Young people have to cope with stress yet often are given little or no practical help, nor are they taught coping strategies. Using the popular technique of Circle Time, this book provides a range of exercises to promote relaxation, inner confidence and a positive sense of self through the use of visualisation. These strategies are already established in other walks of life, such as sport, and will build on emotional literacy work as part of the PSHE curriculum. The exercises are also accompanied by questions, discussion prompts and worksheets. This book will be useful for all adults who want to provide young people aged 8 upwards with the tools to assist emotional development.
The use of Circle Time has grown rapidly since the early 1990s, especially in primary schools. It should be seen as part of a whole-school provision to promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. As early as 1993, Robinson wrote:
Schools should be aware that Circle Time can provide a forum for discussion of important issues: relationships, equal rights, friendship, freedom and justice, and is therefore an essential part of the National Curriculum. In the National Curriculum Council's discussion paper on Spiritual and Moral Development (1993) they state: ‘It has to do with relationships with other people … it has to do with the universal search for individual identity, with our response to challenging experiences … It is to do with the search for meaning ...