Our Peer Mediators are responsible for the following…
To help children to express how they are feeling, talk about their problems and work out a solution for themselves.
To support children in finding their own solutions.
To be fair and not take sides.
To give time and effort to keep mediation running.
Peer Mediators News
During the first half of the Autumn term, peer mediators from Orchard, Southwold and Hoxton Garden came together for a morning of cross-site training held at Orchard Primary School. Over the course of the morning, peer mediators worked on a number of activities designed to develop team work, communication skills and their ability to mediate. Children also explored ‘conflict’ and the positive ways that this can be resolved when out in the playground.
Peer mediators do not tell people what to do nor do they give advice. They support children in finding their own solutions. The peer mediation training that the children completed helped them to develop skills in listening, concentration and problem solving. The peer mediators are incredibly excited to start their new roles and help children to express how they are feeling, talk about their problems and work out a solution for themselves.
Peer Mediator Training Update: Spring Term
This term our peer mediators went to Hoxton Garden for training on emotion coaching and a refresher in playground games. They learnt new games, ‘Through the hoop’ and ‘Drop it, catch it’, which they have since been facilitating in the playground with other children. They were also taught about emotion coaching, the importance of emotions and different ways of helping children who are experience different emotions in the playground; the children should identify, validate and empathize the emotion being felt.
Anti Bullying Steering Group
The Anti-Bullying Steering Group is made up of children, staff and a parent governor. It was formed to ensure this is a regular discussion point and to celebrate the successful systems we have in place to address this important issue.
This group meets regularly to discuss systems and organise activities, aiming to educate children on the negative effects of bullying.