What is Peer Mediation?
The aim of the Peer Mediation Programme at Longleaze Primary School is to provide opportunities for specifically trained pupils to resolve conflict within the school playground using mediation. This important role can be extremely beneficial to the children in the playground as well as the peer mediators themselves. Anyone putting themselves forward needs to be committed to ensuring the children have an enjoyable and trouble-free playtime.
How do I apply to become a peer mediator?
The selection process for peer mediators is as follows:
- Interested pupils will complete an application form to apply for the post.
- Members of the Senior Leadership Team will review the application forms and select peer mediators accordingly.
- The selected children will then take part in peer mediation training session. This training teaches the newly appointed mediators the correct strategies to resolve conflicts.
- Peer mediators work in teams of two or sometimes three.
What does the job involve?
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.
What support is given to a peer mediator?
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.