The purpose of peer mediation is to help children find appropriate ways to respond to problems with others, it is not about telling others what to do. Peer mediators do not "make decisions" but rather work towards a win-win resolution for both sides in order to avoid further conflict.
The children learn:
- To take responsibility for their behaviour
- To be responsive to their peers in a cooperative and constructive manner
- Improve communication skills
- To be fair and impartial
- Improve self-esteem
At Waverley Abbey Junior School children can apply to become Peer mediators at the end of year 5. They then take part in training to help them learn how to resolve conflicts and problems in appropriate ways. During their time in Year 6 they work with younger children during lunchtimes to support and help them resolve friendship issues and playground conflicts.