Nonviolent Communication in Education [often referred to as Compassionate Communication]

While educational innovation is not easy, I see it as a powerful way to achieve peace on this planet. If future generations can be educated in schools structured so that everyone’s needs are valued, I believe they will be better able to create life-serving families, workplaces, and governments.
(Marshall Rosenberg, Life-Serving Education)

Led by: Penny Vine, international certified Nonviolent Communication Trainer.

This event will be a unique 5 day opportunity to immerse yourself in the principles and practice of Nonviolent Communication.
Nonviolent Communication training and practice in school communities helps teachers, administrators, children, and parents make school a place where children love to learn, teachers love to teach, and where parents feel confident that their children’s needs—for safety, respect, and learning—can be met.
We know of hundreds of schools around the world that have been introduced to NVC. In many of these schools, teachers, administrators, parents, and children have put it into practice with many of the following reported results:

• Fewer conflicts
• Increased skill in mediating conflicts that arise
• More listening to one another
• Mutual respect among all school members
• Children take responsibility for their learning
• More engaged learning
• Less resistance & more cooperation
• More fun for everyone
• Children and teachers feel safe at school

We will use the No Fault Game to explore NVC.

Contact me if you would like to read a report on how NVC has supported children, parents and teachers in a school [6-16 yrs]. This school has attracted positive government attention. It has embedded NVC principles for the last 16 years and insights and lessons learned have been shared in many countries.

Who is the course for?
The course is for teachers and leaders in education wanting to embed the principles of Nonviolent Communication into their practice. The course will be open to people in the UK, Europe and the global community.

What age groups will the course be aimed at?
The course will be aimed at those teachers working with children aged 0 – 13 yrs and will take into consideration the developmental stages and brain development during this age span.

How will the course be organised each day?
[Timings may change slightly on the days when visits to schools are planned]
The course will begin on:

Day 1 in Leeds 9 am – 5 pm
On Day 2 there will be a visit to a school in Manchester starting at 10.30 am to allow for travel, and will continue back in Leeds from 4 pm until 7 pm. The evening seesion will be an opportunity for reflection and harvesting of learning.
Day 3 will be a full day training in Leeds 9 am – 5 pm
On Day 4 there will be 2 visits to local schools from 9 am – 12.30 pm and 2 pm – 5.30 pm followed by reflection and harvesting of learning back in Leeds from 7 pm – 8.30 pm
Day 5 will be a full day training in Leeds 9 am – 5 pm

What will be covered over the 5 days?

Day 1: How do we want to live and learn together? [There is a lot of content here on Day 1 and I will hold the needs and energies of the group. There is room to carry over principles and practice as part of our reflection work and at the start of each day]
– What is my intention underpinning all that I do and say?
– What is Nonviolent Communication?
– Coming together to co-create the compassionate classroom based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication
– Exploring the most important question of all: How do we want to live and learn together?
– Creating life-serving agreements that support children and teachers in developing safety and trust as a foundation for the learning environment
– Taking care of myself: Self-empathy – a life-saving tool for everyday life and particularly when challenges call

Day 2: An opportunity for inspiration, learning and deep reflection
– Visit to Manchester School
– This school is based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication and is based in a
wood! Learning takes place in the outdoors and there is an emphasis on play as a medium for learning.
– Time for reflection and harvesting of learning from our visit, back in Leeds

Day 3: How do I remain understanding and compassionate in a busy classroom setting?
– An introduction to child and brain development and the impact of stress on the young child’s brain
– The importance of creating empathic listening systems within ourselves and externally within the environment
– Responding with care whilst setting protective limits when children say “No!”
– Mediating and resolving conflict with children

Day 4: An opportunity for inspiration, learning and deep reflection
– There will be 2 visits to 2 different local schools followed by reflection and harvesting of learning back in Leeds from
One school is based on the principles of Reggio Emilia which was very heavily influenced by Nonviolent Communication in the very early days of NVC. . The learning environment is exceptional and awe inspiring and has inspired many nationally. The location is in an area with high levels of economic deprivation.
– The other school is led by a highly inspirational head teacher whose work has inspired many nationally. This school is, again, in an area with high levels of economic deprivation. In 2011 the school became one of the 16 National Early Years Teaching Centres (EYTC) working in partnership with the 7 other Nursery Schools in Bradford to share good practice.

Day 5: An opportunity for reflection, making concrete and practical steps to return home and what do we do when NOTHING seems to work? AND an opportunity to CELEBRATE!
– What do we do when mediation and our best efforts don’t work? This is a key bit of learning that keeps the safety of ALL at the forefront of all that we do
– Celebrating children’s and teacher’s gifts: Offering alternatives to praise and reward that can stifle intrinsic motivation and recognising the importance of recognition and feedback for ALL in our learning communities.
– An opportunity to reflect on our learning and create an action plan to take back to our settings.

Penny’s approach to working with groups:
When I work with groups of people my key intention is to co-create:
– A learning community where we can learn from and with each other
– A playful, and deeply reflective, approach to learning that enables us to experience the joy of being together An environment where people experience a deep sense of belonging, safety and trust
– An environment where we might grapple with and explore challenging questions which might stretch and offer us insights both personally and in our work situations

A key question underpinning all my work is:
How do we humans want to live and learn in our families, our schools, our communities, in our work and in and in our play?

During our time together we will explore NVC through the medium of the NO Fault Zone Game. This unique tool offers an experiential opportunity to explore NVC. It was developed by Sura Hart and Victoria Hindle Hodson. See the game in action at:

£1045 to include accommodation, transport to and from the Travelodge Colton to the training venue, transport costs for the 3 visits to schools and food which will include breakfast, lunch and a light evening meal.

If you do not require accommodation the cost will be £852

Accommodation will be offered at the Travelodge, Colton

To find out more or to book contact me 

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