Circle Time

The Circle Time Programme

Create Classrooms where Academic Excellence Thrives

Circle Time

More than ever a child’s emotional development is considered a key factor in their educational success.

If you work with children it is time to stop managing behaviour and to start creating an emotionally safe learning environment where academic excellence thrives.

Our emotions impact our readiness and ability to learn, feeling safe is vital within the school environment. A child who does not feel emotionally safe, valued or listened to, may enter the classroom feeling frustrated, angry, distracted or withdrawn, particularly when attempting to learn a new concept.

Equally a child who has too much on their mind, perhaps they are worried about the argument they saw their Mum and Dad have that morning; or they fell out with a friend yesterday and are worried they may not have anyone to play with at lunchtime; these worries, stressors, or anxieties contribute to children’s inability to engage in their learning.

Creating a safe learning environment is thus crucial to students achieving their full and true potential.

The C.I.R.C.L.E Time Programme

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe C.I.R.C.L.E Time Programme is a whole school approach, which provides for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of it’s pupils, by developing a caring ethos, teaching by example, encouraging democratic values, pro-social behaviour, self discipline and motivation. It is a chance for schools to invite all their staff and the wider school community to an inspiring day.

Would you like to develop the essential knowledge and skills throughout your school and cluster and create classrooms where academic excellence thrives?

The C.I.R.C.L.E Outcomes
  • Promote a whole school wellbeing programme, which supports positive mental health and builds social, emotional and behavioural skills with children and adults.
  • Deliver the PSHE Curriculum in a fun, easy and user friendly way.
  • Enhance the resiliency, confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing of adults and children.
  • Run well well-structured C.I.R.C.L.E sessions using the C.I.R.C.L.E unique 6 stage process.
  • Develop a repertoire of games that build social, emotional and relationship skills.
  • Develop a whole school approach to enhancing values, based on the 4 R’s of – relationships, responsibility, resiliency and respect.
  • Develop communication and social skills that enhance co-operative, responsible, pro social behaviour.
  • Teach ways to resolve conflict through peaceful problem solving.
  • Combat bullying or aggressive behaviour through a whole school approach.
  • Offer insights into the influence of feelings on behaviour.
  • Providing effective strategies to support troubled and challenging children.
  • Boost and maintain staff energy levels.

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With kind permission from Steph & Lauren, Yarm Primary School

What Children Say

“how much it helped”

“letting my feelings out”

“we give ideas to each other about how to make friends”

“seeing that you have things in common”

“if you have a problem you can talk about it”

“getting to tell people your problems and they listen”

“sharing somebody else’s problems”

“you can speak out and it won’t go anywhere else”

“During Circle Time we learn how to help and be respectful of others and how to co-operate with them”

“I got the chance to talk about things that were really bothering me and I got help and support from my class mates, I feel so much better now like a big weight has been taken off my shoulders”

Taken from Otago University New Zealand Research Nov 2008


Therese Hoyle

Leading UK Coach, Circle Time & Positive Playtime Expert,
Best Selling Author of 101 Playground Games & 101 Wet Playtime Games

Therese Hoyle has over 25 years’ teaching experience in mainstream, special and higher education. She is the founder and Head Facilitator of Therese Hoyle Consultancies (previously The Success Partnership Limited). Since 1996 Therese has worked nationally and internationally with over 450 schools and organisations and with more than 14,500 individuals inspiring them with Positive Playtime, Circle Time, Positive Parenting, Positive Behaviour Management, Emotional Literacy and Leadership Coaching programmes.

Her work in schools has been featured in a UK DfES, BBC Anti Bullying Video (never released), the national press and New Zealand’s Education Gazette. She is a feature writer for Teacher’s Matter Magazine, Australasia and Edventure Playtime Resources Catalogue.

Therese Hoyle


Recent Teachers Comments  –

” It gets right back to the heart of good teaching, building relationships”

” Kids love Circle Time and niggling aspects of classroom behaviour have diminished.”

” This is the best professional development I’ve ever done.”

“ Circle Time is spreading like a bush fire!”


Kudos & Raves for Therese’s Work

for Therese’s Circle Time:

With kind permission from Steph and Lauren from Yarm Primary School.

Therese you are truly inspirational. I was stunned by your skill and so was every single person who attended.

I know that finally I can develop a school that has emotionally literate children and staff who will have the skills, vocabulary and opportunity to indeed Keep Happy.

It was the best PD we have ever done -with full buy in from all staff.

I cannot thank you enough.

Marie Barrett, Headteacher, St John Bosco School

We found Therese’s day at school inspirational and motivating. Her style of working meant that everyone felt included and was able to actively participate, and leave feeling better informed, more confident, and ready for action! It was a great team-building day for all staff and helped everyone to work together with a greater understanding of our children’s’ daily needs.

We have initiated many of Therese’s Ideas already and children are reaping the benefits of more structured, cohesive play and lunch times.

I’m sure we’ll be in touch for further training! Regards

Pam Simpson Headteacher Kimpton, Thruxton and Fyfield C of E Primary School

Therese was contracted to implement in nine South Dunedin schools the “Flourishing Schools Programme” ( Formally known as the “Turn a Round Circle Time Programme.”) This required her to work with and guide over 120 teachers and support staff in nine schools. She used a range of professional development presentations to support each school to embrace and fully implement the programme.

Some five years on, the work Therese did has had a huge impact on and influenced thousand of students in the wider Dunedin and Otago areas.

Therese is an outstanding presenter and facilitator. Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Whetu Cormick School principal at Bathgate Park School

This was a great session and really re-ignited our staff’s enthusiasm for Circle Time. Therese was very proactive in adapting her training to meet the needs of our staff who deliver Circle Time to adolescents with ASD. Everyone engaged with her fun and open approach.

Grateley house School – April 2009

This is the best PD I have ever done. The day exceeded all expectations; everything was so relevant and down to earth. I feel inspired and uplifted and can’t wait to put all the ideas into practice in my classroom.

Maggie Jefferies Masterton

I learnt and grew during those 2 days, thank you!”

Lynda Jenkinson Waerenga- O -Kuri School, Gisborne

Therese was so positive and knowledgeable, so easy to listen to, calm and exciting at the same time. Loved the games and brain gym.

Fiona Low Deputy Principal, Marton School

Great style, thank you for catering for our specific needs and goals.

Margaret Stewart Marton

Therese modeled a Circle Time to us. She made the children feel comfortable and confident, was relaxed , encouraging and a very skillful questioner, great session. I can’t wait to implement it. Thank you for all the good ideas and the encouragement to start.

Linda Penfold Clifton School, Bulls

Super effective instructions, with great role modeling. It was fabulous! The Circle Time demonstration was positive and friendly, demonstrating clearly the stages and strategies utilised in circle time. I apprecaited all the new games I learnt and also watching how empowered the children were.

Lori Wyczawsk Clifton School

Awesome day, thank you so much. You met all our learning styles, were receptive to the audience, enjoyed our group and became part of it.

Julie Rowe. South Makirikiri School

Fantastic facilitator, very enthusiastic and full of life. Great strategies that will work well in my classroom and will really help me as a beginning teacher.

Heather warren, Marton

Therese was extremely open. We were able to feel relaxed with her approach. She made the children feel valued and confident. Fabulous.

J. Whithouse

Therese’s Circle Time Project in Masterton schools and it’s successes were featured in New Zealand’s Education Gazette in June 2006 and as Frazer Mailman from Masterton Intermediate said:

Circle Time is spreading like a bush fire!

South Dunedin Cluster of nine Schools – Turn a Round Circle Time Project – 2006 -2009

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