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Our vision is to inspire schools and other settings to be values-based. Neil and his colleagues devote their time to working with other like-minded individuals and a range of other organisations to bring about this vision. Headteachers are playing a central active role in this process, as can be seen in the list of schools that have the Values Quality Mark. A growing number, such as Bridget Knight, Headteacher, Eardisley School, in Herefordshire, Di Thomas, ex Headteacher, Greenfield School, Bedfordshire, Julie Rees, Ledbury School in Herefordshire and Jason O’Rourke, Washingborough School, in Lincolnshire are enthusing others, by talking about their practical experience of Values-based Education. Jason has recently proposed the establishment of Values Trust Academies to enable values schools to share experience and benefit from each other. Neil is one of the National Education Trust's Leading Thinkers and is the Founder of the International Values Education Trust. Neil is currently working with the Dynamic Values Team who are able to support values-based developments in your school, setting or company in the ways described.

Dr.Neil Hawkes

What can Neil and his colleagues do for you?

  1. Conduct a whole staff training day, half day, or twilight session to inspire the development of a Values-based School.
  2. Visit your school to conduct an audit and then recommend ways that your school can develop as a Values-based School.
  3. Lead workshops that will help staff develop, what Neil has termed the Inner Curriculum. Popular Presenter, Jane Cross will help your school to understand adult and child behaviour, so that all in the school community can model values more effectively.
  4. Assess your school for the Quality Mark in Values-based Education.
  5. Conduct seminars for school leaders in Values-based Leadership.
  6. Mentor colleagues wishing to develop their relational skills and effectiveness as values-based adults.
  7. Conduct Parent/Governor Values Evenings.
  8. Review your school’s values-based planning and documentation and give advice.
  9. Advise on the ingredients that form an excellent school, such as school culture, curriculum, reflection, modelling, values selection and development, leadership, lessons and resources generally.
  10. To give a keynote presentation at conferences and conduct workshops.

(Picture above) Neil, speaking at the Peaceful Primary Schools conference, London, 18 May 2012. Included in the audience was Damilola Taylor's Father (front row).

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These schools have been awarded the International Values Education Trust’s Quality Mark as Values-based Schools.

  • Ascension Kindergarten, Singapore
  • Addison Primary, Shepherds Bush, London
  • Arnold Middle, Bedfordshire
  • Ashby Fields Primary, Daventry, Warwickshire
  • Ashley Primary School, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey, UK
  • Aylestone Business and Enterprise College, Hereford
  • Barnsbury Primary, Surrey
  • Bladon Primary School, Oxfordshire
  • Beavers Community Primary School, Hounslow
  • Castle Lower School, Bedford
  • Christopher Reeves Lower School, Bedfordshire
  • Chantry Primary, Luton, Bedfordshire www.chantry-pri.luton.sch.uk
  • Coleby Primary School Lincolnshire
  • Coed Eva Primary School, Cwnbran, Wales
  • Clehonger Primary School, Herefordshire
  • Eardisley Primary School, Herefordshire
  • Eastwick Infant School,Great Bookham, Surrey
  • Greenfield and Pulloxhill Lower Schools' Federation, Bedfordshire
  • Haydon Wick Primary School, Wiltshire
  • Hinchley Wood Primary School, Esher, Surrey
  • Houghton Conquest Lower School, Bedfordshire
  • Leikskolinn Alfaheidi, Iceland.
  • Leikskolstjori, Iceland.
  • Ledbury Primary, Herefordshire
  • Linslade Middle, Bedfordshire
  • Long Crendon Primary, Buckinghamshire
  • Lyneham Primary, Wiltshire
  • Madley Primary, Herefordshire
  • Maybury Infant School, Woking, Surrey
  • Oatlands Infants, Surrey
  • Ramsey Manor Lower School, Bedfordshire
  • Ratton Performing Arts Trust School, Eastbourne
  • Red Oaks Primary School, Swindon, Wiltshire.
  • Shefford Lower School, Bedfordshire
  • Shillington Lower, Bedfordshire
  • Silsoe Lower School, Bedfordshire
  • St Andrew's Junior School, Singapore
  • St Charles Borromeo Primary, Melbourne, Australia
  • St James’s Primary, Surrey
  • St Mary’s Lower, Clophill, Bedfordshire
  • Sancta Maria College, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Sutton Lower School, Bedfordshire
  • Thames Ditton Infant School, Surrey
  • The Meads Primary School, Luton, Bedfordshire
  • The Castle Lower, Bedfordshire
  • The Manor Primary, Didcot, Oxfordshire
  • Tower Hill Primary School, Witney, Oxfordshire
  • West Kidlington Primary and Nursery, Oxfordshire
  • Windmill Primary, Oxfordshire
  • Westoning Lower School, Bedfordshire
  • Washingborough Primary School, Lincolnshire
  • Woodlea Junior School, Leyland, Lancashire
  • Woodland Middle School, Flitwick, Bedfordshire

What is a Quality Mark?

Values Education

The Values Education Quality Mark is an international validation of a school’s commitment to Values Education through this unique Values Education logo.

Why do it?

  • To acknowledge and celebrate being a Values-based school or setting.
  • To recognise the school/setting’s commitment to high aspirations and to its culture of continuous improvement
  • To value the hard work that all staff engage in on a daily basis.
  • To provide recognition of success to parents and the local community
  • To contribute to the school/setting’s self-evaluation process.
What appears to be missing from many schools and society at large is a shared ethical vocabulary, based on universal positive human values, which can provide a sense of direction and vision about how to nurture a positive sense of self, support the raising of academic standards and foster a stable moral society

Dr.Neil Hawkes
Founder of the international Values Education Trust

Biography of Dr.Neil Hawkes

Biographical background of: Dr. Neil Hawkes, Cert.Ed, ACP, BA, MEd, FCol P, D.Phil (Oxford), FRSA

Prior to 1992, Neil Hawkes’s career was spent in the UK as a teacher, deputy headteacher and in two headships. From 1983 until 1989, Neil worked as an Education Adviser for Buckinghamshire and from 1989 to 1993 as Chief Adviser/Principal Education Officer of the Isle of Wight Education Service.

He then decided to implement his values philosophy, by spending six and a half years (1993 - 2000) as Headteacher of West Kidlington Primary and Nursery School in Oxford, UK. It was here that the school community worked together to devise and implement a unique system of Values-based Education. The school still attracts a lot of national and international visitors, keen to see how the values philosophy works in practice.

Between 1999 and 2005, Neil was a Senior Adviser for Oxfordshire, responsible for school improvement based on Values Education. Neil currently works as an international consultant in Values-based Education and leadership.

In 2008, Neil founded the International Values Education Trust to promote the development of values-based organisations around the world.


2012 Newsletter

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July 4th 2012

Values Audit at Tower Hill School, Witney, Oxfordshire

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