What is Peer Mediation?
Peer Mediation is a process where two trained mediators help two other children, who are engaged in a dispute, to find their way to an agreeable solution. It is different from Buddying or Mentoring schemes but can operate alongside such initiatives in schools. Mediators are trained to recognise bullying, and although they cannot mediate such incidents, they will refer them to the Mediation Lead.
Below is a summary of where the mediation training links with the PSHE curriculum.
CORE THEME 1: Health and Wellbeing PSHE Programme of Study [KS2]:
CORE THEME 2: Relationships:
CORE THEME 3: Living in the wider world:
Peer Mediation also links with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, see below:
Year 4 and 5 pupils took part in an introduction lesson. This introduced Peer Mediation. Pupils who shared an interest in the role, prepared a class speech and followed the Democracy principle of the British Values to hold a fair and democratic election.
Meet the Peer Mediator Team.
These pupils completed 3 days training, which was dynamic, engaging, fun and hard work! The children absorbed a huge amount of information, as well as developed range of skills. These skills will now be utilised, on a timetabled basis, to provide Peer Mediation during playtimes and lunchtime.
To start the training, the pupils identified the qualities of a Peer Mediator. See the posters below:
During the training, the Peer Mediators explored blame language and practised removing this when mediating a conflict. See the list of blame language below:
As part of the training, listening skills were practised. The acronym below helped the Peer Mediators remember what good listening looked like.
Ask and answer
The Peer Mediators have a set script to support the mediation process. However, there are times when off script questions may be needed. Examples of these are below:
Overall, our Peer Mediators need the following to be successful:
We hope that if you ever need Peer Mediation, you will find the team professional, supportive and kind. We also hope that you will treat the Peer Mediators with the same respect.
Remember: They have volunteered for this role.