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Circles, PSHE and Citizenship

Circles, PSHE and Citizenship
Assessing the Value of Circle Time in Secondary School

152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

While circle time has flourished in primary schools, it has rarely been used by teachers of older students. Marilyn Tew, a recognized practitioner and trainer, has worked to establish the value of circle time at the secondary level. Using a five-year case study, this resource demonstrates how the program is developed involving both staff and students.

Offering a framework that can be followed or adapted by other secondary schools, the program includes:

  • Consultation with students
  • Choosing the topics for study
  • Lesson plans written in the circle format
  • Recommendations for links within the wider school community and other agencies

This resource is an invaluable guide and support for any secondary school interested in implementing a circle time program.

How to use this book

Useful resources for running circles

Section one: The Case for Circle Time
Section two: The theory behind circle time
Section three: Implementing circle time
Section four: Examples of circle scripts
Section five: Games for circle time
Resources and References

'This book is encouraging, easy to read and full of inspirational ideas about how to introduce different topics for discussion. Methods to encourage and develop group dynamics are clearly outlined. For any secondary school considering introducing circle time, this book makes a good case in its favour' - Youth in Mind

Sample Materials & Chapters


Marilyn Tew

.Marilyn Tew is a freelance consultant, trainer and facilitator, specialising in the relevance of group work, emotional literacy and More About Author

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