The Peacemakers Course consists of one hour weekly workshops providing children and young people with the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills including listening, cooperation and empathy.
These weekly workshops give you and your class the opportunity to build relationships through talk, play, drama and active listening. Based on the needs of the children or young people, we will build a course that develops much needed social and emotional skills. We build the learning objectives from discussions with you about where your pupils are and what their needs are.
The sessions are run in a circle, usually with everyone sat on chairs.
- Weekly facilitated sessions exploring how to make and keep friendships, comfortable and uncomfortable feelings and behaviours, and what to do when when things go wrong.
- Session plans shared with teaching staff.
- Evaluation report.
Establishing a team of Friendship Buddies on the school playground can give pupils a valuable role that develops their emotional literacy by helping younger children who are isolated or needing help.
The three mornings’ training includes:
- Helping children and the lead member of staff build a tool kit of games
- Support children with strategies including how to approach a child who seems lonely or left out
- Affirmation of the children in their role
- Helping children to understand the boundaries of their role through simple safeguarding measures
During the sessions, the facilitator will mix a variety of simple games, interspersed with the more demanding aspects of what the children needed to practise using both small group work and whole circle work.
- Training for 12 pupils and lead staff member for friendship buddies.
- 45 minute briefing for either lunchtime supervisors or full staff team.
- Evaluation report
What are the benefits?
- Staff spend less time responding to friendship incidents during and after lunch
- Staff have a greater understanding of students’ experiences and relationships
- Pupils develop confidence and social skills
- Pupils develop stronger communication skills
- Pupils experiences support from a team
- Pupils develop skills for life
- Pupils have an opportunity to take some responsibility
- Pupils have chance to find a solution that works for them
- Pupils experience the satisfaction of helping their peers
- There is a more peaceful school environment
- A well-supported friendship buddy scheme helps to build a more inclusive, more peaceful environment for young people.
What do people say about the Friendship Buddies package?
I have gained some great ideas of topics to be taught and differing methods to enable successful teaching of topics.SEN Teacher
The outcomes have been truly impressive and we want to continue with the good work.Development Manager, SEN School.
Their understanding of the issues discussed were being used on a daily basis.SEN Teacher
The children have improved vastly with both their listening skills and participation in the activities. They have been challenged by some of the themes of work we have completed and this has led to major discussions within the class.Teacher
The sessions have been fantastic.SEN Teacher