Thursday 21 September is 2017 UN Peace Day.
The theme is 'Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All'.
Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace.
We are encouraging all schools in the world to do something special on Peace Day.
Sue Webb has gifted her Peace Assembly to the world to use on that day!
Two pages of ideas for older primary and younger secondary pupils. For use with small groups and whole classrooms. Includes a message of encouragement for all teaching staff!
Hot off the press, new guidance: 'Meditation for Children with Autism or ADHD' by Lorraine Murray of Teach Children Meditation. Lorraine has many years of experience in this field and can testify to the benefits that teaching children with Autism or ADHD to meditate and be mindful can bring them. This guidance is brief and practical. Download it here:
Anna Lubelska’s article about ‘Peaceful Schools’ which was published in Sept 2012 by Routledge in the International Journal of Children’s Spirituality.
Pathways for Peaceful Primary Schools (25 pages A4) by David Holmes
A 'road map' for schools on the journey of peace. Peaceful Schools are very much about being on a journey. To be a Peaceful School is not about achieving an end product, or reaching a set of targets or criteria, it is about being on a wonderful voyage of exploration and discovery of peace in all its glorious forms!
Peaceful Secondary Schools Guidance by Anna Lubelska
Lots of ideas and resource links to help you make your secondary school peaceful on four inter-related levels: individual inner peace, peaceful relationships, a peaceful whole school and spreading peace beyond the school.
School Grounds for Peaceful Learning and Play - this is guidance for schools written by Felicity Robinson to help schools get maximum value from their school grounds/outdoor environments for their pupils’ peaceful learning and play.
Peaceful PSHCE by David Holmes. This guidance is written in response to the new curriculum for primary schools in England and Wales. It is a creative approach to exploring Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE). It is built around accepted good practice and experience and offers an opportunity to enable and empower our children’s personal and social growth within an ethos and culture of personal and collective peace. It has the potential to be used by all primary schools and could form a co-ordinated approach to personal learning, discovery and growth across a range of different settings.
Peace Talks in Schools by Christine Easom. Christine was Head of R.E. at a Specialist Humanities College. She used P4C (Philosophy for Children) as a tool to research 'peaceful schools' in three schools. Christine aims to encourage teachers to use the P4C approach as a way to achieve challenging, meaningful and purposeful dialogue that can lead to real and lasting change within a school.
David Holmes’s invaluable booklet (Sept 2012) ‘Promoting the Spiritual Health and Well-being of Children in Primary Schools’
David Holmes's Booklet on Building a Culture of Participation and Partnership in Primary Schools - developing the school as a community is called 'Our Schools'.
Tackling Stress in Schools by Dr Venetia Young. A practical guidance leaflet written by an enlightened and dedicated GP who goes into schools and who works for an English county's Children's Commissioning Group as theSafeguarding Lead GP. It will help you think about what to do about the stressed teachers and pupils in your school. Dr Young describes solutions-focused therapy, better working together and family tree work (Genograms). This is positive, solutions orientated guidance for both primary and secondary schools.