Learning for Peace Package
Training with staff and children to help enrich Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural [SMSC] development in your school.
Refresh circle time, through a structured, but flexible approach.
What is it?
Training brings alive the theory and practical aspects of our Learning for Peace resource, so staff are better equipped to put it into practice. By the end of the training, your school will have the tools to be able to address SMSC from Reception to Yr 6 through five themes. We work with you to be able to facilitate Peacemaker circles and to understand the purpose and significance of the fun and interactive methods we use to engage pupils spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. The whole package can be delivered over half a term.
Who is involved?
We work with the senior leadership team, all primary teachers and teaching assistants in your school, your SMSC/PSHE lead and pupils.
- A planning day with your SMSC/PSHE lead to help plan regular Peacemaker sessions into your curriculum from Reception to Yr 6. Together we will look at your existing plans and other whole school initiatives so that this work dovetails existing priorities. This includes Rights Respecting Schools, Global Learning, Growth Mindset and Values Education. We believe these initiatives can help each other rather than work against each other.
- A twilight or half day training to kickstart the project with all staff. This will introduce the theory and the approaches and demonstrate effective circle time for all pupils.
- Classroom modelling with pupils. Our trainers will come and run a circle with every class in your school to show how the sessions can be structured and facilitated.
- Classroom mentoring for staff. We will join in a circle with every class, facilitated by the class teacher, and give constructive feedback. We also give opportunities for staff to ask questions and reflect on their practice.
- Final twilight or half day training. This provides an opportunity to reflect on what has happened during the classroom sessions, and to give further training on particular themes of interest to staff [for example understanding conflict].
- A copy of the book
What are the benefits?
- Staff are able to run Peacemaker circles for themselves.
- Staff build relationships with their pupils, and pupils with pupils.
- Pupils learn key life skills and develop their social and emotional learning.
- The whole school can develop an ethos of positive peace which helps build a more peaceful school community, gives a shared language between pupils and staff and meets SMSC obligations.
What people say about the Learning for Peace package
Very useful. Great resources and the focus for the circles really are the skills that children need in order to grow and develop in life.
Very easy to use and follow. Generally low effort but high impact.Teacher
I thought the training was quite thorough and that it allowed for participants to be open and honest about their experience of delivering the Learning for Peace programme.Senior Leader
Loved how it was practical yet didn't feel scared/under pressure.Teaching Assistant
I was a little worried that the training wouldn't be useful for everyone in school - I was wrong! It was great and especially useful for lunchtime staff too.Senior Leader
Children were able to articulate what had not worked well during the exercise and one child even made a positive suggestion for how to make this activity work better. In this way we were able to show that making mistakes is an important aspect of learning.Teacher
Loved it! This is what we should be teaching children...It’s about making them better people.HLTA
All of it will be incredibly useful. I wish we had done then when I started as an NQT.Teacher
Well worth it - we need to make time for this type of work in schools if we want the best for our children.Deputy Headteacher
Enlightening - I've learnt lots about positive peaceDeputy Headteacher
Develops resilience, improves emotional health and well being. Develops children's ability to deal with own emotions/issues.SENCO
Weekly sessions to help build class relationships through circle time.
Pupils develop social and communication skills, emotional literacy and techniques for responding to conflict.
- 1 trainer per class
- Whole year group
- 1 or 2 hours per week
- 6 - 10 weeks
- Bursaries often available
What is it?
According to research, social and emotional skills are key to children's development and to achieving life goals. Peacemaker courses can bring enhanced focus to a school’s PSHE and SMSC work. The course explores feelings and behaviours, builds social relationships and equips children with skills for life.
We work with any year group, and most often are asked to work with Years 4 and/or 5. One trainer works with a class for either an hour or an afternoon a week. Our trainers are highly experienced and will develop a programme according to the needs of the class, drawing on tried and tested techniques and approaches. Courses can be between 6 and 10 weeks long depending on your needs.
Who is involved?
The aim of the course is to help build and maintain relationships with everyone in the class so the whole class is involved. This includes any adults who are usually in the classroom, and all children.
- Weekly circle time sessions facilitated with the whole class.
- Sessions planned using our Peacemaker Curriculum. Themes may include, cooperation skills, emotional literacy, understanding conflict, conflict resolution, exploring anger.
- Session plans and resources shared with staff.
- Debriefing meetings following each session to reflect on pupil and staff learning.
What are the benefits?
- Vocabulary and strategies are developed between staff and pupils to be able to talk about and reflect on behaviour in school. Allows the class to be able to explore what is happening when things go well, and when things go wrong.
- Children learn new vocabulary and visual ways of expressing their needs and are reassured when staff share the language and tools.
- Children learn to work outside of friendship groups.
- Staff have space to better understand the needs of their pupils and classroom dynamics.
- Staff develop skills and knowledge which can be included in their practice moving forward and can be shared with the whole school.
- The whole school benefits by investing time in developing healthy, more peaceful classrooms, which can lead to better outcomes for children, and greater sense of work satisfaction for staff.
What people say about the Peacemakers Course
Peacemakers is about…getting to know people! I really liked the games because you get next to the people you don’t usually play withYr 3 Pupil
I can sustain feelings of calm for longer and am using the vocabulary that has been introduced. I have been more conscious of allowing the children time to feel and think and giving them space to talk in the day. They need it.Y4 Teacher
They [the pupils] are using the techniques they have learnt in peacemakers to resolve conflicts by themselves. They continue to ask for the ‘blame game card’ - I believe this is because it’s a visual tool they can use.Yr 3 Teacher
Click here for a teacher’s reflections on how the Peacemakers course impacted two children in her class:
Today there was an incident and to see that he actually didn’t get cross, didn’t have a strop but got on with his work was fantastic.
We don’t get statements like ‘Sam can’t do that’ any more. He is actively participating both in and out of the circle. He is not sitting back.
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Peer Mediation Training
Support and training to build a peer mediation service in your school.
Children are trained as mediators to help resolve conflicts on the playground.
- 24 children
- 1 trainer
- Support packs for pupils and staff
- 3 days training
- Bursaries often available
What is it?
Peer mediators are young people [usually Yr 5/6] who are trained to mediate disputes on the playground. A school mediation service is run by volunteer pupils, supported by a volunteer member of staff. Our training and supporting materials, can help you set up a service in your school or refresh an existing scheme. Peacemakers is a member of the national Peer Mediation Network, and we adhere to their best practice guidelines.
Who is involved?
The core training takes place with 24 children selected using a voting or application process, and a member of staff who will lead the mediation team and support them once we leave. Lunchtime Supervisors are invited to join in part of the training. A successful peer mediation scheme ultimately involves the whole school. We see the best outcomes when senior leaders, teaching staff, support staff, lunchtime supervisors, children, parents and governors actively support and encourage the mediation team.
- Support pack for the school to help prepare pupils and staff for mediation.
- Planning meeting to talk through the process and what is involved.
- Training for 24 pupils over 3 full days [this may be reduced to 2 days in schools where pupils have had skills-based sessions in conflict resolution, for example, following a Peacemakers course].
- Peer Mediation Coordinator included in the whole training [more are welcome].
- Lunchtime supervisors invited to part in the training [usually an hour].
- Staff briefing [45 minutes] to introduce the service to the wider staff team.
- Certificates for all trained mediators.
- Follow up session plans for the Coordinator to support the mediation team once we leave.
What are the benefits?
- Staff spend less time responding to incidents during and after lunch.
- Staff have a greater understanding of students’ experiences and relationships.
- Improved student behaviour and opportunities for classroom dialogue.
- Children develop confidence, social and communication skills.
- Children experience support from a team.
- Children develop skills for life.
- Children experience the satisfaction of helping their peers.
- Children have an opportunity to resolve conflicts without involving adults.
- Children have the chance to have their point of view heard and understood.
- Children get the chance to find a solution that works for them.
- There is a more peaceful school environment.
- Schools consistently report that mediation appreciably reduces the amount of staff-time responding to student conflicts, while the mediators themselves enjoy the responsibility.
The video shows a teacher talking about the impact of mediation in her school...
What people say about Peer Mediation
I feel a lot of the children have grown in confidence throughout the session and have gained skills that will serve them not only in their lives at our school, but throughout their lives in the future.Year 5 Teacher
It helped me open up my feelings.Year 5 Pupil
This has taught me to be more assertive and way more confident than I am.Year 5 Pupil
The training will help me be a mediator because if I didn't do the training I wouldn't know what to do, or what to say. It was really fun and I learnt new stuff everyday.Year 5 Pupil
I was happy to see Jackie again and finally bring something for the school.Year 5 Pupil
Our Mediation Training
We are members of the Peer Mediation Network and adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.
In 2017 we were proud to announce that a school we work with in Nuneaton won the Lighting the Fire, Peer Mediation Award!
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Next Steps - Working with Peacemakers
This is a typical pathway a school might take...
A school gets in touch*
You might want to set up a new peer mediation service, refresh circle time in your school, or maybe need some support with a tricky class.
We have a meeting
We'll come in to school and find out more about you, your school and what you are looking for. We will leave you with some ideas for your next steps, based on what you have told us. It might be something bespoke to meet your needs and your budget.
Training & costs agreed
Costs will be agreed. We will let you know if we have any bursaries on offer and send you an application form. Once the work has been approved at your end and ours, we will send you a mandate to sign and allocate a trainer to you.
A quality training experience
Dynamic, experiential training course takes place for pupils and/or staff. All training takes place in a circle.
Cross school learning
Depending on the training you book with us, there may be staff training, or a briefing to ensure the whole school benefits from the experience.
Planning and evaluation shared with school
The course will be evaluated by all those involved including the trainer, staff and pupils.
- This pathway refers to schools in the West Midlands. We can sometimes offer training outside the West Midlands, subject to availability. Please contact us to find out more.
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