Teaching Peer Support for Caring and Co-operation
Talk time, a Six-Step Method for 9-12 Year Olds
- Tina Rae - Tina Rae Well Being Training and Consultancy, Professional and Academic Tutor, University of East London
- Ruth MacConville - Head of Special Educational Needs Service, London Borough of Ealing
Ruth and Tina draw upon their experiences to provide a peer support program that encourages inclusive prosocial processes for young people aged nine to twelve. Drawing upon the philosophy of a Circle of Friends, they have developed a six-step program that harnesses the skills of popular young people to help others who may have low social status.
The Talk Time program builds on the message that relationships are what matter most and emphasizes that relationships happen through listening, talking and understanding others.
The book provides all the resources needed including:
- Facilitators' notes
- Pupil resources
- Letter to parents
- Staff briefing sheet
- Pupil certificate
The program is intended to be run for a group of eight to twelve pupils once a week during lunch times for one term. The aim is to help all group members and hopefully carry over to improve the social climate of the classroom and create a positive and cooperative working environment.