Jenny’s Blog

  • 19 February 2015

    Remember those playground games - and WIN a free LARGE outdoor CUT OUT GAMES SIGN!

    This month we are celebrating all the new resources in our 2015 catalogue. We always expect a good response when we send out our new catalogue but this year that are so thrilled that practitioners have told us that they can see straight away how the resources will benefit themselves and the children in their care - and they are keeping us very busy in the warehouse fulfilling orders!

    Working almost daily in schools, over the last year, I have seen some extremely busy dining halls - some stretched to the limits with noise, behaviour, queuing and the systems in general all posing problems at an important part of the school day. So, in response, we have created some great, individual colourful dining hall stickers and posters - which, alongside our main Dining Hall Rules poster, show children the Golden Rules and Dining Hall Rules personified with cartoon characters and clear messages. They help to set behavioural expectations by thanking the children for many aspects of … read on

  • 18 February 2015

    Headteacher in Cornwall using puppets to teach manners - BBC Breakfast Feb 2015

    Have you seen this?  We were delighted to catch sight of this on the BBC Breakfast News a few days agonewspaper article. Isn’t it great to see Headteachers using the power of puppets? This Headteacher,Geoff Smith from Kehelland Primary School, Camborne, Cornwall, was on the national BBC breakfast television show about lessons in manners and patience using puppets.

    Click Here to see the BBC Breakfast News clip February 2015

     

     

    Here are some links to Jenny’s work with puppets from You Tube

     

    1. Jenny Mosley presents the seal puppet at the Findhorn Northern Lights Conference 2009

     

    2. The power of using puppets – clips from a Findhorn conference

     

    3. DVD clip of using puppets with early years children

     

    Website Editor's Notes

    1. Jenny Mosley's Golden Model promotes the ideas and skills for positive behaviour, happier lunchtimes and playtimes and the use of Golden Rules of moral values. Quality Circle Time is great for developing social and emotional competencies.

    2. Jenny Mosley regularly d … read on

  • 16 February 2015

    Bringing joy to children in Malawi - some positive news

    Sometimes it takes so little to bring a lot of joy. Laura Macmillan, a young, enthusiastic positive teacher went out with a friend to Malawi and used a parachute in four different primary schools. The mothers were so impressed that they are going to make some more using their local fabric. They also taught all the teachers and parents lots of different games they can use.

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    Honestly I am so impressed by the unsung heroes - like these two Scottish teachers. So many amazing young people go and help others in their holidays as well. If you were to trawl the internet for blogs you would find thousands of schools are adopting a range of schools from beleaguered countries. Sending money is really important but giving your time is beyond compare. I wish there was more media coverage on the incredible amount of good things that happen in this world. I only know one fabulous newspaper in the U.K. called Positive News that used to just focus on all the fabulous things happening thr … read on

  • 10 February 2015

    Jenny’s return to Motcombe Infant ‘Golden’ School

    Jenny went back to one of her very special schools just recently. Both Jane Midwinter and Fizz Starkey are ex-headteachers of this school and both have been accredited in the Whole School Quality Circle Time Model after attending Train the Trainers courses. And they have left a legacy of goldenness!! Fiona Day, acting headteacher has carried on the wonderful work and now Tracey Robinson is going to steer them to finally receive their formal Gold Award!! We are lucky enough to have a resume of Motcombe’s journey to goldenness and detail about Fizz Starkey who first started working with Jenny in 1995.

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    Quality Circle Time at Motcombe Community Infant School, Eastbourne

    Fizz Starkey, headteacher  and Ruth Holyoak, deputy headteacher, attended a one day training course run by Jenny Mosley in 1995 – on a Saturday!  This resulted in training for the whole school staff and the Governing Body in 1996.  From then the model was adopted and it became central to the ethos and success of … read on

  • 04 February 2015

    Lancaster and Morecambe Heads Really Rock! A headteacher's conference not to miss.

    I had an unexpectedly lovely invitation to give a presentation on Inspirational Leadership for Lancaster and Morecambe Headteachers Association.  Wow – they know how to rock.  The conference was held in the best hotel ever – the Low Wood Hotel on the edge of the Windermere Lakes in Ambleside. 

    The Heads all stayed over for one or two nights, the hotel even had hot tubs out in the open crisp air.  The next morning they either went hiking or Tai Chi-ing or flopping.  Then after their leisurely lunch I had them with me from 12 to 4.30.  We had a great time and managed to reflect, laugh, reconnect, be playful… and to shine up our vision of what a leader has to do for themselves spiritually and physically before they can have the energy to try and be the best they can be to inspire others.  After a late tea of warm scones and jam they all went off to get ready for an evening of great food and outrageous dancing! 

    I went onto stay with my wise friends, Linda and Nigel Kingdon – both … read on

  • 29 January 2015

    Fancy hosting one of our Open Conferences? Free training for your staff!

    Budgets are stretched and more and more schools are choosing to host our very economical Jenny Mosley two day conferences free in their school. All you need is a good size hall, some refreshments and a little bit of time at the beginning to be given to publicising the course to their local schools. Places on the course are advertised at a very reasonable daily fee to other local teachers and practitioners so everyone can share best practice. 

    Jenny says: "One conference day focuses on ‘listening schools are caring schools’ and I work with a KS1 and a KS2 class with all delegates observing. Delegates learn all about listening, behaviour management and positive relationships. The hosting school loves it that their own children are at the centre of the day.

    The second conference day focuses on ‘how to promote positive lunchtimes’ and is for all mid-day supervisors, learning mentors, play leaders, teachers and senior managers. I have written two key books on lunchtimes and dining h … read on

  • 28 January 2015

    Early Years and 'Marfa' - grappling with the English language in Circle Time

    A few weeks ago I ran a circle time for 3 year olds in an inner city Children’s Centre with early years practitioners observing.  A few of them had no English and some children had emotional difficulties.  We all sat on little chairs in a circle on a wooden surface.  Very quickly the children discovered that if they banged their feet, it made a wonderful noise.  My quiet circle-time voice, which normally praises the one child who is not banging their feet, found it hard to penetrate the whole circle banging their feet and luckily, Timmy Turtle raced out of the bag and for one magical moment, the children’s feet stopped and their eyes looked up.  Tim was hungry.  Giving Timmy something to eat was interesting as each child held out their hand and Timmy asked them “what is it you are giving me to eat” and each child said “ Marfa” I had no idea what “marfa” is and I thought it must be a language I knew nothing about.  Later, in the circle I made animal noises and asked them to gu … read on

  • 22 January 2015

    Thank you Gloucester! A great 2-day conference (20 and 21 January 2015)

     

    It was great to  return to Gloucestershire this week to hold one of our Open Conferences. The conference was supported through help with organisation and marketing by members of the Advisory Teaching Service in Gloucester. Both days were very well-attended with an enthusiastic group of delegates!

    On Tuesday 20th Jenny started with a day on Better Behaviour for Learning, focusing upon key aspects of the Golden Model, improving social skills and helping everyone to work together as a team. Jenny worked with a circle of children with delegates observing. As ever, they were searingly honest. When debating with each other the pros and cons of their current consequence system, one boy said ‘well it can’t be working ‘cos I have to do it every day!!

    Day two, Wednesday 21st, was for anyone involved in lunchtimes and playtimes. Jenny discussed aspects of the Dining Hall and playground, inspiring people to get more involved in organising activities and making lunchtimes calmer but also m … read on

  • 20 January 2015

    Jenny’s third training trip to beautiful Brazil in March 2015

    Jenny was thrilled to be invited back to Brazil again this year for a third training trip to visit St Paul’s School in Sao Paulo. With an exciting week planned, Jenny will be working with staff from the pre-preparatory, preparatory and senior schools.

    Having already worked with Jenny on two occasions, St Pauls has already fully taken on board the Golden Model, working  on different areas in the school. Do see their website HERE for a lovely display of their Golden Rules and Circle Time guidance.

    Head of Pre-Prep, Anne D’Heuresel Baldisseri has written articles for the TES including this one on playground zoning in 2014 - CLICK HERE TO SEE

    We look forward to hearing how the training trip goes in March and hopefully to seeing some more training photos and some more fruity ones?!

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    These were Jenny's parting comments on departure from Brazil after her last training trip:

    "So good luck to St Paul’s school. We are on a journey – with kindness and gentleness and regu … read on

  • 06 January 2015

    Happy New Year 2015!

    Well, what a way to start my New Year…..by finding this on my daughter’s facebook late last night! I never had time but I sat up fast with indignation when I saw what she had put on!!! Then I couldn’t help laughing. The photo really does look like the ‘me’ I feel at the moment. A frazzled, downturned mouth…..a ‘seen better days’ type of person!!!

    I start off the Christmas period full of determination to be the calmest and kindest grandmother ever. BUT ISN’T CHRISTMAS EXHAUSTING.  Here is a quick look into my kitchen where I did lunch for the immediate family. I just have an ordinary semi and I had to put 3 tables together just to sit everyone down. So now you have seen the after and before photo!!!

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    Don't worry schools – I promise to have a glut of golden moments, a few brisk walks and slap on the old makeup and stand in front of you for the whole of 2015 with an upturned mouth and a happy smile.

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  • 16 October 2014

    Hot off the press! Our new High Five posters range to show children what good behaviour looks like

    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.

  • Honing the Playground Zoning in Brazil - Divide and Rule by Anne D'Heuresel Baldisseri TES Article Sept 2014

    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!

     

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    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

  • India Training Visit 2014 - and an Indian Golden School to Remember

    28 August 2014

    India Training Visit 2014 - and an Indian Golden School to Remember

    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

    Jenny and QCT in India - only a few words but lots of glorious photos!! July 2014

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    Do enjoy these lovely photos - many thanks to Maya Menon and the teachers involved for looking after Jenny so well!

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  • When Tyrone the puppet joined Class 1S – PLUS FREE Puppet Book offer!

    22 July 2014

    When Tyrone the puppet joined Class 1S – PLUS FREE Puppet Book offer!

    I am privileged enough to encounter very many inspiring teachers through my work in schools and at

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    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

    Behaving Badly

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    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

    Universal Values, British Schools and The Magna Carta!!!

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    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

    Keep Calm and Carry On ..... Relaxation and Calmness

     

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    "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

    We're starting a Golden Time revolution!

    Isn’t Golden Time Wonderful – If it’s done well!!!

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