Peer mediation is a conflict resolution technique that trains school children as volunteer mediators to work with their peers. In each school we help staff and students set up a Peer Mediation Scheme through which the volunteer mediators work with their peers to help resolve low level conflicts, address bullying, and prevent fights. The curriculum-based scheme is supported by school staff who also receive mediation skills training.
Our Peer Mediation (PM) in Schools Programme has proved to be a powerful, positive initiative because it offers effective life skills, conflict resolution tools and support to anti-bullying strategies. A key aspect of the schools programme is sustainability – we aim that all schools where we work for 18-30 months will be able sustain their peer mediation schemes with minimum support from us. We use a whole school approach – we have discovered that these simple, transferable skills need to be practiced and lived by everyone in school if children are to catch their value.
Has it made a difference?
At schools where PM has been introduced, staff report many positive changes, including:
– a more relaxed and positive learning environment
– reduced staff time in dealing with pupil conflicts
– a reduction in the incidence of behavioural problems and bullying
– a reduction in truancy
All these messages tell us that Peer Mediation in Schools is successful, and doing exactly what was intended: helping children get along better.
Peer mediation can change the whole culture of a school. Read the comments here to find out how. If you want to see an improvement in the number of playground squabbles, fights and relationship problems, get Peaceworks Peer Mediation in your school and see the difference!
Peaceworks have been working on the development of a whole new approach to Peer Mediation in Schools. We want to make Peer Mediation more widely accessible, and we’ve listened to the feedback that teachers and children have given us. We are developing a new Peer Mediation in Schools Pack: a comprehensive kit for schools so that you can establish Peer Mediation in your school and run it yourselves. Everything you need to get you started, set up and running is in the pack, and Peaceworks will include a day’s training as part of the package.
What you get for your money
We are working with designers and developers to produce the pack so that you can set up Peer Mediation at ever level in school, all the way from Infants and Primary through to Juniors and Secondary. There will be handouts, lesson plans, teachers resource sheets, workbooks, manuals and toolkits, dvds and support materials making up a complete kit for setting up your own Peer Mediation Scheme. Peaceworks also offer a day’s training as part of the package, so you have full support. This is a package designed to embed Peer Mediation as part of the school culture. It’s not just a quick fix. This is intended to support the development of peace-building throughout the school for now, and for the future generations of children who make your school part of their early life. It’s an investment for the future.
“It’s a great opportunity to develop the skills of communication and sorting out problems that will help later in life” Year 9 Student, St Philip Howard Catholic School in Barnham, 2011.
Contact Peaceworks now: 01243 820604 and reserve your pack today.
Edward Bryant Primary School, Bognor Regis
Bishop Tufnell Junior School, Bognor Regis
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bognor Regis
Felpham Community College, Bognor Regis
South Bersted Church of England Junior School, Bognor Regis
St Philip’s Catholic Primary School, Arundel
Eastbrook Primary School, Southwick
Georgian Gardens Primary School, Littlehampton
The Robert Woodward Trust Academy, Lancing
East Wittering Community Primary School, Chichester
Downview Primary School, Bognor Regis
Tangmere Primary School, Chichester
Durrington Middle School, Worthing
Nyewood Church of England Infant School, Bognor Regis
Whitebridge Primary School, Epping Forest
Cranleigh Preparatory School, Cranleigh
St Katharine’s Church of England (VA) Primary School, Southbourne
St Philip Howard Catholic High School, Bognor Regis
Ferring Church of England Primary School, Worthing
Broadwater Church of England First & Middle School, Worthing
North Lancing Primary School, Lancing
St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School, Angmering
East Preston Infant & Junior Schools, Littlehampton
Clapham & Patching Church of England Primary School, Worthing
St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School, Angmering
The Angmering School, Angmering
St John the Baptist’s Church of England Primary School, Worthing
“An illuminating journey towards self-awareness and how ones’ behaviour affects others” Training delegate
Those who have asked us to mediate for them would recommend our services.
“Without Peaceworks’ involvement, litigation would almost certainly have been the outcome” MD of automotive management consultancy
Welcome to our resources page for schools with Peaceworks’ Peer Mediation Schemes. Please chose from the list of year groups on the left, and log-in to access lesson plans, powerpoints and other resources.
Peer support and peer mediation are two highly successful strategies for dealing with the impact of bullying at school. Peaceworks has been at the forefront of developing effective peer support inputs and strategies for schools. Do contact us for more information. Also, do follow the links on the right of this page for tips on understanding and better managing bullying.
In 2012 Peaceworks helped to establish Schoolsworks Academy Trust, which has gone from strength to strength since. Peer mediation training is part of the curriculum in all its schools. Do visit the Schoolsworks website for more information.