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Veena Davidson 
Secretary

Living Values Association (British Isles) 2

Contact: Lynn Henshall

ALIVE Associate
uk@livingvalues.net

Tel: 08458-337047

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Current Status – 2016
Values in the Classroom in Oxfordshire

The Living Values Association for the British Isles held a conference from 18 to 20 October 2015 on the subject of Values in the classroom in Oxfordshire. They reported: “We had workshops on the values of peace and responsibility, and two main speakers, Alison Clark and Neil Balliston.

Alison recently completed a doctoral study of a values-based school, focusing on how teachers engaged with and implemented the school’s expressed values. A classroom teacher for 27 years and in higher education for 6 years, Alison’s experience with values and ethos began in earnest in the 1990s at Bartholomew School in Oxfordshire, where the teachers brought values to the forefront of the teacher and pupil experience, creating new relationships and ways of working together. Also drawing on her recent role in training primary and secondary school teachers, Alison reflected on how a focus on values provides purpose and meaning for what it is to be a teacher. Alison currently supports schools with their values journey, offering training on global learning, and is a school governor.

As head teacher of a values-based school, Neil placed a huge emphasis on children and staff developing an ethical vocabulary that encouraged team work and mutual respect. He now develops and supports many schools across England in their pursuit to become values based. He also works for Create Development and delivers training for schools in real PE and supports the development of PE Leaders and staff.”

Lynn Henshall

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2015
Values in the Classroom in Oxfordshire

The Living Values Association for the British Isles held a conference from 18 to 20 October 2015 on the subject of Values in the classroom in Oxfordshire. They reported: “We had workshops on the values of peace and responsibility, and two main speakers, Alison Clark and Neil Balliston.

Alison recently completed a doctoral study of a values-based school, focusing on how teachers engaged with and implemented the school’s expressed values. A classroom teacher for 27 years and in higher education for 6 years, Alison’s experience with values and ethos began in earnest in the 1990s at Bartholomew School in Oxfordshire, where the teachers brought values to the forefront of the teacher and pupil experience, creating new relationships and ways of working together. Also drawing on her recent role in training primary and secondary school teachers, Alison reflected on how a focus on values provides purpose and meaning for what it is to be a teacher. Alison currently supports schools with their values journey, offering training on global learning, and is a school governor.

As head teacher of a values-based school, Neil placed a huge emphasis on children and staff developing an ethical vocabulary that encouraged team work and mutual respect. He now develops and supports many schools across England in their pursuit to become values based. He also works for Create Development and delivers training for schools in real PE and supports the development of PE Leaders and staff.”

Lynn Henshall

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2014
United Kingdom: Mindfulness in Oxfordshire
The Living Values Association for the British Isles held a conference from 18 to 20 October 2013 on the subject of Mindfulness in Oxfordshire. They reported: “We had workshops on the values of responsibility and happiness, and two main speakers, Stevi Ross and Pete Dunmall. Stevi is a Psyche Educator, Mindfulness Integrated CBT Therapist and Breathworks trainer who has delivered mindfulness training programs for over 15 years in the UK, New Zealand and Europe. She showed us how learning to live mindfully improves many areas of life, including health and well-being, work and relationships, and expands our potential to live totally, truthfully, passionately.

Pete has been a teacher, deputy head teacher and head teacher, and also worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, focusing on raising children’s academic achievement and developing teachers’ pedagogy. Head of a large Inner London primary school, Pete looked more deeply into reasons for children’s under achievement. Finding the values-based education philosophy, he supported and implemented this approach in school. Visitors observe how the values ethos works successfully in a diverse, multi-cultural community, which is being further developed through reflective practices and mindfulness with the Hawn Foundation.”
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2013
United Kingdom: Mindfulness in Oxfordshire
18 to 20 October 2013 – Oxfordshire
The Living Values Association for the British Isles held a conference from 18 to 20 October 2013 on the subject of Mindfulness in Oxfordshire. They reported: “We had workshops on the values of responsibility and happiness, and two main speakers, Stevi Ross and Pete Dunmall. Stevi is a Psyche Educator, Mindfulness Integrated CBT Therapist and Breathworks trainer who has delivered mindfulness training programs for over 15 years in the UK, New Zealand and Europe. She showed us how learning to live mindfully improves many areas of life, including health and well-being, work and relationships, and expands our potential to live totally, truthfully, passionately.

Pete has been a teacher, deputy head teacher and head teacher, and also worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, focusing on raising children’s academic achievement and developing teachers’ pedagogy. Head of a large Inner London primary school, Pete looked more deeply into reasons for children’s under achievement. Finding the values-based education philosophy, he supported and implemented this approach in school. Visitors observe how the values ethos works successfully in a diverse, multi-cultural community, which is being further developed through reflective practices and mindfulness with the Hawn Foundation.”

United Kingdom: Silence in the Classroom is Vital

“Silence in the classroom can improve children's behaviour and exam results,” reported the Daily Express, September 23, 2012, quoting an academic. The Daily Express continued: “Teachers and heads across the UK who have introduced silence techniques, such as meditation, mindfulness, pausing, silent reading, silent moments and quiet spaces, have seen results improve.

Dr. Helen Lees, a former teacher and now research fellow at Stirling University's School of Education, cites the work of actors Richard Gere and Goldie Hawn, whose Hawn Foundation in America is championing the use of so-called of 'strong silence' to get results.

Dr. Lees, who has investigated the technique for a new book, Silence in Schools, said, "This is not 'hippy nonsense'."
These techniques may turn people's understanding of what education ought to be on its head. It is a fascinating new educational area which can create school improvements at no cost.”

As most of you may know, LVE has been creating silence spaces in the classroom since 1997 with peaceful quiet signals for relaxing and focusing and mindful exercises to help students fill themselves with peace, respect and love. LVE calls these “Quietly Being Exercises” for the three to seven year-old group and “Relaxation/Focusing Exercises” for the older set. While all these exercises are in the Living Values Activities books, the ones for young children are recorded with music and downloadable from the LVE international website. As one four-year old child in a LVE classroom asked his teacher once, “Miss, is it time to be quiet yet?”

United Kingdom:  Values-Based Education Workshop
23 May 2013 – Cardiff, Wales

On 23 May 2013, there will be an Educators’ Workshop in . This course provides an understanding of the importance of including values-based education in schools and other settings.  For more information, please click here.

If you wish to book or want further information, please contact us: shelagh@livingvalues.net or Nicola at nsmtc@live.co.uk.

United Kingdom: Values-Based Education Train-the-Trainer
26 and 27 June 2013 – Cardiff, Wales

This two-day course offers the opportunity for trainers to explore ways of supporting and training colleagues in values education and of supporting the development of values education in their areas. This course builds on the areas covered in the Educators’ Workshop. For more information, please click here.

If you wish to book or want further information, please contact us: shelagh@livingvalues.net or Nicola at nsmtc@live.co.uk.

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2012
United Kingdom Conference Values Education for Life and Learning
29 October 2012 Birmingham

The purpose of this conference is two-fold; the first is to provide clarification about what we might mean by the terms ‘values education’ and ‘values in education’ together with the impact that such values can have on the improvement of school life, the quality of learning and the development of young people as civilised human beings. The second purpose will be to provide practical and applicable examples of how such ideas can be introduced into the school ethos, the curriculum, extracurricular activities and character-building

Following the morning presentations, the afternoon workshops will offer a variety of approaches to values education across the whole age-range and institutional settings, providing opportunities for discussion, reflection and the sharing of experiences.

Venue: The Arden Hotel, Bicken hill, Birmingham

To book, contact David Rowse or Patrick Darcy at 0121 525 0222, or go to www.vefl.org.uk

FLYER

LVE International Film on YouTube

The following link will give you access to15 minutes of the LVE International film. It features educators and students engaged in LVE in five countries: Brazil, India, Kenya, Mauritius and the United Kingdom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhuUhYUU4eI

TESMAGAZINE

Shelagh Moore, the Vice-president of ALIVE and a resident of England, sent in this TESMAGAZINE article. She noted, “I met Gill at an LVE Train-the-Trainer seminar at Oxford. She got into LVE from Neil's old school at West Kidlington Primary School, Oxfordshire, and is a great example of how values can be taken forward. Let's hope they win the TES award.”

mag_feature.pdf

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2011
GREAT BRITAIN – Values Activities Strengthen the Family Unit,
bringing home and school closer
LVE Vice President, Shelagh Moore, writes, “I met Gill at an LVE TTT at Oxford. She got into LVE through the West Kidlington Primary School in Oxford, of which Neil Hawkes, a former ALIVE Director, was Headmaster. This is a great example of how values can be taken forward.” The link below features Tesmagazine’s 15 April edition on strengthening the family unit.

http://www.behaviourstop.co.uk/Resources/mag_feature.pdf
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July 2010
Living Values Education has been active in the British Isles since the inception of Living Values, which has been presented at numerous conferences and meetings, and to many heads, deputies, teachers and parents, both inside and outside the British Isles.

What we do

We have working groups, hold weekend seminars and residential training. We train teachers, and those involved with young people, in the use of values in their work.

We go into schools and work with them to develop a values-based school. Values-based schools tend to thrive pastorally; teaching, learning and behaviour improves, where previously there have been difficulties.

Living Values activity books are being used in homes, foster homes, parenting groups, childcare centres, nurseries, primary and secondary schools, colleges, training colleges, universities, education departments, outdoor education centres, young offenders institutions, prisons and by management, health and social workers. There has also been interest from parenting groups and those working with the early years or with young adults – leading to one-day events where parents practise values with their children.

Our training

Weekend residential seminars are held each November, to support parents, teachers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals working with young people. They provide an opportunity to further personal growth and professional development. The topics are of current interest in the field of education.

Our newsletters help to remind people about the training they have received.

The November 2009 seminar was Leading the self and inspiring others - a values-based approach. Tim Small introduced us to circles of trust and the work of Parker Palmer, Neil Hawkes gave us various values ideas for the classroom and Bridget Knight described how it feels to be a values-based leader, drawing on her experiences in the classroom as a primary school headteacher.

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Results of under 7s values activity

Other topics investigated over the years have been:-

2008 Learning and leadership
2007 Emotional well-being
2006 Understanding behaviour
2005 Parenting matters
2004 Values 4 all
2003 Citizenship through values
2002 Building positive behaviour
2001 Reflections
2000 Making a difference (Music, Art and Drama)
1999 Raising self-esteem
1998 SMSC made easy! (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education)

 


Learning and leadership - tolerance

Our next residential seminar is from the evening of 15 October to after lunch on 17 October 2010 near Oxford. The title is Exploring the inner curriculum – ways of living our values and it will include aspects such as:

  1. What is going on in my inner curriculum?
  2. What values and skills do I need for a simple, creative, happy life?
  3. What values and skills do I need to deal with loss, rejection and failure?
  4. How can I help young people to develop these values and skills?
There will be workshops on the value of simplicity. We will also hear about the Family Values Club and other practical experiences of values education. Contact britishisles@livingvalues.net for further information.

International activities

Values Education is a world-wide story. Educators and providers of education have decided to use a values-based approach as it fits in with their ethical, cultural, religious beliefs and has a universal appeal. The training is culturally unbiased and has been developed to allow communities to move forward positively with their lives. From street children to those in private schools, values education allows all to develop living values that become part of their lives and their outlook. The world is a better place where values are developed, respected and upheld.

International Train-the-Trainer workshops for educators from over 50 countries, together with members of LVEP's sponsoring/supporting organisations (UNESCO, UNICEF and the Brahma Kumaris) have been held near Oxford.

Train-the-Trainers (Europe) in July 2008 trained educators from 10 countries (Ghana, Kuwait, Macedonia, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Oman, Senegal, Switzerland, Thailand and the UK) at the Global Retreat Centre. They were from a variety of backgrounds, including arts, children and family support, government, hospital, school, social services and university. Each day included sessions on parenting skills, creative visualisation and values activities, where peer practice gave every participant the opportunity to conduct an activity.


Train-the-Trainers 2008

There are now over 500 locations in the British Isles, where Living Values books are available as a resource. More than 300 educators have attended a Train-the-Trainers course.

Number of Sites using Living Values: an Education Programme
Total number of sites

As many educators are now getting the books from the publisher and from bookstores, all we can say is that there are over 500 sites that have the Living Values activity books.

“We train teachers to identify the values they hold dear and help them to work out ways of introducing them to their children. Our sessions are very interactive and participation leaves the delegates, relaxed and smiling!”


Clehonger Primary School

Impact

a. In schools.

A special educational needs teacher in a secondary school, who has just started to use Living Values, says, “I have started to use LVEP in my projects and individual work with the students I teach. I am noticing a more loving, supportive, calmer climate amongst the students. They appreciate discussions about love, honesty, respect etc. and it helps them to focus on their core beings rather than the false selves they get caught up in whilst being dragged along by the tides of negativity in a school environment e.g. fighting, arguing, shouting, swearing etc. These values are imperative to the holistic growth of a child and I hope to co-ordinate them throughout the school once I have had experience of using them first hand with the students. Thank you.”

A teacher at a primary school noted that there had been no miscreants standing outside the head teacher's office when a Living Values team spent 4 days demonstrating values activities in the school!

A head teacher states, "Ofsted noted that because we work on values education, our academic standards were obviously higher."

b. In prisons.

Living Values activities and creative visualisation are also being used in prisons to benefit drug rehabilitation groups and young offenders, men and women. It is helping them to deal with oppressive aspects of prison life, such as bullying, to regain their self-respect and to strengthen their values in preparation for their release.

c. In the community.

“I worked with 18 ladies in a predominantly Islamic community, age range 18 to 50, using LVEP values and art based activities. The content was Confidence building & Understanding your communitywith Day 1 - Peace, Day 2 - Respect. Participants were so empowered that they have gone on to apply for further courses. For some, the 'Confirmation of Attendance' certificate was the first educational recognition they had ever received.”

“Although I haven't been using LVEP overtly this year, one thing I have noticed is that, since I've been using LVEP principles in my own life, students' response is warmer and their achievement is good - they are able to find inspiration in class. Students who came to my Interior Design class considered themselves to be inartistic, but they’re all going on to take creative subjects like watercolour painting next year. So.........”

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