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Peer Mediation

Peer mediation is a process whereby young people, trained in the principles and skills of mediation, help disputants of their own age range to find solutions in a conflict situation. Using a positive approach to dealing with conflict can be transforming for all involved.

Most people experience conflict during their lifetime including children in the playground or during lessons. Developing skills to deal constructively with conflict situations early in life can prevent patterns of potentially destructive responses to conflict becoming established.

The impact that student conflict has upon the educational process – from time on task to academic achievement to staff morale is undeniable. Teachers have various tools that they rely upon to deal with conflict including diffusing strategies, arbitration, creating a positive classroom climate, sanctions and punishments. All of these have their place, but are less effective with conflicts that have a strong emotional component. Disciplinary systems rely almost exclusively upon sanctions and negative reinforcements and may not distinguish between disciplinary offences and interpersonal conflict.

Common problems reported in schools

Teachers using their time dealing with conflicts in the playground and classroom. Student conflicts may involve -
Bullying, teasing, name-calling, misunderstandings over property, friendships, yelling, physical violence, threatening.

Hidden ‘effects’ of which can include -
Low self esteem, self-criticism, frustration, anger, withdrawal and disaffection.

How this service makes a difference

  • By providing key workers experienced in mediation and conflict resolution to work collaboratively with the whole school and develop a mediation scheme appropriate for it
  • Our workers deliver training on a ‘train the trainer’ model to promote sustainability of the programme and provide on-going support to those trained as they start to deliver the training programme
  • Helps create a school climate that encourages caring, honesty, cooperation, and appreciation of diversity so that students are less likely to become involved in conflicts
  • Teaches conflict resolution skills to students so that they are better able to resolve conflict of their own and those of others
  • Helps in conflicts that require outside assistance as early as possible to prevent them from escalating
  • Makes efficient use of the school’s monetary, time and human resources
  • Frees up time for learning
  • Teaches students essential life skills of effective communication, appreciating the consequences of their actions, generating and evaluating alternative solutions to problems, and coexisting with people with whom they disagree
  • Motivates and empowers students to sort out their problems collaboratively
  • Increases self esteem.

You can contact the service by calling 07594 653530 or by giving a contact name and telephone number.

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