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Learning for Peace

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This guide aims to engage and motivate primary teachers, leaders and support staff to build Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development in their school. It is built around the concept of a spiral curriculum, visiting themes relevant to SMSC development at different ages and with varied complexity and depth. It is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1: Foundations for Peace lays out the theory. What is peace education? What is SMSC? What is the relationship between the two? It introduces five themes that form the framework for the approach and has suggestions on planning, auditing and assessment.
  • Part 2: Toolkit for Peace is the practical aspect and includes techniques to deliver the work, plus over 70 activities, games and 'Big Questions' which can be used to further develop the skills of enquiry and debate.

Peacemakers has worked in the West Midlands since 1987, developing and delivering different aspects of Peace Education and working with over 150 schools in the region. This book brings together over a decade of theoretical and classroom practice. It is well laid out, easy to read and stuffed full of inspirational ideas for building a peaceful school community. Additional material to support the book is provided on a website, with downloadable materials supporting some of the games and activities, as well as useful links and film clips.

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    Learning for Peace


Peace, Conflict and Justice

Age Ranges

KS1: ages 5-7, KS2: ages 7-11


Spiritual, moral, social, cultural (SMSC)

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