Alleviating schoolyard issues through student mediation
Peer mediation is designed to contribute to a positive, caring, safe and friendly school environment. The Stride Peer Mediation program helps students identify issues amongst peers and teaches students skills and guidelines for resolving low-level conflicts. Mediation opens up communication channels and allows students to discuss their problems with the guidance of mediators and come to a reasonable resolution.
How Peer Mediation works
The Peer Mediation Training provides students with basic leadership skills and a 6 step process for mediating disputes. They are also trained to identify and pass on serious or complicated issues and ensure confidentiality is maintained in all situations. By using Peer Mediators, schools have advocated that the program has proven more affective than using staff mediators and that they have seen a substantial reduction in incidences of school yard bullying and aggressive behaviour.
About the Training
The Peer Mediation Program provides:
- A thoroughly researched Peer Mediator training model—detailed in an easy to follow teachers manual and interactive student workbooks.
- Student training in the six steps of mediation.
- Training on how mediation can be used in a variety of low level conflicts between students.
- Skills training for students that includes being mindful and observant of others, connecting with others and developing methods of communication.
- Training suitable for both primary and secondary school students.
Stride facilitators can provide training in Peer Mediation directly to students within the school or as a professional development program for teachers and wellbeing staff. Detailed resource material is provided for the continuation of the program and to reiterate learning outcomes. The Peer Mediation program can be run at both primary and secondary school levels.
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