Ark Boulton achieves the VbE Quality Mark

Thursday 10 January 2019

Ark Boulton Academy has recently achieved the VbE Quality Mark (Values-based Education) for underpinning universal positive human values such as respect, integrity, honesty and compassion within the curriculum and academy life.

Our virtues curriculum has enabled us to teach students key life skills for their conduct and character development, alongside the academic curriculum. Thus, enabling our students to develop key personal skills and aptitudes such as communication, leadership, team work, and problem solving that are so sought after by today’s top universities and employers.

"Students are shown as well as taught how to behave with virtuous character. Ark Boulton staff role model virtues in their daily interactions with each other and students alike. Each member of staff practices commitment and discipline in positive engagement within training, research, planning and assessment of virtues as part of the whole school culture and ethos. We are a family here at Ark Boulton." Ms Assi, Director of Virtues.

Ultimately, the VbE has allowed our academy to “become a place where students experience positive values in context. They learn how to apply and talk about values appropriately. They become self-motivated, and their behaviour becomes calm and purposeful. Division reduces, collaboration between student’s increases and values underpin a sense of unity and positive direction. Values work in a dynamic way through developing aspects such as leadership focus, positive role modelling and community values.” (VbE).

"It is an honour to have achieved the Quality Mark for Values Based Education. At Ark Boulton Academy we are committed to ensuring that all of our children have access to a strong academic curriculum so they can go onto university or leave equipped to access a career or apprenticeship of their choice, however this is only part of the work we do. Our character development and virtues curriculum develops within our children a sense of belonging and responsibility to look after their parents, become role models for siblings and younger generations and upskill their communities. 

A strong education must be in service to strengthen society and upskill communities. The Quality Mark further endorses the strong links the academy has with families and the wider community working together to strengthen the city of Birmingham and provide opportunities and hope for future generations. For it takes a whole community to bring up a child." Mrs Channa JP FCCT, Principal. 


What is VbE?

“Values-based Education (VbE) is a successful worldwide transformational movement for positive change. VbE empowers educational settings to underpin their life and curriculum with universal positive human values such as respect, integrity, honesty and compassion.

The outcome of developing such an ethical vocabulary is ethical intelligence, which Dr. Neil Hawkes argues is the most important intelligence for the sustainability of our world.

The ethical vocabulary is the foundation of a new universal narrative through which all human beings, irrespective of culture; religion or ethnicity can communicate, thereby establishing trust and well-being.

The outcome of Values-based Education is self-leadership, which enables each individual to work towards fulfilling their wonderful potential.”

Find out more about the VbE Quality Mark.