How to Make Friends: Building Resilience and Supportive Peer Groups (Incl CD-ROM)

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Ruth MacConville

How to Make Friends
152 pages
ISBN: 9781412922562

Pupils are rarely taught the principles of effective co-operation although being able to work effectively as part of a group is critical in all contexts; school, life and work.

The book is based on the author’s practical experience of running the programme in schools and is underpinned by research into the development of pro-social behaviour and friendship skills.

The 26 sessions are arranged in the sequence of the alphabet from Attitude to the Zest for life. In each session there is a poster and a ‘take away’ activity as well as full facilitators’ notes for whole class introduction, pair and share tasks and a plenary. A unique feature of the programme is that it addresses the development of non-verbal communication: the ability to read social cues.

The sessions raise awareness and understanding of the interpersonal skills necessary for friendships, including communication and co-operation.

The teaching sessions cover topics such as:

  • Reciprocity
  • Commitment
  • Giving and sharing
  • Trust
  • Specific thinking skills.

The programme is intended for whole class work but would also be suitable for small groups.

Table of Contents


Introduction and background

How to use the programme.

Notes for teachers

The structure of the sessions.

The 26 Sessions

A to Z