Jenny’s Blog

  • 20 May 2015

    Win a pre-order of "How to Create Calm Dining Halls" (RRP £19.95) by Jenny Mosley - simple to enter!

    (Read below for our monthly Give-Away competition)

  • 14 May 2015

    Learning and Fun - and Learning Brain Europe

    With only a week and a few days to go, Jenny is busy preparing for the Learning Brain Europe Conference which will be held on Friday 22 May in The Lowry, Salford. As a keynote speaker and workshop leader, Jenny is looking forward to the very good company of fellow speakers and topcis such as:

    • Tools and Tips for Teachers by Dr Spencer Kagan 
    • The Rock’n Roll Classroom by Dr Rich Allen.  
    • Effective Primary Language Teaching for the Unconfident Linguist by Juliet Park
    • A Story Box of Laughter, Joy and Playfulness: Enhancing moods, states of mind and capacity for learning through Drama by Rebecca Bell
    • Narrative Immersions: Inspiring Thinking and Feeling Learners through Drama and Stories by Rebecca Bell  
    • Introduction to Mindfulness by Angela O'Brien & Libby Betts
    • Practical Application of Cognitive NeurosBrain-Friendly Teaching:cience in the Classroom by Matt Bromley

    Jenny will be giving two workshops:

    Boost the Energy and Well-being of all The Adults in the School First – and excellence wi … read on

  • Jenny Mosley TES Article 1st May 2015 - How Circle Time can turn around learning

    01 May 2015

    Jenny Mosley TES Article 1st May 2015 - How Circle Time can turn around learning

    We were thrilled that Jenny's article was published in the TES on 1st May 2015, discussing the need for balance within the curriculm and ensuring that there is time and space for circle time, listening and the development of social skills. The TES blog about the article provides some background to it.

     

    Circle time needs to be a fixture in both primary and secondary schools, but the practice is at risk of falling out of use, according to a former government adviser. In the 1 May issue of TES, Jenny Mosley says that circle time is often sacrificed in an increasingly crowded curriculum.

    "In primaries, weekly circle time is much more common with younger ­children – perhaps because their teachers have more timetable flexibility,” she writes. “But in the older years, it tends to happen only after a problem has occurred between students. As for secondaries, I’m not sure if circle time is now used ­regularly at all – other than by a few brave and enthusiastic PSHE or special education … read on

  • 24 April 2015

    Win Emotions Resources! 2 sets of Emotions Flashcards to give away (Original RRP £20.34)

    (Read below for our monthly Give-Away competition)

  • 16 April 2015

    Training Trip to Brazil 2015

    Hi I’m back from Brazil. 

    It was really exciting to be working in a big international school with children from age three to eighteen. I spent a week working in their pre-prep , primary and senior schools. I think I did about 20 circle-times with different classes, a big circle-time with parents and lots of circle-times with teachers and support staff. I feel really positive about the work because it was my third visit and I feel the school is building slowly and carefully on each initiative that I have introduced. They have a long term commitment to CPD and embedding initiatives that can be sustainable and add to the overall vision. I love the openness and warmth of all the staff, parents and children which I find exciting and re-energising. 

    In fact it looks like the Pre-Prep school has achieved our Gold Award status! We are just collecting the final pieces of evidence now but I was really impressed with the fabulous work they have done. Amazingly they have also run regular s … read on

  • 30 March 2015

    One day only - unmissable training opportunity at Watercliffe Meadow - that lives and breathes the Golden Model (12th June 2015)

    A ‘Gold Award’ School

    Watercliffe Meadow is one amazing school - and they are opening their doors for one day for you to come and train with Jenny, see their systems working and meet staff and pupils! This is the only place that Jenny does this particular training day!

    CLICK HERE TO SEE A JENNY MOSLEY VIDEO CREATED BY THE SCHOOL, JENNY MOSLEY AND FLIM COMPANY MASH!

    Since the opening of Watercliffe Meadow in September 2008, staff have worked tirelessly to implement Jenny’s model and now it has become a ‘Golden Award’ School, and recognised by David Blunkett MP.

    CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO THE TRAINING DAY - OR CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD A FLIER AND AN APPLICATION FORM!

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    So What's Happening on Friday 12th June 2015?

    An open training day with Jenny exploring her whole school Quality Circle Time model promoting wellbeing, positive behaviour & calmer lunchtimes

     

     

    The day will focus upon the strengths of the school and cover:

    Re-energising Circle Time - T … read on

  • 24 March 2015

    The Golden Rules – Internationally speaking - AND WIN GOLDEN RULES POSTERS!

    Guess what? The Golden Rules are now in Samoan - see the beautiful poster above and read on below!

    I don’t know where to start with this one. There is so much that I would like to say about how important moral values – and hence the Golden Rules - are for children, no matter which country they live in, what school they go to or what language they speak.

    My Golden Rules are these   ...

    We Are Gentle – i.e. Respect For Physical Safety

    We Are Kind - i.e. Respect For Emotional Safety  

    We Are Honest  - i.e Respect For The Truth

    We Look After Things – i.e. Respect For The Environment  

    We Listen – i.e. Respect For Others

    We Work Hard – i.e. Respect For Self  

    TO WIN A SET OF OUR PLAYGROUND RULES - CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW TO ENTER AND FOR TERMS AND CONDITIONS!

    I love taking the Golden Model to different countries and, over the years, it has become a seasoned traveller ! We have had requests to translate the Golden Rules into many languages from Welsh, Spanish, Samoan, Maori, French to Icelandi … read on

  • 24 March 2015

    Win a set of 6 x A3 Playground Rules posters!

    (Read below for Give-Away competition)

  • 20 March 2015

    Meg and the Matriarchs on Mother's Day

    I've borrowed this image and writing from my daughter, Meg's, Facebook page. 

    Meg is an artist and takes some spectacular photographs! I so love this photo - lying down seems to help the older face a lot!!! 

    Bless her for remembering my Mum on Mothers Day too – she was a fabulous, outrageous, challenging, incredibly loving wonderful woman.

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    Website Editor's Notes

     

    1. To see Meg Mosley's art website go to: http://www.megmosley.co.uk/ 

    2. Follow Meg on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/megmosley

    3. To enquiry about Jenny Mosley's training and conferencing or catalogue, books and resources, phone 01225 767157 or email circletime@jennymosley.co.uk

    4. Follow Jenny on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/JennyMosleyConsultancies

  • 06 March 2015

    Announcing our next deserving and very special Golden School – Tolworth Community Primary School

    It is always a pleasure to go in to lots of different schools as I do and to experience amazing practice and to discuss where there is room for improvement and suggest new or altered ways. And working with staff and pupils from Tolworth Community Primary School has been an absolute pleasure. With a dedicated, hard-working and talented staff team, and creative and strong leadership to match, this was always going to be ‘one to watch’!

    At Tolworth, not only are there initiatives and exemplary practices within school, the enthusiasm has spread right out to the parents and other members of the school community too.

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    Jenny with a group of Tolworth Community Primary School parents who attended the presentation ceremony followed by a parent workshop on how to expect the Golden Rules AT HOME!

    I had been working with Tolworth Infant and Junior Schools for about 6 years before their challenging merger into a federated Nursery, Infant and Junior school. With a combination of Working … read on

  • 19 February 2015

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

    (See competition at the bottom of this article!)

    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 we 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!

  • 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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