We have been running Peaceful Schools programmes in Mid Wales primary schools since 2014. We teach basic conflict resolution so that children can learn the skills and strategies they need to handle their own anger, deal with the anger directed at them, cope with their anxieties, and learn to work cooperatively. It is about extending their empathy and starting, most importantly, with themselves.

We begin with self-esteem. On a recent programme we did a role play – children love seeing adults hamming it up – on the effects of compliments and insults. A child came up quietly to me afterwards ...


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