Silverwood School is proud to be a Values Based Education (VBE) School. We place our shared values at the heart of everything we do. Our values are principles that guide all our actions, decisions and relationships. At Silverwood School, we have chosen cooperation, courage, honesty, perseverance, respect and kindness as our 6 shared values. VBE goes beyond learning what our values mean; it encompasses living and experiencing our values every day.
All our values are important all of the time and we focus on one each term. Together we grow our collective understanding of our values. Our values are a shared and inclusive vocabulary for ethically based living. We use many different activities to help pupils understand and live our values. VBE is for everyone in our school community and begins with our adults role modelling our values.
VBE Schools have a positive impact on the world by influencing our current community, and by sending messages to the future through our children and young people. We belong to a growing community of VBE schools. VBE was founded by Dr Neil Hawkes and is an international organisation that schools choose to belong to. We have been recognised for the quality of our values based work and we are an official advocate for VBE. We attend VBE meetings and training, and invite other schools to visit us to see our work.
Dr Hawkes’ research shows that schools who follow a values-based approach have students that take greater responsibility for their learning and behaviour. He also found a positive impact on quality of work, respect for staff and emotional maturity.