In collaboration with WRAP (Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership) our school peer mediation service has trained pupils to support other children with low level issues at break and lunch times.
Experience shows that this model provides many benefits:
- Research suggests that the average classroom loses around 10 minutes of learning per hour to low level disruption, some of which comes in off the playground. If we are able to reduce this, it allows more time to be focused on teaching and learning.
- It upskills children in emotional intelligence skills, which have been showing to be highly instrumental in life-long learning.
- It reduces conflict in the playground.
- It promotes peer connection as pupils can look to peers as a support mechanism, not just adults.
Our Peer Mediation team received three days training, within school time, from WRAP and were taught:
- Effective listening skills
- Restorative questioning
- Mediation skills
- Understanding safety and confidentiality
Our Peer Mediators work towards a win-win solution for both involved, listening and helping the two sides to come together and develop a solution that works for both of them.
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