The group is a place where Quakers with an interest in education, can share approaches, learning, insight and inspiration. QVine is a Quaker Recognised Body developed from a concern of Cumberland Area Meeting.
QVinE seeks to:
Quakers believe that the spirit of God is at work in every human being and this belief holds true for our work in education. Our faith commitment to truth, peace, simplicity and equality guides our thinking and our action.
This is why we are committed to working towards schools where people matter, where they thrive through relationships and where the beauty of the whole person can be affirmed. We believe people flourish best in an all-embracing culture of encouragement, nurture and compassion for teachers, children and young people. The purpose of education is the pursuit of learning, knowledge and questioning in the service of realising our full human potential in an ever-changing world. Its fruits include: discernment, creativity, cooperation, spirituality, moral autonomy and peace. The outcome of this approach will be a fair, diverse, just and good society.
We recognise obstacles to achieving this aspiration within the current English education system, but we also have a vision for their transformation:
We commit ourselves, and encourage other Friends, to work to transform these obstacles in accordance with our testimonies.
Agreed at a threshing conference, "Quaker Values in Education"
held at Woodbrooke, 29 - 31 August 2014