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February 2020


Congratulations to Wilds Lodge School

WINNER of the TES Independent Schools Award 2020Wilds Lodge

Boarding School of The Year'


At VbE, we are so very proud of the work that one of our Enhanced Quality Mark schools is doing, 

and over the moon to see their work recognised by the TES Independent Schools Awards. 

Huge congratulations to Robin and his amazing team of staff! 

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The school was also recently recognised by OFSTED as 'Outstanding' (for the fourth time) - with NO recommendations for improvement! 

Parents’ and carers’ comments are extremely positive and reflect the life-changing impact that the school has on children and their families.

Comments include: ‘My child now has a future’, ‘My child is unrecognisable from when they started’ and

‘The school has saved my family, it’s as simple as that.’

— Ofsted, December 2019.


Visit their website - or even better - visit them and see for yourself!




November 2019


(Our very own CEO) Bridget Knight's book is out!

Can I Tell You About....FriendshipNeil in Latvia filmed

A positive response to making friendships and preventing bullying, this illustrated book is the ideal conversation starter for children aged 7+, helping children to understand what friendship is, as well the misunderstandings surrounding it.

Join Rhidi as he finds out from his classmates what friendship means, and how to make good friendships.

“It is a beautifully written book for meant for children that will resonate with adults.”

Mick Waters, Professor of Education


Read more about the book here 




October 2019


Dr Neil Hawkes' introduces VbE to schools innovating the curriculum in Latvia.Neil in Latvia filmed


It seems that schools all over the world are realising the importance of embedding values in their culture and curriculum. 

Watch as Neil talks to Latvian educators about introducing VbE and the impact it has for our future generations.







Press Release

Elmbridge Values Cluster Banner Trail September 2019-July 2020Values Trail quote

An outdoor art gallery in your local high street to engage and inspire residents and visitors alike is an original and exciting idea.

This ambitious venture is exactly what has been undertaken by nine schools in Weybridge and Walton-on-Thames in Surrey during 2019.

Together these schools form the Elmbridge Values Cluster sharing 5800 pupils ranging in ages from 4-19 years old between them.

What makes this Cluster special is that they all adhere to teaching a Values Based Education following 22 universal positive Values, also known as the Inner Curriculum, alongside teaching the statutory curriculum.


Read the whole Press Release 

See the journey in words and pictures




June 2019

VbE Associate, Dom Brister is in the news (again) for more excellent work with young people and 'mental wellness'. 


 Article from Education Today Magazine - June 2019

Education Today Magazine April 2019 Page 22 Dom Brister from Stamford Welland on Mental Health and TOBT
























May 2019

VbE International at The Global Education Conference - 'Values-based Education for a Better World'  Global Conf title


Held in Bangalore, from 24-26 May 2019, this incredible event brought experts in the field of Values-based Education from all over the world. 

See full list of speakers and presenters here.

Sue Webb represented VbE Interenational and was delighted to present to the 750 delegates and co-presenters, the work of Dr Neil Hawkes, 

his lastest thinking and the impact VbE International is having in the UK and worldwide. 

It was an honour to be part of an event where passionate and commited educators came together on a mission to make the world a better place through Values-based Education. 

Sue Speaking











April 2019

Just published!


LIFT! Going up when teaching gets you down

By David Gumbrell


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There are 39 weeks in the academic year and there are 39 chapters in the book.

This means that every week there is a ‘top up’ of information, a prompt to reflect, a provocation of a self-compassionate thought.


Neil Hawkes, founder of VbE, endorsed the book, calling it:

“Full of inspirational, engaging ideas linked to real life, which will help you if you are a new teacher, or if you are more established, to adopt 39 brilliant strategies to support your inner resilience.”


Try a sample here.

Buy the book from Amazon


Congratulations to David - the VbE Team are very proud of him!


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Understanding British Values in Primary Schools:

Policy and practice (Transforming Primary QTS Series)BV Book

By Joy Carroll, Colin Howard & Bridget Knight


Schools must actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


The Teachers' Standards make it clear that teachers themselves must do nothing to undermine these fundamental British Values.


So how do schools and teachers provide educational experiences for primary aged children that explore and promote these values?


This text provides trainees, teachers and schools with practice-based advice, informed by current practitioners, relating to the delivery of ‘British Values. The content covers many topical themes and provides a unique insight into delivering ‘British Values’ in schools. It supports educational professionals to understand their duties around the PREVENT agenda and goes further to explore why this is important.


It helps trainees and teachers to see how these 'values' fit within the wider context of education and what we value as educators.


Buy the book from Amazon


Congratulations to our CEO Bridget and her author colleagues!




A Wonderful Year for World Values Day!


Those wonderful people at the UK Values AllianceReview World Values Day 2018

have produced a review of World Values Day 2018.  


Read about all the engagement around the world! 


...on key measures, World Values Day with its theme of

Values in the Community was bigger and better than ever in 2018! media activity is just one element of World Values Day, but it’s an important one.


The #WorldValuesDay hashtag trended at No.1 in UK on Twitter - a great achievement, far exceeding the previous year’s



Read the whole review here. 




 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'







VbE Termly Newletters (and Weekly Newsbites) provide a wealth of information and resources about the world of values. 

We celebrate global values events and share brilliant resources to use in the classroom. 

Sign up for weekly Newsbites here


Spring Term Newsletter 2020 - A Message for the New Year, plus so much more!

Autumn Term Newsletter 2019 - Happy New VbE Year, Success in India plus so much more! 

Summer Term 2019 - Teacher Wellbeing and Resilience plus so much more!













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