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Here at Blackheath High School we operate a peer mentoring scheme. This project encourages children to be supportive of each other and reinforces the work already being done to provide the pupils with a supportive learning environment.
Pupils apply to become a peer mentor and the successful applicants are given training organised by Childline, in listening skills, the importance of confidentiality and when information needs to be passed on.
The pupils are responsible for getting to know as many younger pupils as possible and being available to them and their peers as a source of support throughout the year. They carry out these duties by being in the Resources Centre before school, at lunch time, and after school. Peer mentors attend regular meetings and are able to spot whole year group issues as they arise. Four of the pupils were nominated as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and worked on a cyber-bullying policy for the school.
We feel this scheme, which is now well embedded into school life, is very successful at enabling pupils to have another source of support when they themselves, or their friends, have an issue.
“I wanted to become a peer mentor because I like to get to know the younger pupils and love to help them with their problems and homework. I enjoy being a peer mentor because I care....when I leave school I want to be a Doctor.”
“I originally wanted to become a peer mentor because I joined mid-way through year eight, so knew all too well what it was like to be lost and scared in a new school. I wanted to help people so they could have a better transition between schools. I've really enjoyed mentoring a Y7 class and helping people sort out issues, because I feel like I am able to make a difference.”
“I wanted to become a peer mentor because I think it is very important to have a support network of pupils for younger pupils in place," because we have a greater capacity to empathise with them as we are much closer to them in age and have probably experienced quite a lot of the problems they are having with organisation, homework etc. As a result of this, we can offer them realistic advice that is achievable; and seeing it benefit them is very rewarding.”