Neil Hawkes is the founder of Values-based Education, a movement for cultural transformation.
Neil Hawkes presenting his TedX talk on 28 April 2018
Neil has pioneered a successful new transformational vision of education which is practised around the world. This site contains some information about his ideas, which he hopes will encourage you to be a member of what has been called A Quiet Revolution – a revolution of the heart. Neil hopes you will see the transformational power of thinking in depth about 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 international need to consider what schools are now for and what they should do to create an educated population that is able to ensure the sustainability of our world? A narrow knowledge and skills curriculum is outdated and not fit for purpose. It is sustained by vested interests and a lack of political will to grasp the need to foster wellbeing as much as economic advancement. Neil’s challenging views are gaining support around the world. 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; empowering each student to be the best person that they can be.
The Headteacher at Ark Boulton Academy, in Birmingham, UK said 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