Peer Mediation Training for East Sussex Schools
Mediation Plus offers Peer Mediation training to both primary school and secondary school children in our area. Peer Mediation is a process in which two pupils who have been trained in mediation skills (peer mediators) encourage students who are in conflict to find ways of solving the problem they face or to explore new ways of looking at the situation.
The peer mediators guide the students through a structured mediation process with the aim of helping those involved to find their own solutions to the conflict. The school appoints a member of staff to act as the Peer Mediation Co-ordinator (that person has usually sat in on the training) to oversee the running of the service and the peer mediators.
What are the benefits to the pupils?
Pupils will be able to:
- Understand and resolve conflict more constructively without intervention from staff.
- Take ownership of problems.
- Develop skills to enhance their social, emotional and mental well-being.
- Transfer these skills outside school and later on in life.
- Be more accepting of people's differences.
- Show empathy to their peers.
- See other people's points of view.
- Learn to respect and value themselves and others.
- Recognise the effects of their actions on others.
What are the benefits to the school?
The training links in with PHSE and citizenship education. It fosters a healthy school environment which will help to reduce absenteeism and bullying. The training promotes positive life skills such as: speaking and listening, critical thinking, negotiation, teamwork, respect and tolerance. The peer mediators deal with the disputes freeing up staff time.
What does the training involve?
The training for both primary and secondary school children consists of a total of 18 hours of training for a group of 12 to 18 children. The training in primary schools is usually held over a course of six three-hour workshops culminating in an assembly presentation given by the peer mediators to the whole school and their parents. The secondary school training is held over the course of three school days. The training includes:
- Exploring conflict
- Skills and qualities of mediators
- Advantages/disadvantages of mediation
- Attitudes and prejudice
- Ourselves and our anger
- Active listening
- Storytelling and summarising
- Identifying facts, feelings and issues
- The mediation process
- Making it safe
- Questioning techniques
- Co-operation and problem solving
Staff briefings, support and follow-up evaluative work are all part of the training package. A 'whole school approach' is essential if a peer mediation scheme is to succeed and be sustained in a school. To download details of our current programme for primary schools, click on the PDF icon below:
Peer Mediation Programme Guide
Please contact us for further details of Accredited Level 1 and Level 2 Peer Mediation training courses for secondary schools and colleges. We can also offer Peer Mediation training for young people in supported housing schemes or youth groups.