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'Buddy Up!' Pupil Programmes

‘Buddy Up!‘ is a whole-school model that engages children, school staff and parents/carers in meaningful relationships across schools. The ‘Buddy Up!’ model aligns with curriculum and PD&MU themes.

At the centre of each ‘Buddy Up!’ programme are the pupils. Children from two different schools are paired together for the duration of the programme, giving each child a secure and supportive relationship.

'Buddy Up!' Pupil Programmes: Who We Are

We Can Still 'Buddy Up!'

Our 'Buddy Up!' pupil programmes continue despite the fact that school partnerships and their pupils cannot come together physically.
To celebrate our first term of remote programmes, we asked some participating schools to join us in a song and here is the result!

Thanks to Edenderry Nursery School, Holy Cross Nursery School, Model Primary School & St Eugene's Primary School for their enthusiasm and participation.

Celebrating Diversity 

Key Stage 1

Celebrating Diversity is a Key Stage 1 programme that builds relationships between classes from different schools.
It explores themes such as identity, emotion, empathy & diversity, in energising shared sessions.
Across the 2019/2020 school year, around 680 pupils, 65 school staff members, and 180 parents/carers have taken part in Celebrating Diversity.

Knowing Me, Knowing You

Key Stage 2

Knowing Me, Knowing You is a Key Stage 2 programme that allows pupils from different schools and backgrounds to explore their identities and communities in fun shared sessions.

Across the 2019/2020 school year, around 250 pupils and 15 school staff members have taken part in Knowing Me, Knowing You.

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P3 Teacher

"A fantastic opportunity for children where they can make new friends from different backgrounds. Encourages acceptance of others, celebration of differences, and empathy."

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