Quality Circle Time

Quality Circle Time (QCT) is a democratic and creative approach used to support teachers and other professionals in managing a range of issues that affect the whole learning community. Teaching staff, children, support staff, parents and governors can all be actively involved. QCT has proved successful in promoting better relationships and helps with positive behaviour management, two of the most effective improvements to both learning and the smooth and harmonious running of a school.

The QCT model involves a commitment from schools to set up an ongoing process of circle time meetings for adults and children, at which the key interpersonal and organisational issues that affect school development can be addressed. The sessions for children may be linked to the PSHE curriculum, and often consist of weekly meetings lasting half an hour where children sit in a facilitated circle and engage in circle time games and other circle time activities.

QCT meetings for children involve creative circle time activities, circle games and the practice of speaking and listening skills, rounds and structured debates.  .

There are several key elements in the Whole School QCT Model, namely:

  • Improving the morale and self-esteem of staff
  • Listening systems for children and adults
  • The Golden Rules: a system of behavioural rules for children
  • Incentives: a weekly celebration to congratulate the children for keeping the Golden Rules
  • Sanctions: the partial withdrawal of the Golden Time incentive
  • Lunchtime Policy

Without doubt at the heart of the Quality Circle Time model is Jenny Mosley's circle time. With pacey and planned circle time activities and circle time games, pupils can gain experiential practice at communication and social skills, problem solving and other social and emotional competencies. Circle time is very popular with children, giving them a break from academic work and working on many crucual skills through the circle time activities.

Whilst working with the whole Quality Circle Time model with Jenny's whole-school approach is the most effective way forward in our opinion, many organisations choose aspects of the model to work on. Our lunchtimes and playtimes projects are really popular and Jenny can come in and provide consultation and training to completely re-vamp lunchtimes and playtimes. Its your choice! Phone us to ask more about our training and projects 01225 767157 or email circletime@jennymosley.co.uk

For products to purchase, please see our on-line Circle Time shop. For further information on training, see our training and conferencing section.

For all other enquiries, please telephone us on 01225 767157 or email: circletime@jennymosley.co.uk