At South Bersted Church of England Primary School we have recently introduced the peer mentoring scheme to ensure all children have enjoyable, safe and happy break times. Peer mediators are children who are available to organise games and support other children in their game play.
During the Autumn Term, pupils in Years 5 and 6 applied to be peer mediators and received training on how to resolve conflict and support younger pupils in building positive relationships.
There are many benefits to having trained peer mentors at our school:
- development of pupils’ social skills,
- an increase of pupils’ self-esteem,
- pupil empowerment and the teaching of emotional intelligence.
Each half term, the peer mediators meet and discuss new activities that they would like to lead.