The aim of peer mediation is for “Peers” to resolve conflict within the school playground using mediation.
How do I apply to become a peer mediator?
You can apply to become a peer mediator in the Summer term once you reach Year 5. There is then a selection process:
- Complete an application form to apply for the post.
- The application forms are read by existing peer mediators who select the new peer mediators.
- The children then take part in a series of training sessions. This training teaches the newly appointed mediators the correct strategies to resolve conflicts.
- During the second half of the summer term, the new peer mediators shadow the current Year 6 mediators in the playground to gain invaluable hands on experience.
- At the start of the new academic year, once the children are in Year 6, the new peer mediators are then introduced to the school during an assembly.
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. Half-termly meetings are held to discuss which strategies are successful when resolving conflicts and any areas with which they require some support.
Our mediators say their important role has been extremely beneficial to the children in the playground as well as themselves. The children’s confidence has improved and we think they all do a fantastic job!