At Yew Tree, we believe in the idea of our community being the Yew Tree family. However, we know that all families have their ups and downs and children fall out with one another from time to time.
In line with our core values (especially those of responsibility and respect), we believe it is important that children have strategies to resolve conflict so that we can all get along and live together harmoniously.
Our Y6 children are trained, in collaboration with Peacemakers, to take on the role of Peer Mediators. This year, our Peer Mediators are:
Peer Mediation is a process through which two trained school mediators help two other children or young people engaged in a dispute to find their way to an acceptable solution. It is a key strand in our school support network and part of our restorative justice approach in behaviour management. It is not the same as ‘Buddying’ or Mentoring schemes but often operates alongside such initiatives in schools.
Children often identify for themselves an impressive range of key qualities needed to become Peer Mediators. These can include:
Peer Mediation Training
All our Peer Mediators have to apply for their role and undertake extensive training, over three days, with trained professionals. Peer Mediation training includes the following:
The children really enjoyed their Peer Mediation Training. We focused on team buildng activities and discussed why this was so important. We explored conflicts that children may face and looked at the skills that would be needed in order to become a peer mediator.
Our Peer Mediators
Our Year 6 Peer Mediators have now completed their training and enjoying their new role.
Here are some of the mediators.