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Circle Time for Emotional Literacy by Sue Roffey
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'This book provides a wonderfully lucid account of what needs to happen if Circle Time sessions are to promote emotional literacy of children and young people...exceptionally well written...a user-friendly resource...invaluable to any teacher interested in starting or promoting Circle Time...I would strongle recommend it as a school resource. It would also be a useful addition to an EPS Service library.' Meryl Chetwood, Educational Psychologist Emotional literacy has become an important issue in schools, and the ethos behind Circle Time is complementary to the thinking behind this. The Social, Emotional and Behavioural Skills curriculum (SEBS) is being established in schools, and it is recognised as contributing to a positive and successful school environment. Offering many new ideas and activities to try out in Circle Time, this book covers: " why your school needs Circle Time " how you go about starting Circle Time in your school " the underlying philosophy and basic rules " he role of the teacher as facilitator - how you make it work " what to do if language and attention issues are problematic " how to tackle common problems that can occur The activities look at promoting listening and attention skills, self-awareness and self-esteem, class cohesion and empathy, co-operation and friendship skills. Sue Roffey will be running an experiential workshop for primary school teachers, psychologists and support staff in Sheffield on July 3rd, entitled 'Circle Time for Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning'. The workshop is supported by the Sheffield SEAL advisory group, and participants will recieve a copy of Circle Time for Emotional Literacy. For more information, and an application form, e-mail or

Table of Contents

Setting the Scene The Circle Time Framework and Getting Circle Time Going in your Class The Basics Circle Time Activities to Promote Communication Self-awareness and Self-esteem Emotional Knowledge: Understanding and Managing Feelings Feelings of Belonging: Tuning into Others Friendship and Cooperation Challenges and Solutions Useful Resources

Author Biography

Previously a teacher and educational psychologist, Sue Roffey is currently adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney and Honorary Lecturer at University College London. She is a prolific author, international educational consultant and speaker on issues related to pro-social behaviour, belonging, resilience and positive relationships within education. She is the founder and director of Wellbeing Australia ( and now lives between Sydney and London. Sue can be contacted through and
Release date NZ
July 11th, 2006
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Paul Chapman Publishing Ltd
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