Our bespoke Peer Mediator program trains pupils in conflict resolution and offers valuable life skills to help sort out problems during playtimes.
Our children take these roles very seriously. The Peer Mediation program is designed for pupils in Y5 moving into Y6
The aim of the Peer Mediation Programme is to get “Peers” to resolve conflict within the school playground using mediation.
Our trained Peer Mediators work around the school at play and lunchtime to help to sort out disputes and resolve conflict. They aim to ensure that all playtimes are happy times for all. This is an extremely valued and important role within our areas of pupil responsibility.
The selection process for peer mediators is as follows:
Children in the playground, at times, feel they would rather ask a peer mediator to help them resolve their issues in the playground. The mediation process involves two peer 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 lunch time.
Due to the nature of this job and the fact that it can sometimes be demanding, support is always on hand. Regular meetings are held to discuss which strategies are successful when resolving conflicts and any areas with which they require some support.
While many schools still use traditional punishments, such as keeping children in at break time or sending them to the headteacher, our school uses restorative practices to improve the behaviour choices of our pupils.
“Restorative Practice is a way of dealing with conflict peacefully and fairly. It promotes a safe, caring environment where problems can be resolved successfully. It encourages children to take responsibility for their actions and to think about how their behaviour affects others.”
“When disputes happen at school we use Restorative Words. We ask questions like…
“Yes! Our Children respond very positively when they feel they are being listened to and treated fairly. The children are learning to be better listeners and to think about other people’s feelings. They are also learning to resolve conflicts and disputes themselves.”
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