Our Skills for Life programmes
We produce programmes for schools that teach children skills for life: how to cope with everyday difficulties, how to communicate with and get on with other people, and build self-awareness and emotional resilience. Our programmes are suitable for all children, and are evidence-based. They are widely used both in the UK and in over 30 countries around the world.
Zippy’s Friends is story based and has 24 sessions of 45 minutes. The programme is suitable for children of all abilities. Children develop their own positive strategies to deal with problems through engaging activities: listening to stories, discussion, games, role-play and drawing.
Other programmes give children life-jackets; Zippy’s Friends teaches them how to swim.
Apple’s Friends is based around a series of stories and the programme has 24 sessions of 45 minutes. The programme is suitable for children of all abilities. Children develop their own positive strategies to deal with problems through engaging activities: listening to stories, discussion, games, role-play and drawing.
My personal THANKS for Apple Friend’s. I am a 55 year old teacher and this program has even taught me to find different ways out of difficult situations.
Passport is based on the same theory as Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends but looks quite different. Engaging comic strip stories follow the adventures of Olya and Milo as they discover a secret world of fantastical creatures in the company of their friend, Elly the dragon.
Conflicts in the playground are fewer. They form friendships much easier and we have had lots of positive feedback from parents.
SPARK Resilience draws on mindfulness, positive psychology and cognitive behavioural therapy to give children skills to boost their strengths, control strong emotions and reframe habitual ways of thinking. Evaluation of the programme found it boosted resilience and helped prevent depression.
SPARK Resilience gives us a framework within which to talk about resilience – helping them to see resilience is actually very important for social situations they face everyday.
Zippy's Friends for Pupils with SEND
Zippy’s Friends for Pupils with SEND was developed in collaboration with special schools with support from the National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools. The adapted activities help pupils with SEND to increase their coping and social skills.
‘I think we can all help each other and it is okay to get help.
Not everyone has the answers’
Child in foster care, Croydon
Skills for Life programme costs
All teaching staff must attend the 2.5 hour live online training
Online Teaching Platform subscription
You can teach the Skills for Life programmes directly from the Online Teaching Platform. You will need to complete the online training before subscribing.
Printed teaching resources
Yearly Subscription Includes:
Full access to online teaching platform
Live online training for up to two teaching staff
Access to ongoing support and programme updates