121 Listening

NISCU’s 121 Listening service trains volunteers to listen to young people in a schools context, and then places them in their local school to support the pastoral work.

Can you help your young people by listening?

“Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world.”

— Cuban Proverb

Be effective in supporting your school

We can train you to be effective listeners in your school community.

Find out more about our training below

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.”

— Ralph Nichols


121 Listening

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Winston Churchill

What is it about?

121 Listening is a service that NISCU oversees in providing volunteers to schools for the simple task of listening to pupils in a school context.

We work alongside school pastoral teams to support the ongoing work within the school.

We take local volunteers, and train them to listen using Acorn Listening services model of effective listening, and then apply it specifically to a schools context.

For more information why not view our training overview

What training is needed?

Course dates:


Next course training dates:

Day 1 – Acorn Effective Listening

none at present​


Day 2 – Acorn Effective Listening

none at present

if you are interested in attending any of our events please contact nick.klein@niscu.org.uk


Further available resources:

Click here to access our 'Guide for parents' flyer

Click here to access our 'Guide for teachers' flyer

Click here to read the Spring 2022 publication of 'Listen Up'