Pupils who are chosen to be our peer mediators come from year 4 and year 6. They are trained in conflict resolution techniques to help resolve low level conflicts, address and report bullying, and prevent arguments in the playground.
We believe that our Peer Mediation programme is a powerful, positive initiative because it offers effective life skills, conflict resolution tools and supports anti-bullying strategies. This is a whole school approach supported by our Restorative Approach to behaviour and relationships. Our peer mediators are called and are made up of a group of children from year 4 and 5.
How do I apply to become a Peer Mediator?
1. Complete our application form for the post.
2. Mrs Dawes (Deputy Headteacher) will review the application forms with the Senior Leadership Team and select 10-12 peer mediators.
3. The children then take part in a series of training sessions. This training teaches the newly appointed mediators the correct strategies to resolve conflicts.
4. Towards the end of the year, new applicants for the peer mediators role will shadow the current Year 4 and 5 mediators in the playground to gain invaluable hands-on experience.
5. Once recruited and trained, the children will be introduced to the school during an assembly.
What does the job involve?
Children in the playground, at times, feel they would rather ask another pupil to help them resolve their issues in the playground. The mediation process involves two mediators sitting in a quiet area with the children involved and finding a resolution. If the mediators feel they are not equipped to deal with the conflict then it is referred to a member of staff. However, our mediators often find that they are able to resolve the situations themselves. Please note that physical altercations are always dealt with by a member of staff.
Mediators are required to keep a record of any conflict resolution that occurs in the playground. There is a book where entries should be logged at the end of every lunchtime.
What support is given to Peer Mediators?
Due to the nature of this job and the fact that it can sometimes be demanding, support is always on hand. Meetings are held to discuss which strategies are successful when resolving conflicts and any areas in which they require some support. Children also have the opportunity in the year to meet with Miss Forrest to evaluate how they are doing in their roles, and have the added opportunity of airing their views.
Our mediators in the past say their important role has been extremely beneficial to the children in the playground as well as themselves. The children’s confidence has improved, and we think they all do a fantastic job!