Developing a student support network
Transitioning into senior school or being one of the younger kids in primary school can be daunting, isolating and full of challenges. Often all it takes to ease these fears is the support of an understanding and well trained senior student.
Stride’s Peer Support workshop helps train a select group of your senior primary or secondary students, to work with younger year levels to help them best navigate the school experience.
How Peer Support Works
Peer Support leaders are trained to deliver scheduled workshops with students from younger year levels, covering topics and skills that are designed to help them make friends, build confidence and flourish in the year ahead. In the Peer Support workshop students are introduced to the skills of listening, assertiveness, giving instructions and planning, to make sure they not only conduct themselves professionally but to ensure each workshop contains relevant and age appropriate content and themes.
Furthermore, the Peer Support Program develops a protective culture within your school, where senior students become mentors and ports of contact for younger students to seek out in times of need. This develops a supportive environment that fosters student relationships between year levels and creates a more connected and understanding school community.
Links to the Australian Curriculum
Critical and Creative Thinking and Learning Continuum
- Identify and Clarify Information and Ideas – Levels 4, 6
- Transfer Knowledge Into New Contexts – Levels 4, 6
- Draw Conclusions and Design a Course Of Action – Levels 4, 6
Personal and Social Capability Learning Continuum
- Communicate Effectively – Levels 4, 6
- Become Confident, Resilient and Adaptable – Levels 4, 5, 6
- Work Independently and Show Initiative – Levels 4, 5, 6
- Negotiate and resolve Conflict – Levels 4, 5, 6
- Develop Leadership Skills – Levels 4, 5
- Recognise Personal Qualities and Achievements – Levels 6
“The Year 7 enrolments reflect a diverse primary background and many Year 7 students initially have few or no friends in the secondary school. The Peer Support Program provides the opportunity for them to make friends amongst their peers and with the older students.” Classroom Teacher
“I like speaking and listening to people. It’s giving me more confidence.” Year 10 Student