CHILDREN + YOUNG PEOPLE

Resolving Conflict

Primary school group work programme


Conflict – whether in the playground, classroom or home – is highly disruptive to learning. Diffusing and resolving conflict is also a time-consuming activity for teaching professionals. Therefore, educating children about how conflict occurs and how they can begin to manage disagreements independently and develop empathy is an essential activity.

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The Spark’s Resolving Conflict programme was developed to support schools to build emotional intelligence in pupils. Starting by exploring the nature of conflict and its contributing factors, the programme deals with important concepts including consequential thinking, problem-solving and safeguarding. Taking into account the fact youth relationships increasingly develop online, the programme also reflects upon the difference between online and ‘real world’ conflict.

Running for six weeks, Resolving Conflict actively encourages pupils to put learning into practice as they enhance and develop opportunities for acceptance and positive disagreement.

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Resolving Conflict – groupwork aims


The Resolving Conflict groupwork aims to help Primary-age children to:

  • Explore conflict and its contributing factors
  • Explore beliefs and attitudes, and how these can impact/affect conflict and relationships
  • Identify personal strengths, ways to positively manage differences/disagreements and develop empathy
  • Explore conflict online and how this can differ from ‘real world’ situations
  • Manage situations in which conflicting thoughts, beliefs and opinions are held/offered
  • Share the learning and messages from the programme with others to promote the Think-Feel-Do message throughout the school community.

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Programme overview


Resolving Conflict – groupwork
Session description Duration Pupils
1. What is conflict? 60 minutes Up to 15
2. Beliefs and attitudes 60 minutes Up to 15
3. Personal strengths and positive challenges 60 minutes Up to 15
4. Online conflict and perception 60 minutes Up to 15
5. Putting our learning into practice 60 minutes Up to 15
6. Think-Feel-Do campaign 60 minutes Up to 15

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Resolving Conflict – outcomes and competencies


By the end of the Resolving Conflict programme, pupils will have:

  • An understanding of conflict, where it can occur, with whom and contributing factors
  • An understanding of how beliefs and attitudes are formed, held and shaped through various mediums
  • An awareness of personal strengths, agency, empathy, consequential thinking and safety-seeking
  • An awareness of online presentation and the importance of nuances in communication
  • The opportunity to put learning into practice through engagement in discussion, debate and positive conflict
  • The opportunity to share their learning with the rest of the school community in order to enhance and develop opportunities for acceptance and positive disagreement.

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Groupwork delivery


This learning programme is delivered by The Spark’s Children and Young People Team in your school or chosen location. Each group is limited to 15 pupils and runs for six weeks, with one session per week.

resolving conflict before it turn to violence between children

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How to book


If you would like to talk about The Spark deliver Resolving Conflict in your Primary school or providing counselling, please complete the contact form below or telephone 0141 222 2166 during our office opening hours.

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