England & Wales
Zippy’s Friends is running in eleven areas in England - Ashford (Kent), Southampton, Southwark, Spelthorne, West Surrey, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland – and also in the Girls’ Day School Trust, and in one special school, Sunfield in the West Midlands. In most cases the programme has been adopted by the local government, which has responsibility for all the state-funded schools in its area.
Zippy's Friends was launched in Northamptonshire schools in early 2010 as part of the Targeted Mental Health in Schools programme (TaMHS). An evaluation study by Educational Psychologist Kathryn Davidson has concluded that the programme has a positive effect on both individual children and whole schools. You can read the study here.
Although Zippy’s Friends is designed for whole-class use, the London Borough of Southwark has successfully run the programme in its Pupil Development Centres, where children with emotional and behavioural difficulties are taught in small groups.
Currently, only one school in Wales – Howell’s School, Llandaff – is running Zippy’s Friends, and it was the first private school to adopt the programme. The school is a member of the Girls’ Day School Trust, the largest group of independent schools in the UK, and several more of the Trust schools have now taken on Zippy’s Friends.
Find out more about Zippy’s Friends for children with special needs at Sunfield School.
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