Peer Mentoring


Our research is showing that the first person a young teenager contacts at times of distress is not teacher / counsellor / doctor but their peers. Peer mentors can provide a ‘first alert’ to the Pastoral Team in supporting students in distress.



Our two day recommended intensive, interactive training programme in mentoring has been received with enthusiasm and approval by heads of pastoral ministry and sixth formers alike. This programme can also be tailor-made to suit each individual school's requirements and needs. Peer mentoring trains senior students to assist their juniors in managing everyday school situations as well as liaising with the adult pastoral team in appropriate referrals.

Our Peer Mentoring programme benefits the school as part of its Pastoral Care system. Listing this programme on the school's prospectus suggests a well-supported, structured and safe environment for younger students.

Senior students find their leadership qualities are acknowledged and feel proud when inserting ‘peer mentoring’ as part of their CV.

The structure of the programme follows a general progression. All sessions include attractive powerpoint presentations, interaction between mentors and trainers, and between mentors themselves.


Course outline:

  • Group Contract
  • History of mentoring
  • Is mentoring needed in this school?
  • What is a mentor/ mentoring relationship
  • Key benefits for the school, the mentor and the mentee
  • Boundaries
  • Responsibility and limitations of mentoring
  • Skills for the work of mentoring
  • Attitudes to becoming a great mentor
  • Self-Awareness
  • Examples of mentoring
  • Testimonials
  • Role-playing
  • How the ethos of this school is enhanced by the launch of this year’s mentoring group.
  • Mindulness / Meditation / Art experience: ‘In celebration of . . .’
  • Certification and commissioning
  • Affirmation exercises
  • Discussions in plenary
  • Activities
  • Ice-breakers



QUOTES TO THINK ABOUT:


'A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could'
Unknown

'Be the change you want to see in the world.'
Gandhi

'Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness'
Ray Lyman Wilbur