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1 Westminster Institute of Education Pupils resolving disputes: Presentation of research findings from 15 English primary schools with successful peer mediation services. Quebec, May 2003 Dr Hilary Cremin hcremin@brookes.ac.uk

2 Westminster Institute of Education Ce presentateur parle tres bien le francais, donc si vous voulez poser des questions en francais, nhesitez pas!

3 Westminster Institute of Education Peer mediation Conference November 2001 Hosted by Stanville JI School, Birmingham, UK Located at the Pergamon Hotel, Digbeth, Birmingham Involved 60 peer mediators aged between 9 and 11 years old from 15 Birmingham schools known to have had successful peer mediation services for a number of years Organised by Stanville school headteacher and staff, and by Catalyst Consultancy of Leamington Spa, UK Funded by Quest Milenium Attended by the chief education officer for Birmingham LEA, Prof. Tim Brighouse and by the secretary of state for education, Estelle Morris Involved handing out medals to the 60 peer mediators present, made by the Birmingham mint to celebrate their achievements.

4 Westminster Institute of Education Estelle Morris handing a medal and a certificate to a peer mediator

5 Westminster Institute of Education Research Methods Data Audit of service profiles (children standing up and being counted!) Group interview with teachers Pupil questionnaires

6 Westminster Institute of Education Profile of successful peer mediation services (1) Description of ServiceNo. (Max 15) Service operates in the playground5 Service operates in the school10 Mediators wear badges, caps, tabards or tee-shirts15 Mediators have produced a display somewhere in the school 15 Mediators have run an assembly15 Mediators have met with lunchtime supervisors7 Mediators have provided mediation training for teaching staff 7 Mediators work a rota15

7 Westminster Institute of Education Profile of successful peer mediation services (2) Description of ServiceNo. (Max 15) Mediators also mediate for infants7 Mediators involved in more disputes between boys5 Mediators have had to stop a mediation because disputants have broken the rules 7 Mediators have carried out at least one successful mediation 15 Mediators have carried out many successful mediations8 Mediators have used their skills at home8

8 Westminster Institute of Education Teacher discussion group findings Pupil empowerment Whole school approach Resourses Support Choice, rewards and incentives Pro-social skills training

9 Westminster Institute of Education Pupil Questionnaire findings Do you do Circle Time in your school? 100 % Yes

10 Westminster Institute of Education Who make good mediators? Teachers 68% Lunchtime supervisors24% Parents / carers44% Children100%

11 Westminster Institute of Education What peer mediators say about teachers as mediators teachers make good mediators because they are trained properly they listen to you they are sensible, good listeners they usually sort out problems successfully and dont take sides teachers dont mediate in our school they have not been trained they take sides they solve problems by shouting at them and sending them to a different class

12 Westminster Institute of Education What peer mediators say about lunchtime supervisors as mediators they dont mediate our lunchtime supervisors havent been trained yet, but will be later in the year. they do the same as teachers (shout) they mostly give detentions I dont think that lunchtime supervisors make good mediators because they are different kind of people. no, they dont. First thing is they are not trained, second thing is that they dont sort out problems – they chat. no, whenever we tell them theres something wrong they just ignore it.

13 Westminster Institute of Education What peer mediators say about parents / carers as mediators they teach us not to do things that the mediators advise us not to do (name-calling, swearing, interrupting etc.). no, because they ground us sometimes, but they shout at you. well, some parents do, but some dont, so its a maybe.

14 Westminster Institute of Education What peer mediators say about children as mediators yes, because children have been taught what to do. yes, children dont ignore arguments and fights, and they are trained. yes, they help and dont take sides, dont shout, dont tell other people, and dont tell them what to do. yes, because we wont take sides, only children mediate.

15 Westminster Institute of Education What are the bad things about mediation? Disputants breaking the rules and being rude (10) Friends not accepting the role (4) There arent any (3) Missing playtime (3) Safety worries (2) Missing football (1) Problems in the team (1)

16 Westminster Institute of Education How has mediation helped your school? It is a friendlier, happier place (15) Less arguments (3) Reduced bullying (3) Teachers and lunchtime supervisors freed (2)

17 Westminster Institute of Education If you could say anything about mediation to Estelle Morris or Tim Brighouse what would it be? Could you make Birmingham a better place? That mediation is a brilliant job.


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