Introduction to Circle Solutions (Circle Time)


Delivered by Bill as an Associate of Sue Roffey


To book this workshop please contact Bill Hansberry

Circle Time is not just a program: it is a democratic and respectful pedagogy to develop social/emotional skills and a positive class ethos. Schools wishing to develop a Restorative culture cannot do so without ensuring that Circle Time is a regular occurrence in all classrooms.


Circle Time is not Restorative Justice. It does however equip young people with the skills they will use in a Restorative school. Read more about the important differences between Circle Time and Restorative Justice Processes.


  • Circle Solutions builds resilience and mental health

  • Circle Solutions enables all voices to be heard so maximises inclusion and participation

  • Circle Solutions promotes empathy, reduces bullying and fosters belonging. Circle  Solutions focuses on both the reflective and the fun in learning.


This full day workshop (9.30am - 3.30pm) will equip participants with all they need to begin and sustain Circles successfully with a class or youth group. We will:


  • introduce the philosophy and principles underpinning Circles

  • give participants the opportunity to experience a range of Circle activities and learn how to run a Circle Solutions session

  • outline recent research on maximising the effectiveness of Circle Solutions

  • report on what teachers and students say about the differences it makes

  • give opportunities to ask questions and explore issues

  • provide information on resources


DEVELOPER: Dr. Sue Roffey is a teacher, educational psychologist and academic. She has researched and written extensively on issues about behaviour and wellbeing in school.


“An engaging presentation, hands on and direct. Bill was excellent as a facilitator.”


Head of House - Mount Carmel College SA.

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