Over recent years, Peer Mentor Schemes have increased in popularity and are now being introduced in more schools. The scheme has been proven to offer a valuable contribution to the overall ethos of the school and the pastoral support system Many schools have received positive feedback from Parents, Primary Schools and OFSTED
Physical Health – involvement in sport Stay Safe – pupils act upon advice offered by peers Enjoy and Achieve – all participants enjoy and achieve in their area Make a positive contribution – both peers & mentors become involved in school life Achieve economic well being – peers acquire skills of decision making, organising and presenting needed in later life
How does the Peer Mentor scheme promote/support SEAL? The pupils begin to build their skill around empathy; especially when dealing with issues of bullying. The Mentors will be trained on basic counselling skills using empathic responses and good listening skills. Motivation-by using the above. The Peer Mentors will be able to guide their younger peers on how to manage their own feelings and also help to develop their own coping strategies
We have Year 10 Peer Mentors working in various roles with our Year 8 pupils. They were selected through voluntary application forms and interview So far we have 25 Year 10 pupils who were successful applicants Other Year 10 pupils are now coming forward and asking if they can apply
Form Peer Mentors Each Year 8 form has a Year 10 Peer Mentor attached to it They attend the form Monday’s and Thursday’s Mondays-responsibility is to check uniform, planner, equipment and collect merits Thursdays-Peer Mentors launch inter-form competitions such as Young Writers, My Maths and weekly quizzes
Nicky liaised with Mrs Wilkins for pupils that would benefit from addition reading support. These pupils will also be working towards a reading scheme where they gain awards This will take place Monday’s and Thursday’s in the library
We have 3 sports mentors who will be working with our PE staff to assist in Year 8 extra curriculum events. The Sports Mentors have begun speaking to Year 8 to discuss their requests The Sport Mentors will begin to co-ordinate inter-form competitions. They are also looking into charity events ECM-Be healthy, Enjoy and Achieve, Make a positive contribution
These mentors are working to raise awareness of Anti-Bullying They are currently working towards Anti- Bullying week 16-20 th November 2009 They already have plenty of idea’s such as Anti- Bullying poster competition and liaising with the Radio Station again. These Mentors are also working with the School Council and the Year 11 Anti Bullying ambassadors
These Mentors will be attached to the Gateway. Here they will be working with the vulnerable pupils, by organising games club and Art Projects ECM Stay Safe, Enjoy and Achieve, Be Emotionally Healthy and making a Positive Contribution
These Mentors have been put in place for the other Mentors to refer to if they are aware of any friendship issue’s These Mentors can offer advice about organisation skills, homework etc This supports SEAL using empathy, motivation and supporting younger peer to manage their feeling ECM-Stay Safe, Emotional Health, Positive Contribution, Economic Well Being and Enjoy and Achieve.
Peer Mentors are building links with the School Council to support Anti Bullying We have applied to Youth Bank for funding for a Team Building Weekend. This will enable all the Peer Mentors and School council to get to know each other better with Team Building activities and basic counselling skills-active listening We are currently looking at Kingswood for the Team Building Weekend Here they can also share idea’s and evaluate how the Peer Mentor scheme can improve.
The Peer Mentors are keen to promote their roles We want to share our good practice to parents, Primary Schools and the public. We will be updating our school website, school newsletters and our display board
Next Year, we would like to train peer mentors in Year 9. That way they can begin visiting our Feeder Primaries discuss the role during Open Evening. The possibilities are endless with idea’s such as Peer Mentors developing reading buddies within our feeder primaries. Helping to train Playground leaders etc