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The Inner Curriculum


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Neil is respected throughout the world as an educational leader, thinker and social commentator. Neil's successful career as an educator in the UK started by learning his craft as a teacher, which he loved. Neil is always proud to describe himself as a teacher. Three headships, and senior educational leadership positions in county education authorities followed. Whilst he was a county chief adviser for education, he decided to return to a school headship in Oxfordshire to implement his transformational ideas, which promote wellbeing, resilience and self-leadership. Neil spent seven years as Headteacher of West Kidlington School where the school gained an international reputation for its transformational curriculum. It was here that the school community worked together to devise and implement a system of education based on learning about and living a community inspired set of values. Hence what is now known as Values-based Education (VbE) was born, which is recognised internationally as the foundation of outstanding educational practice. Neil is well known as an inspirational speaker, broadcaster and writer. His previous book, From My Heart, transforming lives through values, is a celebration of the success of his work worldwide. Neil is married to Jane. Jane is an experienced and highly respected psychotherapist. For many years Jane worked as an innovative trainer and guidance counsellor, supporting disaffected young people. Jane actively supports the theoretical and practical development of Values-based Education (VbE) worldwide and is one of its key thinkers and presenters. In recent years she has studied the Internal Family System (IFS) of psychotherapy in the UK and USA. Her particular academic and professional interests are focused on supporting both adults and children to understand their inner world of thoughts, sensations, emotions and behaviours. She believes that as we compassionately open our hearts and minds to our internal world, it releases our sense of Self, which is essential when establishing a peaceful, loving world.


'Neil Hawkes' Values-based Education (VbE) has been highly successful in helping schools in England and worldwide become more compassionate, character-building places. With this new book, he and his wife Jane are expanding their reach by offering a practical guide to the inner changes needed to support VbE. I believe this work has the power to transform education in the direction needed to address the massive problems our planet is facing by helping children become not only more self-aware, but also committed to positive change.' Richard C. Schwartz, Ph.D, Developer of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy, Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University Medical School 'This charismatic book shows how every teacher can contribute to a better world, where the desire to love outweighs the instinct to fear and dislike.' Lord Richard Layard'This book contains the formula for changing the world. There is no doubt in my mind that values-based education is the key to creating a compassionate, peaceful future for humanity.' Richard Barrett, Director of the Academy for the Advancement of Human Values'Neil and Jane Hawkes work in values-based education has influenced education all over the world. I can testify to the effects it had on Australian education during the time of the Australian Values Education Program (2003-2010), a federally-funded innovation in values-based learning and teaching. Their work on the Inner Curriculum continues their important work in demonstrating that the choices before us are not in the form of 'wellbeing versus results' but rather 'results through wellbeing'. Increasingly, neuroscience is providing insights that conform to the Hawkes thesis that the learning brain is most active and engaged when our emotions, thoughts and feelings are in alignment, and when values of empathy, altruism, generosity and justice are instilled and determining the nature of the learning environment.' Terry Lovat, Emeritus Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia; Honorary Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK'Neil and Jane Hawkes have already transformed education with their Values-based Education approach to nurturing effective inter-personal relationships. This book introduces the world to a new generation of VbE, the Inner Curriculum. It is a whole new approach to education that empowers schools to address some of the challenges to our children's mental dispositions laid by modern society. This is a book that every teacher in the world should read, because it will help them transform their teaching from simple conveying of information into developing the capability of every one of their students to realise their full potential. Exciting stuff!' Nigel Cohen, Strategic Director of VbE and CEO of the Inclusivity Trust

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