NEW peer mediators who have completed a formal training programme will now go on to help fellow students.
Worthing High School set up its peer mediation project in September last year. The project is aimed at year 10 and 11 students who are able to make a positive influence on other students across the school.
A group of 40 students attended a term-long programme, in their own time, to learn to think about how they relate to other people and learn alternative approaches to resolving conflict beyond the negative behaviours young people sometimes exhibit.
The students have now completed eight intensive hours of in-house after-school training sessions looking at areas of restorative justice, confidentiality, listening skills and bullying issues.
The peer mediators will now be matched to students who need continued support from teaching and pastoral staff.
Head teacher Alison Beer presented the certificates to all the new peer mediators at a celebration evening at Northbrook College.
She said: “I am extremely proud of all the students. They have all shown a high level of personal commitment to learn a new set of skills which will enable them to help other students in our school resolve issues which might otherwise escalate unnecessarily.”
Darren Jones, assistant head teacher, gave a key-note address which reminded the students the skills they had learnt over the last term will be vital beyond their school life.
He said: “Being able to mediate effectively, facilitating resolution for all parties is an important skill for us all and I am sure they will reflect back on the experiences learnt on this programme into the future.”