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Zippy's Friends survey

Congratulations to Tewkesbury Primary School who won a £250 Entertainer voucher!

In our last newsletter in Summer 2017 we asked for your feedback on running Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends. We received feedback from over 70 schools. Such feedback is invaluable and helps us to develop and improve the programme, so many thanks to all those who took the time to complete the survey. All schools were entered into a prize draw.

Congratulations to Tewkesbury Primary School who won a £250 Entertainer voucher.

Here are some responses from the survey which help remind us why it is important to find time in the week for this lesson. 

Children

  • Enjoyment: 98% of teachers agreed that all children enjoyed Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends sessions, which many teachers noted was due to children feeling empowered to join in and have their voices heard.

“Children enjoy sharing their similar experiences to those of characters in Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends”

  • Coping: 87% of teachers agreed that children are better at dealing with their feelings and dealing with difficult situations since taking part in Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends.

“A shy sensitive child in my class has become more confident and is now able to verbalize their feelings”

“The programme addresses sensitive issues that aren’t usually dealt with in the classroom such as bereavement”

“ The programmes have helped children to recognise signs of emotion in their own bodies and use strategies if the feeling is not so pleasant”

“ Children who struggle building friendship groups are now more confident at building relationships with their peers”

Teachers

  • Programme delivery: 81% of teachers agreed that they feel excited and engaged when teaching Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends
  • Whole class approach: 87% of teachers agreed Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends are suitable for all children regardless of ability and are very inclusive
  • Resources: 96% of teachers agreed that the Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends materials and resources were useful

 “The structure, lesson plans and resources make delivering the programme straightforward”

  • Behaviour: 65% of teachers felt the programmes improved the children’s behaviour

Outside the classroom

  • 68% of teachers agreed that benefits had been noticed outside the classroom

“Parents have noted that children are more open and honest with them”

“Parents have told me their children are now able to resolve conflicts with siblings rather than argue”