Passport for 9-11 year olds
Passport is a social and emotional learning programme for 9-11 year olds which meets all elements of the Mental Wellbeing requirements of the statutory guidance for Relationships and Health Education for primary schools.
Passport has 18 sessions of 55 minutes and is based around a series of engaging comic strip stories which 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. Read about the evidence behind Passport and the impact the programme has had on children and teachers.
The five modules cover:
- 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.
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.
Staff who would like to deliver the Passport programme need to complete an online training session and purchase a subscription to the Passport resources on the Skills for Life online teaching platform.
See a sample session of Passport
- Are you based outside the UK? Find out about our work with international partners
Take a look at our other programmes:
- Zippy's Friends for ages 5-7
- Apple’s Friends for ages 7 to 9
- SPARK Resilience for ages 10 to 12
- Zippy's Friends for Pupils with Special Educational Needs
Interactive training includes:
- Philosophy and theory behind each programme
- Programme concepts and implications for children’s wellbeing
- Structure and content of each programme and the materials used to deliver it
- How to use the programmes as part of a whole school approach to mental wellbeing
The Skills for Life programmes run in a wide variety of countries and cultures across the globe. Our partner organisations range widely in size and character, from government departments and large NGOs to small voluntary agencies and academic institutions.
FREE Wellbeing Activities
These FREE wellbeing activities for schools, children and families are based on the Skills for Life programmes. The activities are designed to help children process feelings, communicate effectively, cope with their anxieties and difficulties and deal with change and loss. Activities can be downloaded and adapted for younger or older children and children with SEND.
The learning outcomes for the five modules in Passport:
To be able to identify, name and communicate what we are feeling in different situations, and to recognise the emotions that others may feel.
Session 0 - Beginning the adventure
To stimulate children’s interest in participating in Passport programme activities
Session 1 - Valuing our differences and similarities
To help children identify, appreciate and value their differences and similarities.
Session 2 - Understanding and expressing our emotions
To help children identify, name and talk about their own emotions, and to understand that we can sometimes feel different emotions at the same time.
Session 3 - Recognising other people’s feelings
To identify and then communicate our recognition of the emotions that someone else is feeling. To acknowledge that a person can feel more than one emotion at the same time, and that these emotions can sometimes be contradictory.
To identify how to make friends and to increase our coping skills for dealing with problems which may occur in relationships.
Session 1 - Helping each other and coping skills
To identify and evaluate coping skills which are focused on actions as well as those which are focused on emotions. To learn how to offer, ask for and accept help.
Session 2 - Friendship
To explore how to make and keep friends.
Session 3 - Challenges in friendship
To understand our reactions when we have to deal with rejection, abandonment and disappointment, and to identify coping strategies for dealing with these situations.
To identify and use coping skills that will create positive outcomes for ourselves and others in difficult situations.
Session 1 - Dealing with frustration
To identify our reactions and coping skills in frustrating situations or in situations where we do not get our own way.
Session 2 - Dealing with stress
To identify stress and how it feels inside, and to identify coping skills for dealing with it.
Session 3 - Dealing with conflict
To identify and practise different coping skills in situations that involve conflict.
To identify our emotions in unfair and unjust situations and to learn coping skills for dealing with them.
Session 1 - Unfairness in daily life.
To identify our feelings in unfair and unjust situations. To recognise our coping skills in these situations and to learn new ones. To help children to think about who can help them in different situations.
Session 2 - Dealing with bullying
To identify ways to react to bullying and, together, to be able to prevent situations involving bullying.
Session 3 - Unfairness and injustice in the world
To identify our emotions when dealing with injustice and to find coping skills for dealing with these situations.
To identify our emotions when dealing with change and loss, and to find coping strategies to use in these situations.
Session 1 - Coping with change
To explore the consequences of change, our reactions to change, and to learn coping strategies for dealing with it.
Session 2 - Coping with loss
To identify our reactions to death and to learn strategies for coping with it.
Session 3 - Helping others in difficult situations
To learn how to help a friend dealing with grief or loss. To understand the difference between situations we can change and those we cannot.
Session 4 - Let’s review
To review everything we have learned in Passport.
Session 5 - Celebration!
To celebrate what we have learned in Passport.