What is Peer Mediation?
Peer mediation is a conflict resolution technique that trains school children as volunteer mediators to work with their peers. The curriculum-based scheme is supported by school staff who also receive mediation skills training. A qualified staff member has worked with pupils to set up a Peer Mediation Scheme through which the volunteer mediators work with their peers to help resolve low level conflicts, address bullying, and prevent fights.
Our Peer Mediation Programme has proved to be a powerful, positive initiative because it offers effective life skills, conflict resolution tools and support to anti-bullying strategies. We use a whole school approach so that these simple, transferable skills are practised and lived by everyone in school in order to maximise their value.
Has it made a difference?
Since introducing Peer Mediation, we have seen many positive changes, including:
– a more relaxed and positive learning environment
– reduced staff time in dealing with pupil conflicts
– a reduction in the incidence of behavioural problems and bullying
– a reduction in truancy
All these messages tell us that our Peer Mediators are doing an excellent job in helping children get along better.
Would you like to become a Peer Mediator?
If you are interested in being part of the Peer Mediation Team please speak to your class teacher who will be able to give you some more information.