`For any teacher or school wanting to set up a buddy scheme, or to explore the possibility of doing so, this book contains some useful suggestions, ideas and guidelines. Even if a school did not wish to adopt the buddy system itself, the book contains useful material relating to citizenship and specific problems, like bullying which makes it a potentially useful resource for teachers and schools in general' - Early Education Peer buddy systems have been demonstrated as very successful with older students. Positive effects are recognized for the individuals befriended and also for the whole community. Margaret has used her vast experience with younger children to develop a programme which achieves these outcomes at the stage when they are learning the skills of friendship and co-operation. Using her popular style of differentiating activities and teaching for two age groups, 6-8 and 9-11, Margaret has provided an exciting, innovative and challenging programme which enhances the citizenship curriculum and the atmosphere of the school. Margaret Collins is a former headteacher of an infant and first school. She is now Visiting Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Southampton. She researches children's perceptions of health education topics, writes and co-writes teaching materials for children, books and articles on personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE).

A Successful Buddy
A successful buddy

In this section the activities are designed to help the buddy think through his responsibilities, recognise exactly what he is contracting to do for his pal and how he can keep records to evaluate this




First meeting

Reporting back - a self-evaluation exercise

Buddy handbook


A Manifesto

about me, what I am like

friendly and warm

easy to talk to


positive and encouraging

understanding and sensible

helpful and respectful

reliable and supportive

what I can do

how I could help a buddy

what I am good at

my good qualities

my promise.

In Circle Time, tell the children that they are almost at the end of their training to be a good school buddy. There is just one section to go and that is all about themselves and what they have to offer.

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