Drop-Down, Off-Timetable Days
Workshops giving young people the opportunity to explore issues around peace and conflict, develop critical thinking skills and initiate dialogue on difficult issues.
Our trainers will introduce techniques for dialogue and discussion in ways that are interactive and engaging.
- Up to 30 pupils
- 1 trainer
- 2 hours
- Can be repeated through the day
- Topics can be tailored
Content to be explored might include:
- Thinking critically about our world/the news
- Exploring what peace and conflict means to us
- Relationships and the effect of social media
- Understanding what happens in situations of conflict
- Strategies to work with conflict
Peer Mediation Training
Peer Mediation is conflict resolution for young people, by young people. In essence it is the same mediation process that adults use in legal, industrial or even political disputes.
- 24 pupils
- 1 trainer
- Prelim & follow up meetings
- 3 days training
- Resources included
Increasing numbers of schools are establishing peer mediation schemes to build a safer, more peaceful environment for young people. Schools consistently report that mediation appreciably reduces the amount of staff-time responding to student conflicts, while the mediators themselves enjoy the responsibility.
We can help you set up a sustainable peer mediation scheme or refresh and maintain an existing scheme.
Peer Mediation Training
This is a typical pathway a school might take...
A SCHOOL GETS IN TOUCH
You might want to set up a new scheme in your school or refresh an existing scheme.
WE HAVE A MEETING
We'll come into school and find out more about your school and share with you what's involved in the training.
COSTS AGREED & APPLICATION PROCESS.
Bursaries discussed. Typically 24 pupils are selected by their peer group from those that apply.
A QUALITY 3 DAY TRAINING EXPERIENCE
Dynamic, experiential training course takes place for 24 trainees and lead staff member.
CROSS SCHOOL LEARNING
Support on ways to disseminate learning to the whole school community, including a staff briefing. Resource pack supplied..
EVALUATION AND FOLLOW UP
Course will be evaluated by the pupils, staff and trainer and a report shared with the school.
Get in touch to book Peer Mediation training for next term.
What are the benefits?
- Staff spend less time responding to incidents during and after lunch.
- Staff have a greater understanding of students’ experiences and relationships.
- There is improved student behaviour and opportunities for classroom dialogue.
- Students develop confidence and social skills.
- Students develop stronger communication skills.
- Students experience support from a team.
- Students develop skills for life.
- Students experience the satisfaction of helping their peers.
- Students have an opportunity to resolve conflicts without involving adults.
- Students have the chance to have their point of view heard and understood and find a solution that works for them.
- There is a more peaceful school environment.
What people say about Peer Mediation Training
The course made them reflect on themselves and consider their skills. It has helped develop their confidence.Secondary school teacher
I have gained important life skills and learned how to take out blame.
Our Mediation Training
We are members of the Peer Mediation Network and adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.
In 2017 we were proud to announce that a school we work with in Nuneaton won the Lighting the Fire, Peer Mediation Award!
Skills for Life Course
This extended course is designed to help young people develop peacemaking and conflict resolution skills.
We listen to the issues affecting young people and support them to develop non-violent strategies for resolving problems and repairing relationships - with their peers and with staff.
The course is interactive and engaging, using activities, drama, discussion, pair and group work to explore issues and build skills.
- 30 pupils
- 1 trainer
- 1 hour per week
- Up to 10 weeks
- We can be flexible
This course includes:
- Understanding peace and conflict: what do we mean by peace, the causes of conflict, how we respond to conflict, how conflict can escalate and the role of blame in conflict.
- The role of social media: the impact of social media on inter-personal relationships and conflict, how social media can be used in positive ways.
- Developing emotional literacy: exploring the need to express emotions, safe ways to express emotions, understanding anger, how thoughts and feelings can affect our behaviour.
- Non-violent communication: understanding needs, how to express needs in safe ways, being assertive.
- Conflict resolution: ways to make efforts towards resolving conflict, introduction to mediation.
We offer staff training for teaching and non-teaching staff in schools.