Our training is suitable for all staff members within educational settings, including head teachers, teachers, NQTs, teaching assistants, learning mentors, lunchtime supervisors and more. We can sometimes adapt training for twilight sessions.
Have a look at our ‘off the shelf’ courses below or please get in touch to chat through designing something bespoke for your setting.
Adults as Role Models
For any educational setting
This half or full day training explores the powerful impact an adult has on a child’s life. Working in a circle and guided by our trainer, your staff will explore the impact of unconscious actions such as body language, tone of voice and choice of language, on school and classroom dynamics.
Staff will leave the session equipped with the skills needed to help set positive expectations and build a positive culture within your school. The course is suitable for all adults working with children and young people including support staff and lunchtime supervisors.
Adults as Role Models provides participants with the opportunity to:
- examine strategies for refreshing practice
- identify negative behaviour
- share professional experience in a safe forum
- reflect on one’s own practice
I learnt a lot about how my reactions can affect others and how to deal with conflicts by using different methods.Teacher
The training was good. I learnt a lot of new things – it was made fun and being able to see through the eyes of a child is always a good learning point! Also very serious as looking after children is a serious job to do!Lunchtime Supervisor
A good environment, private and able to express our feelings.Lunchtime Supervisor
Making Circle Time Work for You and Your Class
For primary schools
This half or full day INSET introduces classroom staff in primary schools to the dynamic, interactive and fun way Peacemakers does circle time. We take you through the setting up of a circle, key games and activities designed to foster social and emotional development, and ways to process the learning to make it practical, purposeful and meaningful.
This course has been so useful, I feel that I can go away and plan exciting effective Circle Times and help others to do the same.Teacher
A most valuable course in terms of understanding the importance and values of Circle Time and how it impacts on the social and emotional development of all children.Teacher
Very balanced - opportunities to be fully involved in practical sessions and appropriate time for professional reflection and collaborative dialogue.Teacher
It put me in the child's place and made me think how they must be feeling.Teacher
Absolutely brilliant day! Engaging, informative and fun.Teacher
For a comprehensive whole school approach to embedding Peacemaker circles across the school, see our Learning for Peace training package.Go to Learning for Peace training
Exploring Sensitive Issues
For primary and secondary schools
This half or full day session helps adults to feel more confident about discussing difficult, sensitive or controversial issues that can arise in educational settings. This is an interactive workshop which incorporates opportunities for sharing and discussion as well as providing ideas and resources to take into the classroom. It will help adults feel more confident about approaching sensitive issues with children and young people.
We like to design this workshop to meet your needs. Key areas could include:
- Identification and highlighting of low-level and unconscious racism in language and imagery in schools
- Challenging gender stereotypes
- Acknowledging and affirming difference
- Creating a positive culture of trust and community within the school
- Exploring issues relating to gender, sexuality, race and bereavement/loss
- Exploring feelings/emotional literacy through the medium of stories and drama
Made me feel more able to tackle issues.Teacher
Really good to have the opportunity to discuss with peers and other professionals.Teacher
A good mix of participation and listening.Teacher
Very useful and thought-provoking morning. Thank you.Teacher
A very good, useful and sensitively run session - thanks.Teacher
For any educational setting
This half or full day INSET supports staff to begin thinking about conflict, how conflict escalates and to explore practical approaches to the resolving of conflict. Staff teams will develop a shared language and understanding around conflict and how to transform it positively.
Staff engaging as a unit - really important.Teacher
Excellent. Refreshing as always!Teacher
Informative and very useful, as always! Thank you.Teacher
Always good to do activities which help with team building.Teacher
Delivered brilliantly! Enjoyable.Teacher
Responding to Conflict in the News
For primary and secondary schools
This half or full day training will raise discussion about conflict around the world and how we can support children and young people to respond. We explore ways to develop critical thinking, setting up spaces for dialogue and discussion and how to inspire positive action.
Really enjoyed the course and the way it was presentedTeacher
Talking about what works for you was useful. Sometimes it’s hard to tell other members of staff that there are different strategies they could use. It helped for all of us to be aware of these strategies.Teacher
Restorative Approaches in Schools
For primary and secondary schools
A restorative approach offers schools an alternative way of addressing discipline and behavioural issues and offers a consistent framework for responding to these issues. The aim of this approach is to build a strong, mutually respectful, safe, inclusive and peaceful school community. All restorative training is delivered by Anna, a Restorative Justice Council Accredited trainer, who will help you to build a package to suit the needs of your school.
Half or full day INSET. This introductory training will introduce people to the concept of a restorative approach.
3 day practitioner training. This course provides intensive, interactive facilitator training, focusing on an understanding of restorative ethos and the practice of sound restorative practitioner skills. This course is for people in school who may be looking to facilitate restorative practices such as formal conferences, corridor and playground chats and class circles. The course is very inclusive. It is suitable for people who make strategic decisions, those who teach, and those who look after lunchtimes. Participant numbers are limited to 12 so as to ensure a quality trainer-participant ratio. The package includes three days training, a resource pack, a follow-up visit and certificates of attendance.
I felt engaged throughout and it felt purposeful. I could see the need for the training.Teacher
Very informative, made me consider my current practiceTeacher
I feel this would be beneficial for our school to take forward. It would be extremely helpful to have further training and to work the material into whole school policies and procedureTeacher
I will be whole-heartedly implementing ideas in my Y6 classroomTeacher
I feel 100% more prepared to deal with conflict in school. Anna is excellent. She makes it engaging, interactive, thought provoking.Teacher
Love the training. Ranks among the best!Teacher & Therapeutic Play Practitioner
I found it useful to know how to investigate an incident and what kind of questions to ask.Teacher
Go with an open mind and embrace it and the possibilitiesTeacher
It was structured but with flexibility and delivered in a very human way.Educational Pyschologist
It has broadened my outlook. Interesting to come at things from a different perspective.Teacher
See our Restorative Work page for more information about restorative approaches in schoolGo to Restorative Work
See our Events page for upcoming restorative courses being held in Birmingham.Go to Events page
Skills for Life
For Secondary Schools
We can help refresh your tutor times or PSHE . We offer training for staff to be able to facilitate our Skills for Life course with young people. The course takes staff through the approaches and methods we use to help young people develop the skills to build, maintain and repair relationships with their peers. We also explore the dynamics between young people and adults and how we can build healthier working relationships with each other. We can offer this training to staff across a cluster or academy chain. A basic introductory course is half a day. To fully embed the work in your school we would recommend 3 days training over a term.
Recognising pupil’s conflict styles, and helping them to cope with conflict in an appropriate way, is what I will take from this.Teacher
I found it useful thinking about the language I use with pupils to help avoid or deal with conflicts.Teacher
Skills for Life for Pupils
Visit our Secondary Schools page to see further details of this course.Skills for Life
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.
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.
Please find time to do circles as it will inspire your relationships and behaviour within the class.Teacher, Birmingham, 2019
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
Definitely give it a go - it's great!Primary Teacher, Birmingham 2019
Enlightening - I've learnt lots about positive peaceDeputy Headteacher
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
Very easy to use and follow. Generally low effort but high impact.Teacher
Develops resilience, improves emotional health and well being. Develops children's ability to deal with own emotions/issues.SENCO
Loved how it was practical yet didn't feel scared/under pressure.Teaching Assistant
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
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.
All of it will be incredibly useful. I wish we had done then when I started as an NQT.Teacher
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
Loved it! This is what we should be teaching children...It’s about making them better people.HLTA
Book this training
Interested in this package? Visit our Costs and Bookings page.Costs and Bookings
See our Whole School Projects page for details of how you can embed restorative approaches in your school.