Geoff Smith has been pioneering a Virtues program for his primary school, Kehelland Village School, in Cornwall. It has been adopted by the Jubilee Centre into a program of Character Education, which is being trialled in schools. It is available below.
A beautiful slideshow from Living Values International helping students to recognise a number of values in practice, in themselves and in others. It includes values such as respect, compassion and simplicity.
The government and OFSTED have introduced "Four British Values" that all schools are required to teach. They are:
Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs
Rule of Law
Eardisley CE Primary School has created a tool that helps schools to set out their values statement, gather evidence and identify impact. To download the tool, click here
Dr Neil Hawkes has issued some guidance to schools on how to integrate the teaching of British Values within the wider context of values.
Human Values Foundation (HVF)
Resources provided by the Human Values Foundation:
Kindness Lesson plans for 4-11 year olds (1.9MB, uploaded 19/05/15)
Anti-Bullying Module for 12-14+ year olds (1.9MB, uploaded 19/05/15)
More .. Information and links about HVF and its programs
If I Can..
An online app that delivers a new value every day during the school year. Its purpose is to stimulate thought and discussion: Inspired by the poem If, it includes an If I can statement/image, a quote from various sources and an open-ended question to encourage reflection on the application of the value to my life. In the charity's Resources there is a down-loadable Schools Version, access to the If I can You Tube values channel and some value based stories. There is no charge for the resources. The current version is more suited to secondary schools. A primary school version is being developed.
Resources provided by Don Rowe, and the Citizenship Foundation This is a guide that explains a methodology to take a morally rich story, and analyse it in three different ways to develop moral reasoning skills. Included in the guide is a story about Mr Shah. It explores the morality of taking something that is not yours. It provides guidance on appropriate and effective ways to discuss the moral issues; to take a wider philosophical perspective; and to develop empathy, by creating within the class a sense of trust, belonging and developing stronger relationships.
To download the teachers' guide, click here (Format: .docx, Size: 2.3MB). To see the video of a class using the methodology, click below:
Values Resources developed by VbE Schools
Togetherness and Caring
Living Values in the Netherlands has shared with us two documents on Togetherness, and Caring/Unity, which they made available for World Values Day 2016
The Brookfield School in Herefordshire is an Ofsted Outstanding specialist school for pupils in Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 (ages 7-16), all of whom have a Statement of Special Educational Need. We are grateful to Oremi Evans, Headteacher, for sharing the following idea with us:
The Brookfield School has a School Values Book. When someone sees, hears or witnesses a child carrying out a values-based act, or sharing a values-based thought, this is recorded in the School Values Book. At assembly on Friday, all the comments are read out by the headteacher and the individuals are celebrated and congratulated for their good actions. It is a beautifully simple and remarkably effective way to promote values-based thinking and behaviour across the school. Everyone looks forward to this event and it leaves the whole school smiling.
Values Feathers/Golden Tickets
Cranfield CE Academy have shared a couple of ideas with us.
Like most schools, we encourage participation with and consideration of values at home with the use of our 'Values Feathers', available below. Parents download these and complete them and the values shown are celebrated in our Friday assemblies. The feathers are then used on our 'Clive the Crane' in the hall.
Another thing which has had positive impact on harmonious play are our Golden Tickets. Awarded to pupils by the Midday Supervisors, for any value shown, they support the midday team particularly well in embedding values in their own practice and understanding. These tickets are put into a golden box, from which five are selected each Friday in our celebration assembly. The children enjoy the surprise element of these. At the end of the week the tickets are put into the children's home school links.
A selection of resources from Trumacar Primary, including posters, displays and a program for assemblies which is integrates with PSHEE and SEAL Resources (pdf file, 1.8Mb, uploaded: 26/11/15)
Values Opportunities for Pupils
A letter to parents of pupils at Trumacar Primary explaining an initiative to provide pupils with an opportunity to showcase their values activities. Parent's letter (doc file, 16Kb, uploaded: 16/11/15)
Staff Assessment of VbE
A simple form for staff to complete to assess the impact of VbE, created by Stepping Stones (Short Stay) School. Staff Views form (docx file, 21Kb, uploaded: 28/10/15)
Values in PE
Two year 9 PE lesson plans from Whalley Range 11-18 High School incorporating Values objectives within PE lessons. This Girl can SoW (doc file, 63Kb, uploaded: 08/10/15) Be the Best You Can (docx file, 39Kb, uploaded: 08/10/15)
A structured outline of Harvills Hawthorn Primary School's two year values cycle. Values Cycle (docx file, 21Kb, uploaded: 06/05/15)
A clever and intriguing 2 minute video, commended by Ian Gilbert, to encourage students to consider and discuss how their values can help to inform what their priorities in life should be. Choosing Priorities in Life
Ideas from Loddon Primary
Download a series of ideas to create an environment that raises awareness of Values. Created at Loddon Primary School VbE Ideas (format: pdf, 440KB, uploaded : 27/05/15
A booklet for early year pupils to help them choose the values they want in their perfect class. (Created by Kirsten Brigg, Fetcham Village Infants' School, Surrey). Hedgehog's Recipe for the Perfect Class (pdf file, 1.28Mb, uploaded: 10/07/14)
Some poems written by students at Coleby CE Primary School