New secondary resources for getting on with peers and resolving conflict

Here we have:

  • A nice assembly on kindness from Place2Be, with lots of links to interesting film clips. There’s an assembly plan and slides.
  • From the online wellbeing course developed by EmpowerU Education ( two interesting films for secondary students about levels of friendship and how friendships can change
  • A simple but effective lesson plan on finding ‘win-win’ solutions for resolving conflict, suitable for KS3. We would begin it with a story from the great book ‘Getting to Yes’ about two sisters squabbling over an orange. They both insisted they wanted it and would not give way. They were stuck in a position, stating their ‘wants’. Eventually they cut the orange in half. One sister said ‘But I only wanted the rind of the orange for marmalade- now I’ve only got half of it ’ and the other ‘ And I only wanted the juice and now I haven’t enough for my recipe’. Could they have found a win-win solution, by discussing their needs (the rind, the juice) rather than their wants (the orange)?
  • A KS4 lesson called the back-street brawl, about an argument between two young men with extreme and opposing views - men who would never take the time to talk, to listen, to understand each other. And yet... a conversation begins. This provocative film reveals some challenging truths about prejudice, extremism and radicalisation, and shows that the best way to understand these problems is to talk. The lesson materials include a film and accompanying lesson plan.  Find them at

Got problems with girls making each other unhappy? Who doesn’t… We came across a classic boom first published in 1984 that really helps.

Hating Alison Ashley by Robin Klein

Erica has always believed herself to be the star of her sixth-grade class. But then Alison Ashley shows up, and right from the start, seems to threaten Erica's position. Can these classmates ever see past their difficulties and find friendship? This is what Anne Fine, author of Goggle Eyes and Madame Doubtfire, says about this story of friendship and jealousy.

“One of my daughters stepped up to demand a wodge of back pocket money. “What do you want it for?” I asked. “To buy a new copy of Hating Alison Ashley,” she admitted. “Mine’s fallen apart and I can’t live on this planet without being able to read it.” I shouldn’t have been surprised.

I knew she had a problem with the ‘perfect’ girl in the class. I just hadn’t realised how much comfort Robin Klein’s comedy novel was bringing her almost every evening, helping her through a difficult school year.”


If you run a search on the SEAL website for ‘girls’ you’ll find lots more ideas. Try this resource too

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