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  • Dear Parent/Carer,

    In the summer term,

    Bellahouston Academy

    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

    future.

    What is

    Peer Mediation? 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

    Mediators.

    Giving Our Young People

    Meaningful Roles

    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.

    Peer Mediation

    Peer Mediation

    How does it work?

    1

    How does it help

    pupils?

    1

    Benefits for the

    school

    2

    Benefits for peer

    mediators

    2

    Peer mediation

    Training

    3

    What Next? 3

    Want to know more? 4

    CONTENTS

    Peer Mediation

    • Creates a safe school environment, builds a sense of ownership and pride, and develops

    character .

    • Our programme teaches conflict resolution and develops a strong school culture through pupil relationships in different

    year groups.

    Bellahouston

    Academy

  • 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?

    Page 2

    1. Peer Mediatiors will learn effective conflict resolution

    strategies

    2. Peer Mediators will practise listening and communication

    skills

    3. Peer Mediators will learn to work effectively in a team

    What are the benefits for the Peer

    Mediators?

    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

    Assembly.

    3. Young people can also recommend another young person.

    4. The selection process begins; interested pupils will be invited to

    interviews.

    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

    relationship

    WATCH OUT! 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

    May.

    The programme itself will be launched in June, at the

    beginning of the new school session.

    What Next?

    Peer Mediation training

    NEW SESSION: June 2013

    Page 3

    ““““If you want to make

    peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to

    your enemies”

    Mother Teresa

  • Dear Parent/Carer,

    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

    Bellahouston Academy.

    If you would like to become involved with this

    work or would like any further information, I would be

    delighted to hear from you,

    Yours sincerely,

    Carolene Logan.

    30 Gower Terrace Glasgow G41 5QE

    Phone: 0141 582 0030 Fax: 0141 582 0031

    [email protected]

    BELLAHOUSTON

    ACADEMY

    We’re on the Web!

    www.bellahoustonacademy.glasgow.sch.uk

    Want to know more?

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