Values-based Education

Core Values

At West Wycombe Combined School we use our Core Values to guide our behaviour.

 Our Core Values are: 


    We do our best and aim high (ambition)

    We respect each other (respect)

    We are honest (honesty)

    We are kind to everyone & ourselves (kindness)

    We are positive and look for the best in each other (positivity)

    We are happy (happiness)

What is Values-based Education? 

Values-based Education is an approach to teaching that works with values. It creates a strong learning environment that enhances academic achievement, and develops students' social and relationship skills that last throughout their lives.

The positive learning environment is achieved through the positive values modelled by staff throughout the school. It quickly liberates teachers and students from the stress of confrontational relationships, which frees up substantial teaching and learning time.

It also provides social capacity to children, equipping them with social and relationship skills, intelligence and attitudes to succeed at school and throughout their lives.  To find out more about Values-based Education, please click on this link.

What Values Are

Values are principles that drive behaviour. They influence our actions and attitudes, and become our framework for living. They influence our relationship with ourselves and others. 

Values are learned through a combination of practice and instruction. Students learn what values are, how to recognise them, and how people react to them, equipping them with invaluable social skills and emotional intelligence. 

What Values Are Not

Values education is not additional curriculum. It is not something teachers have to bolt on to an already full agenda. It is an approach that makes teaching the very full agenda easier.

It is not a quick fix solution. Many people perceive values to be liberal and soft. In reality, they are exactly the opposite. They provide a clear awareness of acceptable behaviour, against which staff and students choices of behaviour are evaluated. Values help reduce the options for inappropriate behaviour.

Teaching "British Values"

The government and OFSTED have introduced "Four British Values" that all schools are required to teach. They are:

  •   Mutual Respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs
  •   Democracy
  •   Rule of Law
  •   Individual Liberty