16 October 2014
As an essential companion to the Golden Rules range, Jenny Mosley’s new High Five posters will really help children understand HOW to be: a great circle timer, a good friend, a great listener, calm in the corridor, play well and how to have good manners in the dining hall.
20 September 2014
Honing the Playground Zoning in Brazil - Divide and Rule by Anne D'Heuresel Baldisseri TES Article Sept 2014
Playground zoning has never been so effective - read how a creative school in Brazil, where Jenny Mosley has been training in her model, uses playground zoning amongst other strategies to get the very best out of playtimes.
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10 September 2014
Working with the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), speaking at their conference - PLUS FREE handouts link here!ToddlerBoxPact
I have long been a great admirer the National Day Nurseries Association and so working with them over the last year or so on the Golden Rules for toddlers box sets has been a very positive experience. We are thrilled with these brightly-coloured board books. The box set provides parents, nurseries and Children’s Centres a much-need way of introducing and reinforcing a set of boundaries that can then stay with children throughout their school years. It can also provide much sought-after continuity as a child progresses through the educational systems.
There are some FREE HANDOUTS accompanying this box set - see links at the bottom of this article - one for practitioners and one for parents.
The Essential Nursery Conference – NDNA 2014
So I was also delighted to be asked to attend and present at the NDNA Essential Nursery Conference 2014. With such well-known presenters as Charlie Taylor, Alice Sylva, Nic Hudson, Abie Longstaff, Kathy Syhra and Alice Sharp I knew I … read on
28 August 2014
Wow – well, I’ve just got back from my India work trip – which was, as ever amazing, thrilling, challenging and wonderful. Because I have been working in India over the last 14 years I have already written quite a few blogs on India.
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23 July 2014
Do enjoy these lovely photos - many thanks to Maya Menon and the teachers involved for looking after Jenny so well!
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22 July 2014
I am privileged enough to encounter very many inspiring teachers through my work in schools and at
educational conferences. I was therefore delighted to meet a young teacher, Katie O'Sulivan, who not only reinforces the Golden Rules through such delightful ways as having Golden Rules mascots on each class table, but also had a very interesting member in her class. Katie explains it so much better than I could below. Please see Editor’s Notes at the end to see terms and conditions of Free 'Puppets At Large' book for every member of our 'Get Along Gang' purchased.
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25 June 2014
Sometimes you just need to be naughty. Being kind and well behaved all the time takes up energy and it’s really good to unwind being a bit silly. So I couldn’t resist pinching my daughter Meg’s blog and putting it on mine – cos she made me laugh – and I thought therefore I would share it with you all. She is describing an occasion when I linked up eventually with Meg and behaved very badly.
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23 June 2014
My Golden Rules which are in some form or other in the majority of UK primary schools are a simple distillation of complex universal moral values. I pulled them together after working in the early 80s/90s with thousands of children and adults around what rules they wanted in their schools.
When studying all their “don’ts and do’s” that I realised they all fell naturally into six areas so children of all ages can access them.
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16 June 2014
"Calm down”. Wow, how I used to hate being told this when I was younger. I was naturally excitable and “over the top” (another implied and applied criticism.) Never were there any actual tips on how I could ‘calm down’. In education at that time we’d never heard of PHSE, Circle-Time or Mindfulness … so unless you found yourself in a 60’s flower-power hippy home you’d never heard of meditation or even ‘breathing’.
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28 May 2014
Isn’t Golden Time Wonderful – If it’s done well!!!
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19 May 2014
Ooooooh - I do love teachers' creativity! You all know my Golden Time.....originally I suggested a large sun with pegs on with all the children's faces on the pegs. If they break a golden rule the peg gets put on a sun with a cloud going over his face. If the child stops doing the inappropriate behaviour - the teacher says "good choice" and puts the peg back on the happy sun.
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14 May 2014
Here’s a picture of me a couple of Saturdays ago – all dressed up in a hotchpotch of clothes (Indian skirt, Frida Kahloish tops, yellow converse) … and to top it all my fabulous felt roses crown made by my young friend Laura (she’s amazing – see details below!)
26 April 2014
In my last blog I told you about a lovely school, Brockenhurst Primary School, led by Trudie Cawthra, who recently received an OFSTED ‘Outstanding’ for PSHE and SMSC. The Quality Circle Time model is fully embedded in this school and Trudie reports that OFSTED noticed many qualities within the children that the model works on. As OFSTED seems to be placing greater emphasis on SMSC and behaviour, we were all delighted to read the following comments following their 2014 inspection:
25 April 2014
Over the last few years we have had many positive comments from Headteachers extolling the virtues of using the Quality Circle Time model and how this has positively affected their OFSTED inspections and reports. Most recently we received this report below from one of ‘our’ Golden headteachers, Trudie Cawthra of Brockenhurst C of E Primary School who very recently gained ‘Outstanding’ for PSHE and SMSC:
11 March 2014
I was so excited! I have worked before in schools in Malaysia and Thailand but to be asked to travel to Vietnam to work with four schools felt extra special. If I am really honest, it seemed extra attractive, exotic and mysterious because I was a 60s child brought up on the usual clutch of Vietnam movies – The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Good Morning Vietnam, and the like, so my imagination was still stuck in the brutal beating up of a country ravaged by war. In my mind, wilfully or just lazily, time stood still and I had failed to enquire further, but suddenly I was poised on a Vietnam adventure.
20 February 2014
Hi Everyone - we, at Positive Press, have all been beavering away (see our new hardworking beaver!!!) to produce lots of new resources to save you time and to give you loads of ideas for practical things to help life in classrooms and playgrounds be kinder, calmer and more focussed – and therefore more productive.
24 January 2014Site photo 54
When working on positive behaviour with teachers, we can become very focused upon children’s expectations and behaviour just at school. It was a pleasure for Jenny, while working with the very dedicated staff from Beckford Primary School recently, to be invited to also hold a parent workshop. Jenny first demonstrated circle time with children for the parents to observe. In the following session with the 44 adults who attended, Jenny explained about circle time and why suggestion boxes are used so that children can lead the agenda. Amongst many other initiatives and tips, she also spoke about the importance of celebrating the positive things that happen rather than focusing on the negative. The parents were very keen to ask questions and talk afterwards and the following are just a few of the comments they wrote:
- Thank you for inspiring the children. Life is so much more than learning your ABC and numbers.
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19 December 2013
People often assume that Quality Circle Time is for younger children when in reality the need of secondary pupils is just as great. Pupils in primary schools become accustomed to having a regular, safe space in which to spend invaluable time with their peers listening, speaking, being heard, learning essential life skills and contributing to their school community. Just when life starts to get harder and pupils transfer to secondary school, in addition to facing the extra challenges of having different teachers for different subjects, and different rooms and systems, many lose their weekly Circle Time sessions so they lose all the benefits they had gained during regular Circle Times.
11 November 2013
Aaaaaargh … WET PLAY!! Two words that strike dread into the soul. Not only am I regularly quizzed, on my lunchtime conferences, for good ideas on how to make the most of it – but I still, even having given up proper teaching years ago, experience regular wet play too.
02 October 2013
Everyone has a light inside them. Nelson Mandela famously urged us all to allow our light to shine strongly and not to hide it through fear. If anyone is entitled to talk in these terms it is Mandela. To be hidden away for 27 years and to come out with a strong light of forgiveness is truly inspirational. May his light of wisdom, humour and love shine on long after his death.