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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 ...

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