The Friendship Formula is designed to help students aged 8–13 develop their communication and relationship skills. Such focused intervention has proven to yield better results when it includes the peers and family of the targeted pupils, so this unique programme encourages such involvement, including letters home and questionnaires for parents, as well as promoting peer education and whole-school awareness of the issues explored. The Friendship Formula is designed to last a full school year and consists of 40 sessions, divided into four units focusing on:
• Self-awareness and self-esteem
• Emotional awareness and regulation
• Conversational skills
• Friendship and relationship skills.
Each session includes detailed notes for the adult facilitator, practical activities, games and role-plays as well as photocopiable worksheets. Throughout the programme, students work towards creating an ‘All About Me’ book which helps them learn about and respect themselves and others. The Friendship Formula is designed for use with groups of 5–8 children but can also be adapted for larger groups.