QCT is helping schools in India to listen. The Teacher Foundation, India, Update on the Safe and Sensitive Schools Project

QCT helping schools in India to become listening schools. The Teacher Foundation, India, Update on the Safe and Sensitive Schools Project

The Safe and Sensitive Schools (SASS) project was designed to make selected schools safe and sensitive through embedding policies, spaces and interactions that are positive, constructive, nurturing and collaborative for all – students and staff alike.

Maya Menon, Akhila Doraswamy, Misbah Shahid and Shipra Suneja, members of the TTF team have been overseeing, coordinating and implementing the intervention. They presented the findings of the project at the Excellence in School Education Conclave on 13 November 2011. Following Jenny Mosley’s demonstration of how Quality Circle Time (QCT) works, the TTF team elaborated on the entire project, its different components and the impact in schools.

The SASS project runs for 2 ½ year, involving eleven schools, and focusing on training the school and the teachers to promote positive relationships among all the stakeholders in the school: heads of school, teachers and students, making schools more safe and sensitive. The project came out of an identified need based on the too common trend of negative language in schools marked by harshness of tone. In these situations, children have difficulty expressing and sharing their feelings as well as developing empathy and a sense of self-confidence.

A video documentary has been created to capture the essence of the positive interactions during the SASS Project, directed and edited by Gautam Sonti. CLICK HERE to see the video:

QCT is a central component, and it is being conducted in schools which has helped the students build positive interactions and relation among the class. Teachers discussed how they improved their interactions with students, using rewards and sanctions as opposed to sticks and criticism. They also explained how their overall way of relating to students has changed, being much more friendly and sensitive and to build self esteem. The whole school behaviour policy helps the systems and processes in schools that helps foster positive interactions and build trust.

Head teachers who have undergone the programme expressed that they strongly believe QCT has helped students use their listening skills and the schools have become gentler spaces. The bubble time, in which students and teachers talk one on one, has helped the teachers and students deal with children’s individual needs and concerns.

Within schools that that have been part of the project, changes that are subtle but definite have been seen. Teachers are innovatively using the QCT sessions to discuss common classroom concerns and to help students think of creative ways to solve them; children delighted to participate and share their thoughts, the teachers in many cases also mentioned that the unity in the class has also strengthened; teachers using positive behaviour management techniques rather than punishments; regular QCT sessions has helped children, especially the quieter ones, to express themselves confidently; and most of the listening and appreciation systems in place.

This article has been slightly adapated from an article on The Teacher Foundation website created on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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