Student Voices

Understanding core values helps students build their character, reducing confrontation and building self esteem

Perhaps the most effective way to understand the impact of VbE is to hear from students and staff at VbE schools. For quotes from staff at VbE schools, click here. For quotes from OFSTED, click here

A Student Interview

Below is an extract of interviews with students as part of the Quality Mark assessment of Tower Hill Primary in Oxfordshire in 2016.

What is your favourite value?
  • "Resilience as it’s good to never give up."
  • "Respect as we should treat others how we want to be treated and respects represents all the values."
  • "Positivity as I like it when everyone is happy."
  • "Courage as you overcome your fears."
  • "Honesty as it’s easier to work out problems."

What difference do the values make at Tower Hill?
  • "They make you a better learner."
  • "They give you courage to stand up in assembly."
  • "There would be no values council and this would make the school different."
  • "Issues get resolved a lot quicker."
  • "It’s a different school."
  • "Teachers would keep shouting if we didn’t have values."

What does Respect look like outside class?
  • "Doing your chores."
  • "Keeping eye contact with the person you are talking to."
  • "Take it in turns."
  • "Play nicely on park equipment."

Student Quotes
  • "Determination is a conclusion of all values."
  • "Values are a way of life, they allow your life to flow and you don't need to think of them."
  • "They are a life support system, you do it without thinking."
  • "You learn from mistakes and have the courage to do it again."
Quotes from students at West Haddon Primary School

"I am happy to come to school. It gives you the option to be yourself"
Camilla, Year 11

"Values really makes a difference. It makes the people much nicer in the school, and the teachers too. Because we have values, we don't have many fall outs [in the playground]"
Lucy, Year 5

"Sometimes we play Schools at home. It hels us get on better with our brothers and sister, and our friends and our parents"
Connor, Year 5

"It is too late to introduce values to adults. You need to get it understood by children so they can take it out with them to the world."
Holly, Year 5

"When you quarrel with your friends, it's better if you can forgive"
Joanne, Year 1

"Before Values, the playground used to be a battleground and the teachers used to hate doing playground duty. They did, they said so! Now it's much better. We sort out our problems and the teachers are more relaxed. They seem to like just talking to us now".
Philip, Year 4

"I used to be in trouble a lot. But values make you think about what you're doing .. Now I hardly get told off at all. And I don't get told of so much at home either."
James, Year 4

"Thank you for starting Values Education, it has changed my life. I used to always be in trouble and never thought about anybody else. Now I know how to heave and I am a much nicer person"
Marcus, Year 4


From My Heart
Neil Hawkes

This is a book that guides readers on how to bring values into their consciousness, thereby improving their well being and that of their family, community and working environment.