Passport for 9-11 year olds

Passport is a school based social emotional learning programme for 9 – 11 year olds. The programme is taught to the whole class by teachers trained in Passport in the UK and internationally.

Passport was created by Professor Brian Mishara at the University of Quebec at Montreal, who was also involved in the development of Zippy’s Friends.

The programme is based on the same theory as Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends – the Concept of Coping – 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.

The 17 sessions are divided into five modules which cover:

  • Emotions
  • Relationships
  • Difficult Situations
  • Fairness, Justice and What is Right
  • Change and Loss

Children develop their own positive strategies to deal with problems through engaging activities: reading the comic strips, discussion, role-play and games. They use the colourful game board to find as many solutions as possible. There are also Home Activities to reinforce learning at home with the family.

Evaluation found Passport improves children’s coping skills, social skills, emotional literacy, and academic skills.