Dr Neil Hawkes

Dr Neil Hawkes
  • Founder
  • Company: Values-based Education

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.