In the summer term,
is going to introduce a
programme of Peer
Mediation Training with
a group of our S1 pupils.
In recognising that
conflict is an inescapable
part of life, it’s
important that we teach
our young people how
to deal with it in a
successful way so that
they become able to
deal with things in the
Peer mediation is about providing our young
people with the problem-solving skills to deal with
‘minor' bullying incidents in a non-violent way. It
allows them to take responsibility for their feelings
and behaviour and to have a say in incidents and
decisions that affect them. It can help individuals to
develop their self-esteem and mechanisms for
coping with bullying behaviour and its impacts.
Peer mediation takes place when school children
and young people are trained to help other young
people sort out their disagreements. These
disputes can range from unkind behaviour to
disagreements in the playground. Pupils who are
trained to use mediation skills are called Peer
Giving Our Young People
How Does it Work?
Peer mediation involves pupil mediators acting as
an impartial third party to help their peers
resolve conflicts, such as name calling and,
arguing. Pupils talk face to face in a safe and
supportive discussion led by trained peer
mediators. There will always be an adult nearby
when peer mediation takes place.
How does it work?
How does it help
Benefits for the
Benefits for peer
What Next? 3
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• Creates a safe school
environment, builds a
sense of ownership and
pride, and develops
• Our programme teaches
conflict resolution and
develops a strong school
culture through pupil
relationships in different
1. Peer Mediation promotes a positive classroom
environment and school culture.
2. It gives teachers time to teach, and pupils time to learn.
3. It can reduce violence, vandalism, and absenteeism as
well as suspensions or punitive actions.
What are the benefits of Peer Mediation
for the school?
1. Peer Mediatiors will learn effective conflict resolution
2. Peer Mediators will practise listening and communication
3. Peer Mediators will learn to work effectively in a team
What are the benefits for the Peer
Mediation helps pupils to:
1.Define a problem from their point of view and identify and
express their feelings and needs.
2. Hear the feelings and needs of the other person and
acknowledge each others viewpoint
3. Create solutions and agree a course of action.
1. Introduction to Mediation Assembly for all S1 pupils, staff and parents
on Wednesday 6 March 2013.
2. Young people can apply using the application form provided at the
3. Young people can also recommend another young person.
4. The selection process begins; interested pupils will be invited to
5. Successful applicants informed by 20th March.
6. Arrange follow up 2 day peer mediation training in April 2013.
Of course, before pupils may be allowed to mediate for other students, they will be trained by
skilled and caring adult.
They will be taught the skills needed to guide their peers through the mediation process.
They all involve :
• Training in interpersonal relationships
• Active listening skills,
• Facilitating discussions,
• Step by step process
• Collaborative style
• Explore alternatives, identify issues
• Think about consequences and how they will affect the
When our newly qualified peer mediator group is
established , they will be introduced to Primary 7 pupils and
parents during the Primary visit to Bellahouston Academy in
The programme itself will be launched in June, at the
beginning of the new school session.
Peer Mediation training
NEW SESSION: June 2013
““““If you want to make
peace, you don’t talk to
your friends. You talk to
As a Pastoral Care Teacher, I attended the “Respectme” Annual
Conference (Scotland’s Anti Bullying Service) where I learned
about how peer mediation is developing in Scottish schools. I was
so impressed with the positive contribution this programme can
make to school communities, that I attended a training course to
qualify as a Peer Mediator Trainer so that I could introduce this
exciting initiative in our school.
I believe there our pupils can benefit immensely from this
programme and I look forward to working with the S1 year group
in establishing our first group of trained peer mediators in
If you would like to become involved with this
work or would like any further information, I would be
delighted to hear from you,
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