member login contact link

The (tongue-in-cheek) Belbin Team Role Guide to the Primary School Nativity


Which Belbin Team Role:


… is the one helping at the PTFA mince pie and mulled wine stall again, even though their child isn’t in the nativity this year (although after the Christmas Fayre fleecing, you do wonder whether the PTFA aren’t quite embracing the Christmas spirit)?

… has been there since 5pm with their coats bagging the entire front row so that they can see little Susan, aka Mary, sing along to Little Donkey. They will be loudly applauding at every opportunity.

… flies in at the last minute, still on their phone and proceeds to Tweet/Insta every ‘adorable’ moment #itschristmas #ourbabiesfirstnativity

… is looking at the programme to check the timings, and using a highlighter to make sure they know when little Johnny will be making an appearance?  Fully charged their phone beforehand so that they know they will be able to record the whole show.

… is frantically making tinsel halos for Year 4 backstage, whilst trying to ensure the donkeys tail is correctly fastened? Doesn’t want to make the same mistakes as last year – someone miscalculated the number of halos needed which meant that some children (adults) were not happy. And the donkeys tail fell off in the manger.

… has decided to give the traditional nativity story a bit of a twist this year? The challenge was to make it all inclusive and slightly less dull than previous years. No-one really knows which animals were actually there, and who’s to say that a travelling circus wasn’t in town? At least everyone has a part…

… has thought that on reflection it is better to sit towards the back of the hall where the acoustics are slightly better. Rates everyone’s performance out of ten so that they remain unbiased when it comes to their child’s turn.

… is in charge of the lights and the sound? Their face lit up when presented with the rather thick instruction manual, and they have completed the online course to show they have achieved the standards required.

… presents all the gifts to the hard-working teachers and volunteers (purchased by the same person who is still selling the mince pies and mulled wine), gives a rousing speech about the meaning of Christmas, takes the applause, and then leaves everyone else to tidy up?


Answers on a postcard please to [email protected]

P.S. Apologies for any offence caused - this was written by a mother of three (ages 14, 13 and 10) who is only just coming out the other side... We know the PTFA are fabulous.

(Remember we are all a wonderful mix of all these nine Belbin Team Roles - this is just for a bit of Christmas fun!) 

Related reading

A Case Study  Anthony O'Hara is an Organisational Development Business Partner at FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies (FDB). His role requires him to be the organisation’s critical friend – he works to help the business improve through utilising the people within it for best performance. As a Belbin Accredited Practitioner, I intended to ask him about his work with Belbin tools but you’ll see that we talked about so much more than just that!

Team Work in Care Homes: In a care home setting, team work is key in offering consistent, high quality care to residents. The majority of care home employees rely on one another to do their jobs effectively; the better a team works together the better results they produce. Tracy Powley explains the theory behind team work and discusses how to help a team work well together.

An Overview of the Belbin Reports To help us identify which combination of the Team Roles a person exhibits, we produce personalised behavioural Reports for both individuals and teams. These Reports identify which of the nine key clusters of behaviour (or Team Roles) crucial to the success of a team or project individuals prefer, and pinpoint strengths and weaknesses. The starting point is the Belbin Individual Report which identifies which combination of the nine Team Roles an individual exhibits...

Discover individual and team strengths using Belbin Team Role reports

Belbin Individual Reports

Before you can analyse your teams, you need to look at each individual's contribution. So, the first thing you will need to do is to generate a Belbin Individual report for each member of the team.

Find out more

Belbin Team Reports

Whether you're forming a new team, introducing new people to an existing team, or trying to resolve issues within a team, a Belbin Team report can help you to manage it.

Discover more

Why Use Belbin?

Belbin Team Roles are used to identify behavioural strengths and weaknesses in the workplace. Whether developing people, resolving conflict or fine-tuning high performance...

Read more

Belbin Training and Workshops

Practical Belbin Workshop

A 'train the trainer' hands-on workshop to help you understand how to use Belbin Team Roles - to help you, your managers, teams and organisation!

Find out more

Team Workshops

If you are experiencing problems with particular people or teams, then a Belbin workshop could be the answer.

Discover more

Belbin Accreditation

Belbin Team Role Accreditation is recommended for anyone who wants to use Belbin Team Roles to improve the performance of teams, and maximise working relationships.