The Centre for Solution Focused Practice

Schools and Education

BRIEF has worked extensively in Schools and in Education Services throughout the UK.

Training courses, team-focused work with staff groups even a two-day conference with plenaries and workshops for a Behaviour Support Service of 250 people have all been delivered.

In addition to School-based events BRIEF has run many courses over 20 years on the Solution Focused approach for teachers, pastoral staff, behaviour support staff, educational psychologists, education social workers, learning mentors and senior educational managers and advisors.

BRIEF has been at the heart of developing Education-based applications for the Solution Focused approach in the UK – anything and everything from 5 minute staff-room conversations to Solution Focused peer counselling, to positive gossiping, corridor power, going Beyond ‘Well Done’, to Solution Focused Behaviour Management.

To discuss the contribution that Solution Focused training could make to your school, service or department either email Sarah Hassan to discuss your training needs or phone +44 (0)20 7600 3366.

‘Just letting you know that I've had most of my follow-up meetings with the schools attending the course and the response has been amazing! The course was "the best course" many have ever been on! And, there are lots of ideas already being tried. The  enthusiasm is quite incredible and ideas already being used include, "just changing the way of speaking and thinking (just?)", solution-focused whole school assemblies, lots of using scales, interviewing staff, whole classes being taught to use scales, and ideas for the future include peer mentoring, training all heads of year and deputy heads of year for use with pupils, appraisal, designing modules for PHSE lessons, training school councils, using solution-focused questions at the beginning of staff meetings to boost morale in the run-up to inspections, to name but a few….. Many have taken an approach of using it themselves and pulling others into the process, while introducing specific and targeted training for key personnel when it's a "good time" and relevant for them and the school.  An excellent start and lots and lots of positive gossip for you including, fantastic presentation, excellent mix of activities, everyone made to feel comfortable and relaxed, relevant material, "not a minute where we weren't engaged",  excellent examples to illustrate, practice sessions being really useful……….lots of feedback about the food too….not so positive though!’
Manon Edwards 
Educational Psychologist
Gwynedd Education


Solution Focus in the Classroom?

Solution Focus has been adopted with enthusiasm in schools and education more broadly. Our friend Yasmin Ajmal gives us a host of examples to show how SF can be used by teachers in the classroom. Yasmin and Harvey Ratner have recently published Solution Focused Practice in Schools: 80 Ideas and Strategies and Harvey will be delivering a two-day programme Solution Focus in Education on 16th & 17th March in London.

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