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Creating Circles of Friends Around Isolated Children

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Creating Circles of Friends Around Isolated Children

  • Programme Overview
Topic
Inclusion
Delivery Model Face to Face sessions
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material (if applicable).
  • Refreshments and lunch
Cost
  • AED 1100 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school.
  • If you would like bespoke in-school training, please contact Rebecca (rebecca@infinitelearning.ae) for more information.
Deadline booking date:

Wednesday 26th October

 
Date of Training Wednesday 7th December 2022
Time (UAE) 8:30am to 3:30pm
Venue Dubai – to be confirmed

Please note:  If COVID restrictions are introduced, this course will become an online training session.

Target audience

PRIMARY and SECONDARY teachers, Heads and Deputies, SENCOs, Learning Support and Guidance Staff, Advanced Skills Teachers, Parents, Local Authority Support Services, Community Development Workers, Early Years and School-based Practitioners.

Aims of the course

  • To be able to understand the values and wider context of inclusion 
  • To be able to set up and run a ‘circle of friends’ to reduce likelihood of a pupil being excluded or segregated 
  • To understand and be able to maximise the power of the peer group in supporting relationships, achievement and behaviour 
 

Intended outcomes

  • To be able to understand the values and wider context of inclusion 

  • To be able to set up and run a ‘circle of friends’ to reduce likelihood of a pupil being excluded or segregated 

  • To understand and be able to maximise the power of the peer group in supporting relationships, achievement and behaviour 

Colin Newton

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Colin Newton was Principal Educational Psychologist of City of Nottingham LEA from 1998 – 2001, where he contributed to the consultation on and successful development of an inclusive education policy across the LEA. In 1999 Colin and Derek collaborated in the writing of Circles of Friends reflecting some 5 years of training and development work to bring this approach to the UK. In 2001 he co-founded Inclusive Solutions with Derek Wilson to promote the mainstream inclusion of all children and adults across the UK whatever their difference, impairment or challenge. Inclusive Solutions provides accessible, interactive training on all aspects of inclusive practice, in inclusion settings and beyond. Colin’s career has been values driven, but also practical using applied psychology in training and real-life problem solving with schools, families and individual children and young people.

Programme details:

Circle of Friends is an approach to enhancing the inclusion, in a mainstream setting, of any child or young person who is experiencing difficulties in school because of 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. 

 

Day One
08:30 Registration and refreshments
08:45 Introduction and training session
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 Training session
12:30 Lunch Break
1:30 Training session
15:30 Finish

 

Circle of Friends is an approach to enhancing the inclusion, in a mainstream setting, of any child or young person who is experiencing difficulties in school because of 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 12 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 these are described in their books ‘Circles of Friends’, (Folens, 1999) and ‘Creating Circles of Friends’ (Inclusive Solutions, 2005).

Learn how to build teams around challenging pupils by drawing on a resource which is always there… other children. Enjoy participating in a multi-media workshop that will challenge, entertain and reach for your emotions. Circles of support are for us all, for life… and they work!

 

About Inclusion Solution

‘Inclusive Solutions’ are a team of psychologists and associates who specialise in mainstream inclusion for disabled and challenging children and adults. Making available cutting-edge practical strategies and ideas for developing effective inclusion in local mainstream schools and communities, Inclusive Solutions use ideas that have been developed internationally and adapt them to the UK context. They work with anyone who wants to bring about the real systems changes that are necessary to move towards a truly inclusive society.

Since being founded in 2001 by Colin Newton and Derek Wilson, Inclusive Solutions have been providing accessible, interactive training on all aspects of inclusive practice in education settings and beyond. Over time they have made links with a range of disabled and non-disabled associate trainers, within the UK and beyond.

 

د.إ1100
Trainer:
Colin Newton
Duration:
1 day
Sessions:
1
Language:
English