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'Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile' - Bertrand Russell .. and teachers, parents and carers worry that the decisions that children and young people make might be unwise or dangerous. Decision making is a skill involving both a cognitive and an affective process. The ability to: " recognize the thoughts and feelings; " consider the consequences; " choose the best outcome; is a highly valued facility leading to resilience, achievement and responsibility. The skill can be taught and in these three volumes the authors provide all the materials needed to teach a course on decision making at each age level. The programme provides a menu of stories related to the real life experiences of the young people. Topics are selected to be age appropriate and the series includes: " Stealing; " Lying; " Social behaviours; " Risks; " Justice; " Loss,Grief and Bereavement; " Prejudice; " First love; " Disability; " Leaving home; " Family relationships. The teacher notes indicate 'stopping points' where reflection and discussion is encouraged. A choice of endings is offered or the young people can develop their own ideas about what might happen next. The course can be introduced at any age or used to develop the skills through school life from early years to the teens.

Structure of the Programme
Structure of the programme

There are nine themes, each with two stories. The first story is more appropriate for younger children and the second for older children. You may wish to use both stories and activities or to choose the one most appropriate for the age and stage of the children in your class.

The Structure of Each Theme

Each section is structured as follows:


The main focus points are highlighted prior to a brief summary of the story. These can be used to inform you or as part of an introduction for the children in the group. You may wish to record the focus points on the board before the start of the session.

The Story and Flag Points

As you read the story to the ...

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