We are the Peacemakers!
We wear yellow caps so you can spot us in the playground. We are available every playtime and lunchtime to help you if you have any problems. If you need us you can either stand by our friendship stop or come up to one of us. We are trained in peer mediation to help resolve any conflicts.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
What is peer mediation?
Our peer mediators use a conflict resolution strategy to help other children in the playground who have a problem to talk about what has happened and help them to come to a resolution. They help children who have a friendship problem to talk to each other, without interrupting, and explain how they are feeling. They ask the children what they could do to fix their problem and make suggestions if necessary. Before beginning peer mediation the children have to agree to follow our Peacemakers Charter, agreeing that they will listen without interrupting and wait for their turn to speak. If the mediators feel they are not equipped to deal with the conflict then it is referred to a member of staff. However, our mediators often find that they are able to resolve the situations themselves. Please note that physical altercations are always dealt with by a member of staff.
Our children learn:
- To take responsibility for their own behaviour.
- How to be responsive to their peers in a cooperative and constructive manner.
- To improve their own and others communication skills.
- How to be fair and impartial.
- To improve self-esteem.
- Listening skills.
- How to understand conflict and its impact.
What support is given to a peer mediator?
Due to the nature of this job and the fact that it can sometimes be demanding, support is always on hand. Regular meetings are held to discuss which strategies are successful when resolving conflicts and any areas with which they require some support. Support offered is on a rota basis to allow the peer mediators time to play and socialise with their friends.
Our Peacemakers say their important role has been extremely beneficial to the children in the playground as well as themselves. The children’s confidence has improved and we think they all do a fantastic job!
Here are some comments from our Peacemakers:
A positive, purposeful and enthusiastic atmosphere