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16th November 2015

TheBug Archie audio files are now playable again.



UPDATE for our 'What's the Buzz?' community


The preliminary results for the world-first clinical trial on the efficacy of the 'What's the Buzz? Social and Emotional Literacy program' have now been collated and evaluated. The trial ran for the first 6 months of 2018 and 2,000 school students aged from 4 to 10 years of age, educators and parents took part. Feedback was sought from each group. Experimental and control groups were compared, and all 16 lessons from the EARLY LEARNER's program were used.

Teachers scored students higher in self-awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making after completing a 'What's the Buzz?' group compared to those students in the control group who did not participate in a 'What's the Buzz? program. Furthermore, the improvement in responsible decision making was statistically significant.

At this time (December 2019), the results from parents and students are still being evaluated, although the early indications look just as strong as the teacher feedback. 'What's the Buzz?' can now be considered as a rigorously evaluated evidenced based program.


'What's the Buzz? with Teenagers' (ages 11 to 15 years) remains due for release in March 2019. It is now with Routledge, our publishers. It is a deep resource so that each chapter can revisited 4, 5 or 6 times with students. Each lesson begins with an Archie story and Archie will be about 13 years old. There will be 10 chapters in the book and an additional 6 online.

Currently we are writing a second edition of 'What's the Buzz?' for PRIMARY STUDENTS (ages 9 to 11 years). We're working on it with great enthusiasm and haste! It will be a 50% rewrite and each of the 16 lessons will also have an Archie story in them for the first time. Archie will be about 11 years old, and this book will be released early in May 2019.

This means educators in schools, and allied health professionals, will have 3 'What's the Buzz?' programs to choose from;

'What's the Buzz?' for EARLY LEARNERS (ages 5 to 8 years)
'What's the Buzz?' for PRIMARY STUDENTS (ages 9 to 11 years)
'What's the Buzz?' for OLDER STUDENTS (ages 11 to 15 years)

To keep you in the picture, here is a sample chapter from each of the programs. Feel free to share with colleagues and use the new ones. Just click below and enjoy;

What's the Buzz? for Early Learners

'What's the Buzz?' for EARLY LEARNERS (ages 5 to 8 years)
Lesson 12 of 16; Honesty - 'telling the truth'

Click here to download the chapter


What's the Buzz? for Primary Students

'What's the Buzz?' for PRIMARY STUDENTS – Revised edition (ages 9 to 11 years)
Lesson 10 of 16; Empathy, responding to others – 'Did you think about us?'

Click here to download the chapter


What's the Buzz? for Older Students

'What's the Buzz?' for OLDER STUDENTS – book (ages 11 to 15 years)
Lesson 13; Charity: acts of kindness – 'More than meat pies'
This is a comprehensive RESOURCE BOOK with 10 Chapters. The wide-ranging content means educators can revisit each lesson 4 or 5 times while staying with the same theme. A further 6 chapters will be available online.

Click here to download the chapter


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In 2011, 'What's the Buzz? A social skills enrichment programme for primary students', was released and quickly found its way into dozens of countries and hundreds of schools and organisations. This 16 lesson highly structured, role-play and play-based program was designed to teach children how to think socially and make friendship work. The programme engages children into feeling friendship together, it encourages them to see it, taste it, smell it and laugh with each other. It connects young people and offers them the skills to belong.


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'What’s the Buzz? for Early Learners: A complete social skills foundation course' is new (2015), and follows the same celebrated play-based and role-play format as its predecessor. It's built for teachers, school support workers, parents, care givers, and a range of allied health professionals to awaken social consciousness in youngsters. Over 16 lessons students become immersed in a variety of essential relational skills, stimulated by the experiences of our much-loved character, Archie. In each lesson the children help Archie solve the very same social dilemmas that occur in their everyday lives. As they do this, through activity, discussion, role-play and quizzes, they'll learn how-to become a better friend and a more flexible social thinker.


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