Sibs Talk pilot
Sibs Talk is a one-to-one support intervention for pupils in Key Stage 2 who are growing up with a brother or sister who is disabled or has special educational needs or a serious long-term condition. We are currently able to pilot it free for a limited number of primary schools.
Many schools are working with pupils who are having problems at school because of their sibling experiences. Sibs Talk has been specifically designed, in consultation with siblings and schools, to help your school support these siblings.
What is Sibs Talk?
Sibs Talk is a one-to-one support intervention for school staff to use with siblings in Key Stage 2. Its purpose is to improve siblings’ wellbeing and their engagement with learning. It is an activity booklet where each page is a short session for the sibling to work through with a member of staff. There are ten sessions that can be spread out over a term.
The activities in the booklet aim to:
- Normalise the experiences that siblings have growing up in their families
- Acknowledge the feelings that siblings have about their lives
- Teach siblings coping strategies for dealing with difficult situations
- Enable schools to make positive changes that enhance siblings’ school life.
How does Sibs Talk fit with other school initiatives?
Sibs Talk links in with the following policies and initiatives in schools:
- Developing wellbeing and resilience
- Identifying young carers
- Celebrating difference and diversity
- Anti-bullying and safeguarding
- SEND support.
How do we take part in the Sibs Talk pilot?
Sibs Talk is part of a research project being evaluated by the University of Warwick as it is important that schools have an evidence-based approach to supporting siblings. The Sibs Talk package includes staff training, a staff instruction manual, activity booklets for siblings and the evaluation materials. It is free to a limited number of primary schools.
What we can do to support your school
• Advise you on how to identify the siblings that attend your school
• Provide our new Sibs Talk activity booklets for all of these siblings
• Train two members of staff on how to use these booklets with siblings
• Support siblings at your school through our YoungSibs online service
• Collect data about sibling wellbeing and attainment with the University of Warwick
• Evaluate the use of the booklets and provide you with a report on this
• Involve you in publications about best practice on supporting siblings in schools.
What commitment do we expect from your school?
We want you to:
• Identify a minimum of 10 siblings to work through the new Sibs Talk activity booklets
• Agree to two staff members leading on the work, one of whom needs to be
• Allocate two hours of staff time for training on using the booklets
• Provide Sibs with the data to evaluate the effectiveness of the project
• Work within the project timescales set in agreement with Sibs.
We would love to have your primary school on board with this project.
To arrange a phone call to discuss Sibs Talk email firstname.lastname@example.org