Description: Created By Colin Newton and Derek Wilson – with video footage contributed from students, parents and young people. An inclusive approach to meeting emotional and behavioural needs.
This package includes:
- Three field video recordings of real Circles of Friends in action in schools with young people reflecting on their time together and their developing relationships
- Training slides describing the Circle of Friends process
- Photos of ‘graphics’ that have been used in schools and in training to support the creation of circles of friends
Circle of Friends is an approach to enhancing the inclusion, in a mainstream setting, of any young person who is experiencing difficulties in school because of a disability, personal crisis or because of their challenging behaviour towards others. The ‘circle of friends’ approach works by mobilising the young person’s peers to provide support and engage in problem solving with the person in difficulty. ‘Circle of friends’ is not the same as ‘circle time’ but many of the skills and techniques used by teachers in ‘circle time’ can be used to support the ‘circle of friends’ process. Over the past 10 years Colin Newton and Derek Wilson have been encouraging the use of ‘circle of friends’ in a wide variety of primary and secondary schools, often with very successful outcomes, some of which are described in their book ‘Creating Circles of Friends’ (also included in the pack). This is an excellent opportunity to learn from Colin Newton and Derek Wilson the educational psychologists who brought this Department for Children, Schools and Families endorsed approach to the UK Learn how to build teams around challenging pupils by drawing on a resource which is always there… other children.