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The use of circle time in schools developed from quality circles which have been used in industry for many years. Jenny Mosley, who has done much to popularise its use says that it was used in industry,
"to overcome the gulf that can develop between management and the shop floor... the reputation for quality which Japan enjoys can be attributed largely to the widespread use of the approach". Circle time also has roots in social group work and in solution
focussed therapeutic approaches.
The method is now in widespread use in schools across the UK. In Scotland many primary schools use the method regularly and it is starting to be introduced into secondary schools. There is an increasing
awareness of its benefits as part of a whole school policy aimed at creating a positive ethos and dealing more effectively with problems such as bullying. It can be used with young people of any age providing it is introduced carefully and with the backing
of resources and techniques which are suited to the age and stage of the young people involved. The references at the end of this sheet provide a starting point for those interested in introducing circle time to their classrooms.
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