Global Learning Programme

Youth Resolving Conflict – Developing student-led responses to conflict in schools and in a wider global context – 1-day course for secondary school staff

04 Nov 2016 - 04 Nov 2016 | Sheffield
Start: 09:30 , end: 15:30
Provider: CRESST
Cost £: 90 credits per person
Aims of the course:

• To equip teachers with the skills, resources and lesson plans to introduce a student-led mediation scheme as part of a whole school approach to conflict resolution. • To support teachers in enabling students to understand that their own actions and individual responses to conflict are the best place to start contributing to global peacemaking processes. • To empower students to handle conflict situations creatively, reducing the harm caused and enabling them to respond to global conflict issues compassionately and effectively. • To allow teachers to develop students’ communication and life skills through challenging conversations, restorative questions, open-minded enquiry and reflection on global issues.

Expected outcomes of the course:

Teachers will: • Understand the core elements of the Youth Resolving Conflict (YRC) programme • Assess how conflict within school is part of a global picture and explore alternative conflict resolution methods • Gain knowledge and hands-on practice for starting and supporting a student-led mediation scheme reinforced by whole year group lessons • Know a range of group activities for building cooperation and communication skills • Identify their school’s needs and create a plan for implementing relevant elements of the whole school approach to conflict resolution • Feel confident in using and teaching critical thinking skills to resolve conflict, and in promoting values like empathy, fairness and active participation..

Embedding global learning in your teaching:

What will this course enable teachers to do better with respect to embedding global learning in their teaching? * Teachers will: • Be able to present a toolkit of problem-solving approaches, empowering pupils to decide on the best responses to real-life difficulties • Be equipped to support voluntary student-led activities pertaining to conflict resolution such as a peer mediation scheme • Know how to embed conflict resolution in a whole school approach that expresses their school’s core values • Nurture pupils’ sense of human interdependence • Be able to deliver stronger social, moral, and cultural aspects of learning by exploring conflicts, asking students to evaluate moral choices, and providing opportunities to learn and practise skills for creating greater sensitivity to different perspectives.

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Curriculum subjects explored in this course:

English, RS / RE, Citizenship, PSHE, Drama

Content focus:

Curriculum development; Teaching and learning; Leadership and management; Development of whole school ethos; Pupil leadership; Helping schools work with the wider community; Pupil behaviour and values



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Trainer details:

Jenny Owen is Assistant Programme Manager and trainer for CRESST, and an accredited mediator and qualified secondary teacher. She has 6 years experience of teaching RE, PSHE and Philosophy in Sheffield and Rotherham schools and colleges. Jenny also has 8 years of experience in Non-Violent Communication (NVC); 3 months teaching experience in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Other information:

See the CRESST website for any extra information ( or send us an email.

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