As part of our ethos as a Rights Respecting School, Year 6 have been training to be Peer Mediators.
When they are on duty, children will be stationed at different points in the playground and will help to resolve conflicts, making sure that we are respecting one anothers' rights to play.
During the training, children focused on a number of skills including being patient, listening carefully, being empathetic and clarifying what happened in simple language.
There are four key steps which our peer mediators will follow to help other children to resolve conflict:
- Ask the first person to tell their side of the story. Ask the second person to tell their side of the story.
- Ask each person to say hoe they feel about what has happened and about what has been said.
- Ask each person to say what they would like to happen now.
- Agree a way forward.
Children understand that they are there to mediate, but not to take responsibility for solving problems or enforcing any sanctions or rewards. We have no doubt that they will do a great job and we look forward to seeing them in action on the playground.
The Peer Mediators do a very important job at Dundonald and their role is extremely beneficial to other children as well as themselves.