May 30

Neil was moved by Elaine’s thoughts and concerns. What do you think?

Dear Dr. Hawkes

Thank you so much for replying me! It was very encouraging. I am now a six form student in the UK. Values-based education has always been an area that I am really interested in, partly because I found that many teenagers of my generation tend to pay much more attention on ‘trendy’ things, namely online social networks, digital products, alcohol and so on; and don’t care about their health and development (particularly the value-based aspects) that much at all. That’s what made me start to wonder what has been the major aim of education and what have students actually got the most from the current education system. For these reasons I chose this as the topic of my Extended Project. Since the sources I can get is relatively limited, I will collect information mainly through interviews and the research I’m doing now might not be very comprehensive, but I am very willing to take it further after getting into university. Would you mind if I contact you when I have some enquiries about the detail of value-based education? Please excuse the poor writing, and I’m looking forward to hear from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Elaine Chen

May 28

Jane Cross, of Dynamic Values (see this website tab), wowed a mixed group of educators and others delivering here Transactional Analysis 101 course. This course has the potential to give educators the understanding of human behaviour that will make them even more effective teachers. Jane is available for training in schools and other settings and may be contacted on JAMAR591@btinternet.com

May 24

Neil,
It is with great pleasure that I e mail you to update you on the amazing progress we have made in embracing and embedding Values education in our whole school environment at Lethbridge School. The impact and the positive response, since your INSET training day at the start of the acedemic year, has been FANTASTIC.
We would very much like to invite you back ( a year on) sometime in September to see all we have done and also to talk with the pupils and staff about Values Education at Lethbridge, in the hope of achieving the Values Award Quality Mark.

It has been an exciting year for us.
We have built on your training day in the following ways:-
* We have introduced Values on a monthly basis through assesmblies, class reflection time and whole school training
*We have built in Nurture opportunities, not just for small groups but as a part of the class environament.
* Our Values are displayed and referred to as a fabric of the school.
* Pupils will be working on Values mosaics at the end of the academic year as a celebration of our achievements as a whole school into building this into a living part of the school and NOT just a ‘lip service or paper document’
* Our link governor reports support and recognises the progress across the school.
* Newsletter inform and engage parents in relation to the current value and the ‘definition’ expectations / hopes around the value.
These are just some of the things . The most important thing is the realigning of all our minds to the very purpose we went into teaching, TA roles, and environment of learning.
I do hope that you will be able to make a return visits as soon as possible into the new year.
Excuse my enthusiasm but it has been a terrific year .
I look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks
Helen Sowden
Acting Head

May 23

Neil has spent two days considering the potential of Transactional Analysis (TA) as a source of inspiration for personal transformation. He worked under Giles Barrow who let a two day workshop in the theory and practice of TA, Neil sees TA as a potential engine in the car of Values-based Education. Contact Neil for further details of this great method for understanding the self and others.

May 17

Dear Neil

Very many thanks for your talk at the Generation Next festival on Monday. The responses I have been getting since are excellent, many people were so inspired by the evening. I will definitely be following up with schools and teachers who attended to involve them in your Value-based initiative.

I very much look forward to working with you again in the future.

With Best Wishes
Richard

May 14

Neil was part of a town festival looking at innovative ideas this evening. Incredibly positive audience. Neil gave an illustrated talk to inspire folk to support Values-based Education in the community. Great evening.

May 12

Thanks to staff of the Short Stay Schools in Lancashire for a great training day yesterday. They are folk who are living their values. Thanks too for the mentions on Twitter. See blow:

@NeilHawkes had a really fun & inspiring day with you today, it reinforces our good practice & that we are wonderful, thank you :-)

Very inspiring day listening to @NeilHawkes. Lots learnt and reinforced. Thank you!

May 09

Neil

A very big thank you to you, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and all staff have been saying how inspiring it was. I really do feel it could be the start of a big change for Istead Rise and hope that you are able to come back to see us.

Thank you again.

Gabrielle

May 03

Staff at Lyon Park Infant and Junior Schools, Brent work with Neil to understand the philosophy and practice of values-based Education. This 900 place school is underpinning its curriculum with positive human values. This was a great day with an enthusiastic and dedicated staff led by an outstanding headteacher.

May 02

The Headmaster of St Mary’s School Reigate is supporting the Quiet Revolution by introducing Values-based Education to the school. He actively encourages sustainability and works to influence other schools to adopt eco practices. Neil Hawkes spoke to staff and then to parents on Monday.

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