Cooperative Games & Conflict Resolution Skills for Primary Schools

Cooperative Games & Conflict Resolution Skills for Primary Schools

conflict res workshop group

Our innovative, tried and tested Cooperative Games and Conflict Resolution Programme for Primary Schools is available for schools at no cost . We can offer the programme to run for 8 weeks per term with two or possibly four class groups.

Working through cooperative activities the programme aims to help primary school pupils enhance their skills to address conflict, improve communication and manage anger and to promote a culture of peace, respect and dialogue by encouraging pupils’ proactive and pro-social approach to conflict in their everyday life.

Centrenewspic1April2017Our team of skilled facilitators developed and delivered this programme in 8 week sessions to class groups ranging from P1 up through P7 at five primary schools in Edinburgh in  2015-16 and 2016 -2017 school years.

Dalry Primary Head Teacher and Depute Head Teacher reported 100% significant improvement. Head Teacher Grant Gillies commented “Specific individuals gained considerably and there was an impact on both behaviour and confidence. The PSA included in the workshops also noted a difference in the behaviour of the pupils.” “I would recommend it to any school as the difference is tangible. Our school has 75 percent EAL and 1 in 3 of our pupils are in child poverty. This is not an easy place to start but it’s testament to Fiona and the team that it more than succeeded.” Deputy Head Teacher Vanessa Kelly commented “Pupils really enjoyed the sessions. They all loved learning new skills which they also used in the playground with other children.”

Centrenewspic2April2017Our conflict resolution skills programme has been carefully designed in line with the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence to particularly support the following outcomes in the area of Health and Wellbeing:

  • Understanding me and others
  • Managing my anger
  • Improving my communication
  • Understanding my skills to manage conflict

A comprehensive outline of the programme is available here.

Schools interested in hosting the programme are invited to contact us. Please contact Brian at the EP&JC. Tel: 0131 629 1058 or email coordinator[at]

Facilitator Training

Facilitator Training

The initial workshp covers essential components for working in Conflict Management adapted for work with children in Primary Schools. The workshops are open to people considering continuing on the full Facilitator Training Programme and for personal and professional development. Those who complete the workshop can apply to participate in co-delivering the Conflict Resolution Skills sessions as Trainee Facilitators in Primary Schools.

Content:  This is a practical approach through team building activities, cooperative games, and group dynamics. Theory, skills and practical approaches – team building activities, cooperative games and group dynamics, based on our experience of delivering Conflict Resolution Workshops over two years at 6 primary schools n Edinburgh. Supports Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing outcomes.

Centrenewspic2April2017Participants on a previous workshop commented:

“Fun, playful, nice choice of activities with good timing.”

Great variety…..Will use a lot of these now in the classroom. Thank you.”

Workshop participants may have the opportunity to participate in co-delivering the Conflict Resolution Skills for Primary Schools Project with a professional in Conflict Resolution / Nonviolence Education in primary schools, to practise the skills acquired in the workshop and lead activities with children. Particpants who complete the training can apply to become faciltators on our primary schools project.

For more information, or to register interest contact the EP&JC, tel: 0131 629 1058 or email coordinator[at]

To register for the workshop contact the Centre by emailing contact[at] or phone 0131 629 1058.

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