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Thank you to Devon and the team at Thomas Alleynes Academy who kindly hosted DSPL2's Solution Circle on 14th February. We were delighted to be joined by new professionals in the team:

  • Luke Simonds from Nessie
  • Sharon Knight from Woolgrove Outreach
  • Ruth Jackson from the Mental Health Support Team
  • Emma Watkins from the Inclusion Team

We supported colleagues to plan next steps for a year 2 pupil with needs around accessing learning, a year 10 young person with SEMH needs, a year 8 young person who is finding school expecations challenging and a year 7 young person who might be vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

If you would like to some support to plan some next steps for a young person, we'd love you to join us on 20th March between 1.30 and 3pm.

Bookings via eventbrite:



A creative problem solving tool.


Solution circles are tools of “community capacity”. It assumes and demonstrates that nearby people- in any community or workplace have the capacity to help- if asked.


Step 1:

Problem presenter outlines the problem.

Step 2:

Brainstorm: everyone shares ideas/creative solutions to what they have just heard.

Step 3:

Group discussion, focusing on five positive points.

Step 4:

The first step. The focus person and the group decide on first steps that are doable in the next 3 days. At least one should be initiated within 24 hours.



It doesn’t guarantee a solution but it usually gets people “unstuck” and at least points to a logical next step.




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