“I have run 2 Circles with my class since our training session. Let’s just say wow! There has already been a subtle change in how the students speak with each other. The first two circles were about ‘identifying strengths’ and ‘consideration’. I overheard a child speaking with another child in my class. She said “I don’t think you are being very considerate. You can be kinder”. At this point a massive smile grew on my face.
Also my team-teacher heard one of our students on the playground say “I am going to be considerate and see why XXX is sitting alone”. My team-teacher is so impressed that we have regularly set a 30 min session for circles once a week and we are going to try and increase it to 2 by next term.
I can’t wait to see the impact this is going to have on our students.
Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge. It was one of the best courses I have done.”

Introduction to Circle Solutions:

Upcoming Courses: (click on links for booking)
Braintree, Essex, UK, 7 February 2018
  • Circle Solutions is not just a program: it is a pedagogy to develop social/emotional skills and a positive class ethos
  • Circle Solutions builds resilience and mental health
  • Circle Solutions enables all voices to be heard so maximises inclusion and participation
  • Circle Solutions promotes empathy, reduces bullying and fosters belonging
  • Circle  Solutions focuses on both the reflective and the fun in learning.

This full day workshop (9.30am – 3.30pm) will equip participants with all they need to begin and sustain Circles successfully with a class or youth group. We will:

  • introduce the philosophy and principles underpinning Circles
  • give participants the opportunity to experience a range of Circle activities and learn how to run a Circle Solutions session
  • outline recent research on maximising the effectiveness of Circle Solutions
  • report on what teachers and students say about the differences it makes
  • give opportunities to ask questions and explore issues
  • provide information on resources
  • “Inspiring both in terms of ideas and as a philosophy of learning and living”
  • “This has provided practical ideas that I feel confident about introducing to my class”
  • “Practical solutions to serious problems and things I can do immediately”
  • “I found every practical element and every circle activity fun and educational”
The Australian Professional Teaching Standards addressed by the course are: 3.5.2, 4.1.2, 4.2.3, 4.3.2 and 6.2.2.

Circle Solutions Train the Trainer

This two-day program is available to anyone who has taken an Introduction to Circle Solutions **. It will enable participants to introduce, support and sustain Circle Solutions in schools, including facilitating staff training. There is often an Introduction course on the day before the Trainer course for those who want to combine both.
Upcoming Courses: (click on links for booking)
Braintree, Essex, UK, 8 & 9 February 2018

Some quotes from the post-course Evaluation forms:

  • “I am able to return to school and train staff not only in how to run a CS session, but also have the conversation with them as to why we need to do it.” 
  • “Best PD I’ve ever attended. Welcoming, extremely informative and practical.Something I can use right away and am excited about!” 
  • “It has opened my eyes to a new framework for my social and emotional teachings in my classroom. It is clear to me that my children’s voices are not being heard + this gives me a vehicle to do this.” 
  • “The materials are a complete package that gives me just enough to pull off presenting the intro day but not too much so to overwhelm / confuse.”

The program will cover:

  • A whole school approach to developing positive relationships, resilience and connectedness
  • Being an agent of school change
  • The rationale for Circle Solutions and the value to schools
  • Recent research on what makes Circle Solutions effective
  • Planning and running a staff training day
  • Liaison with parents
  • Dealing with challenges from staff and students
  • Supporting the sustainability of Circle Solutions

Each participant will receive:

CSSW

  • Copy of PowerPoint (copyrighted) for training school staff
  • Supporting articles and materials
  • Certificate indicating the participant is an accredited Circle Solutions trainer.
  • Email support from Sue Roffey or another Growing Great Schools staff member
  • a copy of Circle Solutions for Student Wellbeing (Australian courses only)
Please note that the course is designed for trainers to train within their own school and to embed Circle Solutions as a tool for wellbeing. Any further schools that are trained by accredited trainers must register as a CS school for a small fee. Trainers are asked to sign a copyright license that includes these conditions
There is minimum of four participants for the course to run and a maximum of ten.
UK Course fees: £450 per person: £750 for two people from the same school or service

** Prerequisite Introductory 1 day Training undertaken with one of the following:

  • Sue Roffey, Bill Hansberry or through Growing Great Schools.
  • an Accredited Circle Time Solutions Trainer (ie someone who has completed this Trainer course)

There is a list of Accredited Trainers on this site.

Some quotes from the post-course Evaluation forms:

“Best PD I’ve ever attended. Welcoming, extremely informative and practical.Something I can use right away and am excited about!” {Nov 2010, Melbourne}

“It has opened my eyes to a new framework for my social and emotional teachings in my classroom. It is clear to me that my children’s voices are not being heard + this gives me a vehicle to do this.” {Oct 2010, Brisbane}

“I am able to return to school and train staff not only in how to run a CS session, but also have the conversation with them as to why we need to do it.” {Dec 2012, Sydney}

“The materials are a complete package that gives me just enough to pull off presenting the intro day but not too much so to overwhelm / confuse.”

BOSTES/NSW INSTITUTE OF TEACHERS endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence. The Train the Trainer course counts for 16 hours of Registered Professional Development for Accredited Teachers. Outside of NSW, courses are not endorsed by the state College or Institute of Teaching, and teachers are themselves responsible for indicating how the PD relates to the standards. The Australian Professional Teaching Standards addressed by the course are: 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 4.1.2, 4.3.2 and 6.3.2.