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Adult Training

Using our many years experience in educational and youth settings, and drawing on the skills and expertise of our trainers, we offer training programmes to assist adult staff, parents and carers to use a wide range of conflict resolution skills and techniques. Our experience tells us how important it is for adults to model the language and behaviour they expect young people to learn.

All our training programmes are designed not only to enable adults to become familiar with conflict resolution approaches, but also to share activities, games and content that can be used with young people.  An overview of the adult learning programme from which we design our workshops is illustrated below. Please email us admin@cresst.org.uk to discuss further bespoke training for your organisation and we will post training dates throughout the year.

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CRESST’s training is on the Global Learning Programme CPD calendar. This means that if your school is registered with the Global Learning Programme you can use your GLP credits to offset the cost of any of our courses. Your school can register with the Global Learning Programme here to access free activities and support, though hurry as the programme will close soon!

Training dates for 2017/2018

Youth Resolving Conflict – how to establish a student-led mediation and conflict coaching scheme in secondary schools

This day will run on:

Friday 3rd November 2017;  Friday 26th January 2018;  Weds 6th June 2018

Book your place here  For more information about the course, please see below.

Young Peacemakers Programme – a whole school approach to conflict resolution for primary schools

This day will run on

Friday 20th October 2017;  Tuesday 30th January 2018; Thursday 17th May 2018

Book your place here For more information about the course, please see below.

Detail about all CRESST training days:

For primary school staff:

Young Peacemakers Project – a whole school apporach to conflict resolution in primary schools

Growing numbers of schools in and around Sheffield are actively promoting conflict resolution education, developing pupils’ skills in responding constructively to conflict, and setting up peer mediation schemes to give their pupils a key role in resolving disputes.

This training is aimed at staff in schools considering establishing peer mediation schemes or wanting to champion positive ways of responding to conflict. It is also relevant to schools where the programme is running but existing staff would welcome refresher training, schools where new staff now carry the responsibility, and schools who want to revitalise a lapsed programme. The Young Peacemakers programme is for KS2, but benefits KS1.

The workshop will take participants through the elements of a whole school approach to conflict resolution, the mechanics of setting up a peer mediation scheme and the primary training materials for the 10-hour peer mediation training, lessons in conflict resolution education, and staff training.

Benefits:

  • Staff report reductions in lost learning time needed after break times to help settle children back into learning.
  • Volunteer pupil mediators enjoy the opportunity to contribute to making a difference and feel the scheme helps equip them for moving on to secondary school.
  • Many pupils report feeling that school is a calm, safe environment
  • Schools say the scheme helps develop a positive school ethos, contributes to SMSC and Ofsted requirements including British Values and enables older pupils to become role models for younger pupils.

Participants will be provided with a comprehensive pack of information, lesson plans and resources to implement the ideas and deliver the training in school.

When:

Friday 20th October 2017;  Tuesday 30th January 2018; Thursday 17th May 2018    Please telephone Carolyn at the CRESST office for more information. 0114 241 2745.

9:00am – 3:30pm

Cost:      £100 for the day including refreshments and training pack

20% reduction for two staff booking from same school

This course is now registered with the Global Learning Programme. Register your school on the GLP website to receive funding for up to 5 members of staff to attend for free. One staff member registers in order to give the school access to the funding for this and other courses, as well as lots of useful resources.

Where: CRESST, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield S1 4SE; 0114 2412745

Book your place here

Using Restorative Approaches in primary schools

Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

Book your place here

Circle time for primary schools

Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

Conflict Resolution Education and Restorative Approaches for Governors

Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

Conflict Resolution Skills for Parents

Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

For secondary school staff:

Youth Resolving Conflict – how to establish a student-led mediation and conflict coaching scheme in school

A one-day workshop for secondary school staff interested in using mediation or establishing a student-led mediation scheme.
You will learn core conflict resolution skills and CRESST’s tried and tested mediation process, as well as the elements of a whole school approach to conflict resolution and the mechanics of setting up a student-led peer mediation scheme. All the necessary up-to-date resources for taking the scheme forward are provided for you to take back to your school.
You will leave with:

• Confidence in using and teaching a mediation process and some practical skills for resolving conflict and empowering students with good communication skills and improved self-confidence.

• Evidence of the positive impact of this and similar schemes on personal development, behaviour and welfare of pupils, and also on teaching and learning outcomes.

• Secondary training materials including session plans for the 10-hour conflict coaching and student mediation training, introduction to conflict resolution lesson plans and staff training sessions.

• In-depth understanding of how to implement a thriving student mediation and conflict coaching scheme in your school

• Resources and strategies for getting the whole school including staff, parents and governors on board

When: 9am – 3:30pm on Friday 3rd November;  Friday 26th January and Weds 6th June.   Please telephone Carolyn at the CRESST office for more information. 0114 241 2745.

Cost: £100 for the day including refreshments and training pack

20% reduction for two staff booking from same organisation

This course is now registered with the Global Learning Programme. Register your school on the GLP website to receive funding for up to 5 members of staff to attend for free. One staff member registers in order to give the school access to the funding for this and other courses, as well as lots of useful resources.

Where: CRESST, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, Sheffield S1 4SE; 0114 2412745

Book your place here

Restorative Approaches in Secondary Schools

A 1-day workshop for senior leaders in secondary schools and FE colleges with key responsibilities for behaviour and inclusion.

Participants will be taken through the theory, evidence and practicalities for using restorative approaches at KS3-KS5. This hands-on workshop will provide an understanding of the rationale behind using restorative approaches and their effectiveness in reducing the harm from conflict. You will learn strategies to enable pupils to put things right themselves when conflict occurs. Schools with active restorative practices report a significant decrease in the amount of time adults spend investigating incidents and enforcing sanctions, due to young people being empowered through dialogue to understand the impact of their choices.

Participants will leave with an understanding of how restorative approaches can:
– work alongside your behaviour policies and core school values
– reinforce these values and policies can in a practical systematic way, embedding the messages in students’ everyday school experience
– increase students’ sense of feeling safe, and contribute to a calmer learning environment
– improve overall well-being, behaviour and safety of students
– improve staff satisfaction
– lead to an increase in positive outcomes and attendance
– be tailored to the needs of your particular school

If schools want to do more detailed training to implement a programme, CRESST can offer this.

Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

Mediation Training for Personal Tutors and Support Staff

A 1-day workshop with follow-up online tasks for pastoral staff in secondary schools.
You will learn and practise CRESST’s tried and tested 5-step mediation process for conflict resolution. Tailored towards young people, this process enables students to take responsibility for their own conflicts, finding creative solutions with the help of a facilitator. It is a well-established process that is proven to reduce the harm from conflict and contribute towards a calmer, safer learning environment. Schools with active mediation schemes report a significant decrease in the amount of time adults spend investigating incidents and enforcing sanctions.
You will leave with:
– Lots of hands-on practical experience in using the mediation process in relevant, realistic scenarios
– Practical and theoretical understanding of how mediation schemes work
– A system to take back to your school that is recognised to free up staff time from sorting out disputes and administering disciplinary procedures
– In-depth understanding of the causes of conflict, why it escalates and how to respond in positive, creative and empowering ways

Date to be confirmed. Please contact the CRESST office for more information: (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

Mindful communication

A 1-day workshop aimed at secondary school staff and professionals working with teenagers.

Learn how to communicate effectively and empathically, empowering students with a greater understanding of how conflict arises and giving them the skills to deal with it.

Participants will learn practical tools to enable them to pause and respond creatively in difficult situations rather than simply reacting. These mindful communication tools enable us focus on the people behind the behaviours, increasing students’ sense of safety and trust. This in turn reduces conflict and improves cooperation, allowing the potential of each student to be maximised.
You will leave with:

  • Greater understanding of conflict: its causes of and why it escalates
  • Deeper awareness of your own responses to conflict and how to respond creatively
  • The ability to listen to the needs and values underlying problematic behaviour
  • Strategies for communicating in a way which acknowledges all the values and positions involved while addressing the difficult behaviours
  • Strategies for improving approaches to conflict across the whole school

Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

Book your place here

Young women and social media – a Restorative Approach

Teenage girls report that most of the conflict they experience occurs or escalates online. Where once young people could escape an argument when they got home, often the most painful and confusing elements of disputes among friends now happen outside school hours. These tensions come to a head in school break times and friendships erupt, having a negative effect on students’ wellbeing and ability to focus in lessons.

CRESST now provide a half or full day session for secondary school staff on how to help young women deal with conflict, particularly where there is an online element. We provide strategies for de-escalating conflict between girls, and for empowering these young women to respond creatively to the inevitable difficult situations that arise. You will learn a range of methods based on our tried and tested mediation process, mindfulness techniques, restorative approaches and case-studies from our partner schools.

CRESST is in a unique position in being able to support and empower young people to resolve issues that arise themselves in a sustainable way that can supplement the fantastic work many schools already do to discourage cyber-bullying and encourage e-safety.

Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

Using ‘circle time’ in secondary schools – promoting dialogue, expression and listening

A 1-day workshop exploring the use of circle-based learning in PSHE lessons, tutor time and other relevant secondary school contexts.

We look at questions such as: what is circle time and how does it benefit students? Why is circle time less popular in secondary than primary – why might teachers avoid it? How can these obstacles be overcome? How might circle-based lessons be of particular benefit to secondary school students?

Teenagers are living through one of the most difficult phases of life as their brain develops and changes in crucial yet often baffling ways. Meanwhile they face enormous pressure: to fit in, to achieve, and to make sense of their emotions in a complicated globalised world. The PSHE curriculum and tutor time sessions address these issues, but many students still report feeling unsafe in school and unable to express themselves authentically. We will provide strategies for creating an environment of safety and trust through circle-based sessions.
You will leave with:
– Practical skills for holding calm, engaged circle time lessons, where real listening is taught and honest expression is possible
– Troubleshooting ideas for when things don’t go according to plan
– Techniques to use conflict and issues arising in lessons to increase students’ understanding of conflict in general
– Ideas for empowering students to take responsibility for their own needs and values

When: Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

Peacejam - One Billion Acts of Peace

We can help you facilitate a PeaceJam group – a group of students aged 14-19 who want to make a positive change in the world!
Students will organise their own project to help the local, national or global community.

PeaceJam is an international organisation enabling Nobel Peace prize winners to mentor young people to change the world. Students’ service projects will be logged as one of PeaceJam’s ‘One Billion Acts of Peace’, and all those involved are invited to attend an annual conference with a Nobel Peace Prize winner and exciting and inspiring workshops to attend.
What do I do?
– Find a group of interested, proactive students
– Discuss ideas with them for a community project and help them work out the practicalities
– Book the students on to next year’s PeaceJam conference!
– CRESST will meet with you to explain how to register the students’ project and give support and ideas for fundraising for the project and for getting to the conference

For professionals, parents, and anyone interested in conflict resolution education:

Introduction to Conflict Resolution Education – Skills to Empower Young People

Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

Conflict Resolution Skills for Professionals Working with Children and Young People

Dates and times can be worked out with individual schools or organisations to suit their particular needs. Please contact the CRESST office on (0114) 241 2745 or admin@cresst.org.uk

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