Learning for Peace Package
- 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 for every year group.
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
Develops resilience, improves emotional health and well being. Develops children's ability to deal with own emotions/issues.SENCO
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
The children can build relationships and transfer skills to their other lessons.Teacher
The comments on the magic carpet are so important and make you happy.Teacher
Very easy to use and follow. Generally low effort but high impact.Teacher
Loved how it was practical yet didn't feel scared/under pressure.Teaching Assistant
Kids who you think couldn’t put a cup in a cupboard are able to set up the circle in the blink of an eye.Teacher
Definitely give it a go - it's great!Primary Teacher, Birmingham 2019
Please find time to do circles as it will inspire your relationships and behaviour within the class.Teacher, Birmingham, 2019
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
It’s nice to see them having fun and relaxing (especially higher up the school, like y6).Teacher
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.
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
Eight, weekly sessions to help children learn peacebuilding skills through circle time.
Pupils develop social and communication skills, emotional literacy and techniques for responding to conflict.
What people say about the Peacemaker Courses
The Peacemaker approach is distinctive. The language that is used is different. The focus is on using the outdoors to help children develop socially and emotionally, rather than using the outside for English and Maths. This is important too, but Peacemakers is different.
It has helped me prepare for secondary school by being confident and being more social with others because if you socialise quickly you will build many friends.Y6 pupil
Please find time to do circles as it will inspire your relationships and behaviour within the class.Teacher, Birmingham, 2019
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
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
What I liked about circle time is that we got to talk and be with natureY4 pupil
It’s refreshed my skills, informed my practice, given me confidence, equipped my children with social and emotional skills and reminded me why I love teaching.Y4 teacher
Working with new people in mixed groups was really hard but it was good to try it. I did become friends with them in the end.Y4 pupil
It gave them time and it re-skilled them. It was refreshing for them. We do use our outdoor space but this was new and different.Y4 teacher
Peacemakers builds my confidence and makes me a happier personY4 pupil
I worked with people I don’t speak to much or have much in common and I learnt to trust people who I don’t normally speak to. When we are falling out we can calm down and get things back to being better;Y4 pupil
For my quieter children, it gave them time to speak. Using the koosh ball gave them a voice. It was really beneficial for the boys. I hadn’t seen that side of them before – their ability to reflect and think about their emotions, but not in a forced way. It gave them time to express themselves.Y4 teacher
Covid has meant they haven’t used the community room so that was a new space, and they have been sitting in rows until recently. We haven’t had regular circles. They are just not used to other ways of working and they seem much younger. They coped well after the first lockdown but really struggled after the second. The breadth of communication and language in these sessions has helped with incidents. It was a good way to start up circles again.Y3 teacher
Every lesson we do a calming, peaceful activity, called the labyrinth. At the end you can express your thoughts and feelings to everyone.Y4 pupil
I learnt how to calm myself down quicker; listening; feeling the other person and what they are going to do; nature can be beautiful.Y4 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
The outdoor course has impacted my practice 100%. I work with my TA. She is very experienced and has been at the school a long time. We did a lot of follow up in class, in circles and I have been doing some of the games – I loved them! The ones I didn’t think would respond to reflection time surprised me. They spoke about their anxieties. I think it has changed the relationship I have with my TA and informed our practice. When the children express their thoughts and feelings, I see the TA writing down what they are saying and we will discuss it afterwards. It’s giving them life skills that I don’t feel fully equipped with myself. We are developing together.Y4 teacher
I was very nervous (about secondary school) but I am not as nervous anymore.Y6 pupil
As I’m not a talkative person, it built up my courage and made me feel stronger.Y6 pupil
Click here for a teacher’s reflections on how the Becoming Peacebuilders 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.
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.
- Support pack for the school to help prepare pupils and staff for mediation. Click the button below to download.
- 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 been involved in a Building Peacebuilders course at school].
- Peer Mediation Coordinator included in the whole training [more are welcome].
- Lunchtime supervisors invited to part of the training [usually an hour].
- Optional staff briefing to introduce the service to the wider staff team.
- Certificates for 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 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.
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
This has taught me to be more assertive and way more confident than I am.Year 5 Pupil
It helped me open up my feelings.Year 5 Pupil
I was happy to see Jackie again and finally bring something for the school.Year 5 Pupil
It's helped me be myself more and realise that I'm more than who I thought I was.Yr 6 mediator
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
Peer Mediation Plus Training
Peer Mediation Plus (PM+) trains the school staff as well as the pupils.
What's included?PM+ is a package of support for Peer Mediation which takes the work more deeply into the fabric of the school and is designed to maximise the chance of the scheme being sustainable in the longer term. PM+ seeks to address this need from the outset by offering a comprehensive package of support that includes:
- A pupil workshop for the year group from which mediators will be selected. This allows those pupils to fully understand what peer mediation is and what they are volunteering for.
- 3 days of peer mediation training for up to 24 pupils.
- Training for Lunchtime supervisors [2 hours].
- Resources to support the Peer Mediation lead.
- Invitation to join a network of PM leads led by Peacemakers
If you’re interested in PM+ please contact the office to discuss costs/timings.
What are the long-term outcomes?
- Relationships [ie pupil-pupil, staff-staff, staff-pupils, staff-parents] are strengthened in school leading to improved levels of trust and confidence in each other. Relationship between Peacemakers and school is established so we can start the journey towards being a peaceful school.
- Skills - Children develop the skills of mediation and can apply them at school and in their lives. Staff develop a deeper understanding of non-punitive ways of managing conflict, and peace. A shared language is developed between pupils and adults.
- School culture - mediation is reflected in the school’s wider vision with an emphasis on relationships and the modelling of positive behaviour strategies by adults in school.
- Transfer of skills - children who use the mediation service to talk through their conflicts, acquire the language and attitudes modelled by the mediators and this impacts on the wider school community.
- Sustainability - mediation is valued as a key element of a thriving school, with necessary investments made to sustain the project beyond a change in school leadership and beyond our initial funded interventions.
Junior Peacemaker Workshops
What people say about Junior Peacemaker Workshops
Supported children to respect and value our world, discover other aspects of nature in an inner city suburb and enhance our community spirit.Y5 teacher
I loved how they [the children] can overcome difficulties to achieve a positive outcome – by reflection, working together and challenging themselves.Y5 teacher
It provided opportunities for children's voice and their perspectives which will be fed back to SLT. They thought about others and their feelings. The children loved the outdoor learning.Y4 teacher
I put a daisy in my peace potion to represent friendship, the petals represent the friends and the stamen in the middle represents the bond that holds them together.Y4 pupil
The children enjoyed the labyrinths, the hug a tree game, the circle time, the QI sticks and making potions. They want to share with others how they can make a difference and they want to raise money for a local charity,Y5 teacher
Junior Peacemakers Workshop guide
This resource is available to help you run one of our workshops yourself.Click here to download the resource
Junior Peacemaker Events
We sometimes offer Junior Peacemaker workshops at venues around the West Midlands. These events enable you to bring a small group of children together with children from other schools. This group are supported to become a team of Junior Peacemakers and take their learning back to school. Keep an eye on our events pages to see if we have one on offer.Events