EDUCATION IN HUMAN VALUES is a series of lesson plans based on five universal core values, which transcend religious and cultural differences.
EXPERTS consider and Ofsted inspectors have commented that teaching is most effective and learning is most successful when the growth of the whole child – social, emotional, moral, spiritual and intellectual, is the pedagogical target.
EHV is an innovative, fully-resourced, values-themed, holistic programme giving teachers - and others involved in the coaching, mentoring and counselling of young children - a well structured, proven methodology and adaptable SMSC/PSHE/personal development lesson plans that help to drive improvement, boosting pupils’ performance and the wellbeing of the whole school community, including pupils’ parents and carers.
The EHV pack consists of a set of three books (A4-size): a Teaching Manual and two volumes containing 44 Lesson Plans covering 2 to 3 years’ work expanding on the principal core values of Truth, Love, Peace, Right Conduct and Non-Violence. The inclusive Lesson Plans are comprehensive and universal and each one includes a story and a song. Where music access proves difficult, a CD containing 30 of the songs is available to support the lessons.
The learning units cover many spiritual and moral values - with an abundance of material for bringing the fundamental British values to life.
Based on five core values, which children easily remember on one hand, and incorporating over 70 other ‘related’ values, the modules are entirely practical, with the concepts being taught through a range of techniques. These techniques include:
The experiential learning builds children’s confidence and self-esteem, with the personal qualities, mindsets and essential life skills developed helping to tackle some of society’s problems, such as crime, racism, drug abuse and violence. The social and emotional skills acquired over time help children thrive and find ways in which they can live harmoniously and effectively with others.
The EHV programme has the greatest positive impact when the whole school participates – children and all the adults, whatever their role in the school community. As more and more educationists are recognising, the core building materials for human wellbeing (such as purpose, positive emotions, engagement, trust, health and quality relationships) are critical not only to young people’s accomplishments but those of teachers too - and ultimately, the future of communities, countries and humanity.
To help staff understand how other teachers apply the EDUCATION IN HUMAN VALUES programme for primary schools, the Human Values Foundation has produced an Introductory DVD, which can be viewed online or ordered online. There is also a Training DVD, which can also be ordered online.
See also this video showing comments by teachers, parents, governors and children at Waltham St Lawrence Primary School, which was upgraded from Good to Outstanding following use of EHV for 3 years. Growing numbers of schools using EHV are finding its effects are positively impacting their Ofsted assessments.
Systematic values work not only helps young citizens-in-the-making, because of improvements in their social and emotional skills, thinking processes, decision making, behaviour patterns and achievements but also parents and carers, who also gradually become better able to understand the empowering effects of values and consequently develop more informed, supportive relationships with their children and their schools. To promote the engagement of parents and caregivers, there is a Home Learning Units booklet, which can be ordered online.
Students are constantly watching how the adults in their school behave, so as role models, we recommend that all teaching and non-teaching staff take the opportunity to do a FREE Personal Values Assessment.
Teachers who live their values and vision tend to be good stewards of their own gifts and use them well to inspire children so they in turn learn how to nurture all their own passions, interests and potential.