VbE schools develop academic excellence while developing all aspects of the human being
John Goodey talks about the impact of VbE at his school St John Baptist School in Lewisham.
Schools become a place where students experience positive values in context. They learn how to apply and talk about values appropriately. They become self-motivated, and their behaviour becomes calm and purposeful. Division in schools reduces, collaboration between students increases and values underpin a sense of unity and positive direction. Values work in a dynamic way through developing aspects such as leadership focus, positive role modelling and community values.
Values-based Education offers:
A fundamental approach to high quality schooling, influencing and enabling students to develop fully as individuals and creating connectedness to parents and the wider community.
A philosophy of being and living that permeates organizational policy and day-to-day practice and supports students to develop reflective practices and self-responsibility for behaviour and actions.
A practical and transformative tool which enables students to shape their future and gives meaning and purpose to their lives.
The development of an integrated and aspirational community ethos that can help to redress the effects of disadvantage through securing and enabling the agreed values to remain powerful, effective and salient across the organisation.
Mark Warren, Vice Principle of Key Stage 3 at St Marks Academy in Mitcham, talks about why his school chose to work with values, and the impact it has had on the pupils.