Peer Support and Peer Mentoring Training

Peer mentoring and peer mentoring training is now an intrinsic part of many schools and colleges ethos, whereby older students give up their time to help younger, students and become peer mentors and buddys.  With many students willing to put themselves forward, we have created a programme to support the enhancement of social and emotional factors that influence learning and promote an environment in schools and colleges that becomes caring, safe and supportive.  Peer mentoring and the training of peer mentors is the key to this being successful.

This project focuses on providing the volunteer mentors with the skills and training to enable them to support students with their individual SEAL targets.  Operating as a one to one programme or used as a ‘drop in’ service the impact on the mentees can be great.  Promoting this support through primary visits and through assemblies and form group presentations all students can feel supported, safe and cared for.  Peer mentoring allows this to thrive.

Peer Mentoring training Course Details - up to 50 students delivered over 1 or 2 days

  • Active listening skills
  • Supporting emotional well-being
  • Raising confidence and self esteem
  • Empathy
  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Confidentiality
  • Setting and meeting targets

Objectives

  • Prepare peer mentors for their role as SEAL supporters
  • Provide support for students who require
  • Ensure new students feel supported, safe and cared for
  • Ease the transition from primary to secondary
  • Provide support for venerable students

Outcomes

  • Targeted intervention of those most at risk
  • Ofsted judgements supported
  • Benefits to both mentor and mentee
  • Improved confidence and self esteem of mentees
  • Less time spent for form tutors dealing with ‘minor’ issues
  • Transition policy enhanced

‘We have run the SEAL peer support programme now for the last 3 years.  Each year more and more mentors want to take part which is great, but gives me a selection headache! The training provided by Jason is fantastic and is probably why more students each year want to take part as its usually our ‘past’ mentees who are more and more becoming our next group of mentors’

Abbey Grange School, NW Family of Schools Project, Peer mentoring co-ordinator