Our Peer Mediators are:
- Monday Emily O'Neil and Tilly Ledger
- Tuesday Danielle Moore and Zac Lee-Billingshurst
- Wednesday Harry Crisp and Charlie Stowe
- Thursday Harrison Simpson and Jack Jervis
- Friday Brooke Mills and Oscar Scott-Taggart
How do Peer Mediators get chosen?
In term one any year six children that would like to become Peer Mediators apply for the position, they write about why they are interested in the position and what personal qualities or skills they have that they think will be helpful to the role of Peer Mediator. Mrs Smith then reads the applications and decides on who will fulfill the role for the year. Ten children are chosen so that over 5 days there are 2 Peer Mediators on duty every lunch time.
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. 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 folder 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. Also meetings will be held to discuss which strategies are successful when resolving conflicts and any areas with which they require some support.
Our mediators often 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!