Below is an extract from the conclusion of my Oxford University research into the potential impact of values education in schools.
Impact of values education include:
- helping to develop a positive school ethos that is more harmonious because of the direct correlation between values education and behaviour;
- creating a calm and purposeful environment where everyone feels valued;
- enabling staff to feel valued in a culture of care and support;
- enabling pupils to understand themselves, through an awareness of their inner selves, so that they grow to be self-disciplined, having the ability to observe and determine their own positive behaviour;
- creating personal and school harmony by introducing an ethical vocabulary, through the explicit and regular consideration of values words (such as peace, co-operation, care and respect), which is learned by hearing, reading, reflecting on, writing about, discussing and practising;
- fostering a school ethos that emphasises quality holistic education, with an emphasis on high personal moral and academic standards;
- supporting the development of high quality relationship between all who work in the school;
- helping pupils to be in touch with their inner world of thoughts, feelings and emotions;
- encouraging pupils to develop their positive dispositions and to choose their attitudes;
- promoting self-knowledge and thinking skills (of adults and pupils) through reflective silent sitting in assemblies and lesson time;
- encouraging the skill of active listening;
- developing emotional intelligence: by talking about and understanding their feelings, pupils learn to express themselves more clearly, to control their behaviour and empathise with others;
- having the positive support of parents and the community.