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Neil Hawkes is the founder of Values-based Education, a movement for cultural transformation.


Neil Hawkes presenting his TedX talk on 28 April 2018

He has pioneered a successful new vision of education which is practised around the world. This site contains some of his research, papers and opinions. Neil hopes you will be inspired to see the transformational power of universal positive human values such as respect, compassion, responsibility, justice, happiness and honesty as the foundation for a sustainable world.

Neil believes that there is an urgent need to think about what a quality school should be in the context of the 21st Century. He is respected as a leader who inspires schools to transform their cultures to empower all aspects of learning and create an environment that takes the lid of potential and empowers each student to be the best person that they can be.

The headteacher at Ark Boulton Academy, in the UK said this after the school received VbE's Quality Mark:

It is an honour to have achieve the Quality Mark for Values Based Education. The academy is committed to shifting the conversation, where values / character education is given the same status as educational outcomes in schools. An increase in mental health challenges, a lack of self-worth, resilience and confidence seen amongst young people currently, I strongly believe is partly due to schools not spending time exploring the challenges of the 21st century, setting in context the large amounts of data and images young people now have access to and are not mature enough to process.

Herminder Channa - Headteacher