Schools Peer Mediation Project
Peer Mediation is a process in which pupils are trained in mediation skills to act as peer mediators to encourage and empower students who are in conflict to find ways of solving the problem they face or to explore new ways of looking at the situation.
Pupils are often reluctant to report problems they are facing with their peers to teachers or other adults. They are often seen as authority figures detatched from the issue who are only likely to impose sanctions rather than address the issues.
Training Peer Mediators gives them a new opportunity to solve issues themselves or prevent problems from occuring in the first place. Peer Mediators are on the same level as other pupils but are still able to act independently and confidentially to find a resolution between the parties.
To train Peer Mediators in every secondary school in East Sussex.
Activities» Run a series of one-day training workshops in each school backed up with on-going support from an attched volunteer mediator.
Success will be a reduction in pupil absenteeism; reduction in cases of bullying within the schools trained; improved communication between pupils.
Once trained, pupils can pass on their mediation skills within the school so as to create a self-sustaining network of Peer Mediators that will offer on-going support.
That teachers may see the training as undermining their pastoral role within the school. Teachers are given an induction as part of the process so that they understand how the training compliments and supports their activities.
We will provide feedback from each of the workshops we run, where and when they are run, and the impact the training has had within the school after 6 and 12 months.
Budget - Project Cost: £7,500Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £7,500 Mediation Training Workshops To run 10 one day Peer Mediation workshops across the key secondary schools in East Sussex
The county of East Sussex contains a widely contrasting range of urban and rural areas which conceal a number of pockets of high deprivation. Many of the county's coastal towns have suffered a long-term decline due to the loss of the domestic tourist market and some have recently been the subject of major regeneration projects.
Pupils, parents and teachers from those schools participating in the programme.
We have over 10 years experience of providing community mediation services to the population of Eastbourne and Wealden and successfully ruin the Time2Talk intergenerational mediation project for the area, supported by funding from BBC Children in Need.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Joan is the Time2Talk project coordinator and is responsible for developing the training programme offered by Mediation Plus.