Circle Time is a group oriented way of learning that is based on core values, has rules and uses a method (pedagogy), The values include mutual respect, equal opportunity and inclusiveness. These values are reflected in the rules and the method. It is the method that differentiates Circle Time from other ways of a group sitting in a circle together. The method is a collection of teaching strategies that ensure that all students have equal opportunities within the circle.
Circle Time is an effective way of teaching Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Character Education, as well as being a method that promotes safety, inclusiveness, fun, team work and deep thinking. Circle Time can have a profound impact on the ethos of a school, through enhanced inter and intra personal skills and improved emotional wellbeing of pupils.
The Circle Time approach has been adopted very widely in the UK and is increasingly popular in schools across Australia and New Zealand.