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What is PATHS® Plus?
Barnardo’s NI has adapted a proven international model of intervention on Social and Emotional Regulation (PATHS® Programme) and married this with a targeted programme “Friendship Group” to create PATHS® Plus.  This project has been funded under the Realising Ambition programme, supported by Catch 22 and the Big Lottery Fund.

What is Friendship Group?
By Primary 4 (Year 3), many children feel comfortable interacting with their peers at school.  They are able to join in and get along with others easily, participate in team activities, communicate effectively with peers, play with others in a cooperative and fair manner, and manage conflicts peacefully.  For various reasons, however, these social skills do not come easily to some children.  Some children struggle with the task of making friends, and others have trouble maintaining friendships. 

Friendship Group is a social skill training programme that offers children the opportunity to learn and practice PATHS® skills in the context of small, supportive peer groups with adult guidance. The programme is for children in P4-7 (Years 3-6), and focuses on similar themes to PATHS® - teamwork, cooperation and communication skills, fair play, negotiation skills, and effective conflict management.  In addition, children have an opportunity to talk about their social worries, and receive support in coping with challenging peer situations.

The quality of school building inspections across Scotland has been questioned, following the collapse of a wall at an Edinburgh primary last year. Professor John Cole – who headed up the investigation into the incident at Oxgangs Primary in Edinburgh – said some inspections by other councils had been “purely visual”. The concerns came to light as part of a wider inquiry into school building construction by the Scottish parliament’s education committee.

A mental health programme backed by children’s charity Barnardos is set to be rolled out across a local authority. The PATHS programme, running in Renfrewshire primaries since 2013, aims to make schools more nurturing, supportive and caring in a bid to protect children from serious mental health problems. A further 14 primaries will benefit from the programme as of August; it is intended to ultimately run in all Renfrewshire primaries.

Glasgow Museums has taken the rare decision to allow a valuable exhibit – a traditional gypsy caravan – to visit a school. Some 178 of Annette Street Primary’s 220 pupils are from a Romanian or Slovakian Roma background. Headteacher Shirley Taylor said it would “promote a sense of worth in the culture and traditions of our Roma families and give our children a sense of their place within history”.

What is PATHS® Plus?
Barnardo’s NI has adapted a proven international model of intervention on Social and Emotional Regulation (PATHS® Programme) and married this with a targeted programme “Friendship Group” to create PATHS® Plus.  This project has been funded under the Realising Ambition programme, supported by Catch 22 and the Big Lottery Fund.

What is Friendship Group?
By Primary 4 (Year 3), many children feel comfortable interacting with their peers at school.  They are able to join in and get along with others easily, participate in team activities, communicate effectively with peers, play with others in a cooperative and fair manner, and manage conflicts peacefully.  For various reasons, however, these social skills do not come easily to some children.  Some children struggle with the task of making friends, and others have trouble maintaining friendships. 

Friendship Group is a social skill training programme that offers children the opportunity to learn and practice PATHS® skills in the context of small, supportive peer groups with adult guidance. The programme is for children in P4-7 (Years 3-6), and focuses on similar themes to PATHS® - teamwork, cooperation and communication skills, fair play, negotiation skills, and effective conflict management.  In addition, children have an opportunity to talk about their social worries, and receive support in coping with challenging peer situations.

The quality of school building inspections across Scotland has been questioned, following the collapse of a wall at an Edinburgh primary last year. Professor John Cole – who headed up the investigation into the incident at Oxgangs Primary in Edinburgh – said some inspections by other councils had been “purely visual”. The concerns came to light as part of a wider inquiry into school building construction by the Scottish parliament’s education committee.

A mental health programme backed by children’s charity Barnardos is set to be rolled out across a local authority. The PATHS programme, running in Renfrewshire primaries since 2013, aims to make schools more nurturing, supportive and caring in a bid to protect children from serious mental health problems. A further 14 primaries will benefit from the programme as of August; it is intended to ultimately run in all Renfrewshire primaries.

Glasgow Museums has taken the rare decision to allow a valuable exhibit – a traditional gypsy caravan – to visit a school. Some 178 of Annette Street Primary’s 220 pupils are from a Romanian or Slovakian Roma background. Headteacher Shirley Taylor said it would “promote a sense of worth in the culture and traditions of our Roma families and give our children a sense of their place within history”.

The Tús Maith programme is an early years care and education programme for children aged 3-5 years, with an overall outcome of ensuring that children are ready for school.

The overall outcome of Tús Maith is that the child will be ready for primary school and will develop the specific cognitive skills necessary for this transition.

Children will experience positive relationships with their peers and early year's staff. This will be evidenced by children being able to:

What is PATHS® Plus?
Barnardo’s NI has adapted a proven international model of intervention on Social and Emotional Regulation (PATHS® Programme) and married this with a targeted programme “Friendship Group” to create PATHS® Plus.  This project has been funded under the Realising Ambition programme, supported by Catch 22 and the Big Lottery Fund.

What is Friendship Group?
By Primary 4 (Year 3), many children feel comfortable interacting with their peers at school.  They are able to join in and get along with others easily, participate in team activities, communicate effectively with peers, play with others in a cooperative and fair manner, and manage conflicts peacefully.  For various reasons, however, these social skills do not come easily to some children.  Some children struggle with the task of making friends, and others have trouble maintaining friendships. 

Friendship Group is a social skill training programme that offers children the opportunity to learn and practice PATHS® skills in the context of small, supportive peer groups with adult guidance. The programme is for children in P4-7 (Years 3-6), and focuses on similar themes to PATHS® - teamwork, cooperation and communication skills, fair play, negotiation skills, and effective conflict management.  In addition, children have an opportunity to talk about their social worries, and receive support in coping with challenging peer situations.


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