CHILDREN + YOUNG PEOPLE

Building Relationship Resilience – Primary school programme


The Spark’s Primary School Building Relationship Resilience programme aims to improve the social, mental and emotional well-being of children in P6 and P7. Focussing on the characteristics of healthy relationships, the programme equips children to understand the benefits of positive relationships.

The importance of positive relationships for children


Research by Harvard University has demonstrated that our social connections are really good for us.

Their 75-year study of wellbeing in the USA concludes that positive, quality relationships keep us happier and healthier, and that loneliness kills. In terms of both our physical health and mental health.

Based on this research and The Spark’s collective experience in relationship support, we developed a programme to capture the full spectrum of relationships – positive and negative. The programme looks at the positive impact these relationships can have on the emotional and mental well-being of children in P6/P7.

Programme content


The Primary School Building Relationship Resilience programme covers:

  • Identifying the range of relationships children will have and what makes these relationships positive for their mental, social and emotional well-being.
  • Examining relationships with peers and close friendships; developing skills and understanding when relationships can be complicated and challenging.
  • Considering family and the transitions and changing relationships with the people they live with.
  • Community: identifying the relationships children will have within their community (online or face to face) and discussing how these relationships are linked to our social wellbeing
  • Challenging relationships (e.g. bullies), and
  • Practical ways to improve the quality of these relationships.

Building Relationship Resilience programme delivery


Building Relationship Resilience is delivered over six weeks with each session lasting one hour. The Spark’s Children and Young People Team (CYP) use a combination of interactive activities and group discussions, encouraging children to participate and share their own experiences.

The Building Relationship Resilience programme provides a safe environment where children are able to learn from their peers, practice the techniques taught and form positive relationships with class-mates.

Building Relationship Resilience in your Primary School


To find out more about The Spark’s Primary School Building Relationship Resilience programme and how it can benefit your school, get in touch.

Contact the CYP Team by completing an enquiry form.