Learning for Peace

A guide to developing outstanding SMSC in your Primary SchoolLearning for Peace

Learning for Peace includes a book and website for primary schools wanting to bring fresh approaches to pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. SMSC dovetails with the core ideas of Education for Peace which are presented through 5 themes – Inner Peace, Peaceful Choices, Peaceful Actions and Behaviours; Peaceful Relationships and Peaceful Communities.

Part 1 of the resource, Foundation for Peace, explores this relationship and includes ideas for planning around a spiral curriculum. Part 2 is the Toolkit which shares approaches, games and activities which we use in schools on a daily basis.  As Peacemakers approaches our 30th birthday, this resource shares a wealth of experience and expertise.

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What people are saying about it

“This is a highly accessible, valuable resource with a core message that is pertinent for all primary schools. The materials included are clearly structured and will enable staff to feel more confident about managing this essential aspect of teaching and learning. Thoughtfully designed activities will help to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural life of both pupils and the wider school community. The use of research and theory to underpin the rationales for the Learning through Peace approach establishes a credible evidence base.” Claire Scott, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Derby

“This is a fantastic guide which has inspired the staff at Stoke Primary School to become creative with circle time activities. This will support the development of SMSC for every individual in our school therefore moving us in the direction of outstanding within this area. The guide is easy to follow and implement into our everyday timetable.” Teacher, Stoke Primary School, Coventry

“The lessons made me feel more confident and I have different thoughts about different people in my class, better thoughts.” Year 4 Pupil

“I use things we have practised in Peacemakers at home and in the playground and Peacemakers have helped me conquer some fears.” Year 5 Pupil

“I’ve gained people skills and to be assertive which is really helpful.” Year 5 Pupil

“Outstanding outcomes can only truly be achieved when children really know themselves. This resource provides a practical, but truly reflective approach to SMSC. A ground-breaking piece of work that will embed core values and transform the relationships of your school.” Carol Phillips (Principal) Erdington Hall Primary School, Birmingham, UK

“There can be few things that are more important in life than learning how to deal effectively with conflict, and how to promote a culture of peace. This book does both.“ Dr Hilary Cremin (Senior Lecturer) University of Cambridge, UK

Experience Learning for Peace first hand

Our trainers can visit your school to share the approaches and help with planning for this work.  We can:

  • Work with the whole staff team in a half day or over two twilights.
  • Model our approaches with children and then with staff in a twilight session at the end of the day.
  • Offer coaching for staff to be able to effectively run the activities with children and support them to train the rest of your staff.

Prices start from £450, plus travel where applicable and this includes a copy of the book.  Please contact us for further details: info@peacemakers.org.uk

How to order




  • Invoice – if your school would like an invoice, please email adrian@peacemakers.org.uk with your contact information and purchase order number.
  • Bulk Orders – if you would like to order six copies or more, there is a discounted price of £20 per book. Please email adrian@peacemakers.org.uk with the quantity you require.
  • Quaker meetings: in May 2016 we wrote to all Quaker meetings in England inviting them to buy Learning for Peace as a gift for their local primary school. Local meetings can still order books for this purpose and adapt this template letter when writing to their local school.