Becoming a Values-based School

tim2Affiliated to the International Values-based Education Trust, I have been inspired as so many have by the work and writing of Dr Neil Hawkes, whom I am proud to call a close friend. I am amongst a growing number of experienced school leaders and consultants committed to broadening the scope of this work, which is capable of transforming schools and their cultures within a few years into flourishing learning communities. See Neil’s book ‘From my Heart: transforming lives through values’ (Independent Thinking Press, 2014).

Both I and the schools I work with are able to draw on the collective wisdom and support of the International Values-based Education Trust, as I am an accredited IVET Associate Trainer in Values-based Education (VbE). I am also privileged to have a chapter published in Professor Terry Lovat’s seminal compendium, the ‘International Research Handbook on Values Education and Student Well-being’ (Springer 2010)

For a school, this process usually starts with a training day for all the staff, including support staff and as many governors as can be there. It is an interactive day, exploring, expressing and experiencing how universal human values can become the organising principle for everything learned and taught in a school and planning your own implementation strategies.

Once you believe values are becoming embedded in the life of your school, you can complete a survey and apply for the IVET School’s Quality Mark*.

If you would like to know more about how to get involved, please make contact.

* For more information about the IVET School’s Quality Mark and a list of Schools so far awarded it, please see:

66A wonderful insight into potentially life-changing and career-changing ideas. Underlines the reason I became a teacher and my aspirations as a mum!Inspiring… Real impactful training, both practical and theoretical. Excellent…Stimulating and thought-provoking! I feel that as a whole staff there would be no problem with implementation. Tim is highly erudite and this course has been a pleasure and hopefully life changing. Thank you.

Teachers and participants in a learning power workshop at a new academy in East Yorkshire

Thank you so much for the Learning to Learn training day yesterday. I found the day to be interesting as well as informative. The agenda ensured that the day was fast paced, enjoyable and pertinent to each member of the staff who attended. I felt that one of the most motivating aspects… was hearing the teachers talking about learning. It is so easy to forget… Once again, thank you.

The Head Teacher of a Fresh Start Comprehensive School in Buckinghamshire