes

• Parent and wider community engagement
• Levels of independence and ambition

• Students' ability to self-regulate and manage emotions
• Child-centred pedagogy and student voice
• Staff contentment, recruitment and retention


VbE in Primary Schools


The school is a microcosm of the world. VbE is an approach that nourishes, and enables learners to flourish, making a difference to the world through who and how they are.


When we actively engage with values we start to understand their implications for making choices about our attitudes and responses. A Values-based approach encourages reflective and aspirational attributes and attitudes. These can be nurtured to help people discover the very best of themselves, which enables them to be good citizens and prepare them for the life of work.

VbE creates a better learning environment, in which students are able to attain better academic results. It creates a better teaching environment, in which staff are more fulfilled and significantly less stressed. It equips students with social capacities that help them work with, and relate to others effectively. It provides them with the self-esteem and confidence to explore and develop their full potential. It leaves no student behind, irrespective of their background.



An interview with Washingborough Academy, a values-based school,
about what makes VbE such a powerful tool to improve their pupils' chances in life


VbE in Secondary Schools

Schools become a place where students experience positive values in context. They learn how to apply and talk about values appropriately. They become self-motivated, and their behaviour becomes calm and purposeful. Division in schools reduces, collaboration between students increases and values underpin a sense of unity and positive direction. Values work in a dynamic way through developing aspects such as leadership focus, positive role modelling and community values.

Values-based Education offers:

  • A fundamental approach to high quality schooling, influencing and enabling students to develop fully as individuals and creating connectedness to parents and the wider community.
  • A philosophy of being and living that permeates organizational policy and day-to-day practice and supports students to develop reflective practices and self-responsibility for behaviour and actions.
  • A practical and transformative tool which enables students to shape their future and gives meaning and purpose to their lives.
  • The development of an integrated and aspirational community ethos that can help to redress the effects of disadvantage through securing and enabling the agreed values to remain powerful, effective and salient across the organisation.


Mark Warren, Vice Principle of Key Stage 3 at St Marks Academy in Mitcham, talks about why
his school chose to work with values, and the impact it has had on the pupils. 


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