Understanding values and their place in the curriculum and the learning environment of schools has been at the heart of our work since our foundation. Our Learning Through Values project is at the forefront of actively translating the latest academic understanding around values (what they are and how they work) into educational processes, content and pedagogy.
Learning Through Values formed the basis of an acclaimed national pilot project in England around values in 2012-13. As well as continuing to support schools in England, Learning Through Values has also become the foundation of a number of school improvement projects in Shanghai, China with Lifeworlds practitioners supporting values pedagogy from early years through to secondary phases.
Values in English schools
Schools now have a duty to promote fundamental 'British' values within the Ofsted inspected SMSC framework. This has created heightened interest in values and in the related (though distinct) field of character education. Many new inititiatives are available to schools, but Learning Through Values remains independent of these 'taught' programmes and instead develops an active and participatory engagement with values throughout the culture of the school and its existing learning.
This process-rich approach exceeds the duty placed on schools around values and has been carefully designed to fully realise the transformational power and impact of values for learning and school improvement.
Learning Through Values has attracted considerable academic interest and has been featured in several publications. Most recently we have teamed up with Northumbria University to make Learning Through Values available as an accredited module for a Masters degree or as a standalone PG Cert or PG Diploma.
Learning Through Values can offered in a number of formats for schools. A 'values taster' session can be offered as a twilight or as part of an INSET day and provides an overview and samples of the approach and its impact on learning. A more in depth values journey can be taken by whole school teams or clusters through a range of multi-session models and in-depth residential options.
We also offer ocassional Learning Through Values community courses whereby you can join participants from other settings to share in a professional learning journey over a number of sessions with 'in-situ' work in between sessions helping you to ground the learning into your practice.
For an informal discussion as to which learning route may be best suited for you and your school/cluster please contact us and our lead practitioner, Rob Bowden, will be pleased to advise you as to the different options.
Learning Through Values
"Just wanted to say thank you very much for the [Learning Through Values] training - staff have all expressed how much they enjoyed it and how many ideas you have sparked off. We will certainly consider more training from you at some point in the future and recommending you to other schools."
Anne Westoby, Chasetown Community School (September 2017)
Lifeworlds' Rob Bowden was asked by the Global Learning Programme-England to write a reflection on the introduction of Fundamental British Values in English schools. The edited version of the paper (amended by Pearson who co-ordinate GLP-England) can be found here.
"Rob Bowden, from Lifeworlds Learning talked about values in general. He stimulated a degree of contemplation and shared some incredible resources. In fact, I was really inspired and would love to collaborate with Rob on a project in the near future."
Emma Espley, Teacher Consultant and Primary Geography Champion, Geographical Association (see blog for full article)