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Peer Mentoring

What is a Peer Mentor?

A Peer Mentor is another student who can serve as a resource, a helping hand, a sounding board and a referral service. The job of peer mentors is to provide support, encouragement, and information to students.

Peer support means different things to different people, in general it:

  • Builds on a natural willingness of individuals to work together and help one another.
  • Takes place between those who have similar ideas and concerns.
  • Takes place in a formal setting to ensure security for all concerned.
  • Has a structure that allows people to develop and use interpersonal skills within safe boundaries.
  • Enables those taking part to gain and develop valuable life skills.

 

What role can a Peer Mentor play?

  • Peer mentors are there to listen.
  • Be a positive role model.
  • They are there to support and direct, but not to solve all the pupils’ problems.
  • They are there to be a guide but not to be a ‘know all’
  • They can be a form of support, but not the only support.
  • But above all they can make the pupil feel safe and secure in the knowledge that there is always someone else available to give the pupil something to consider.

The Rationale for Peer Mentors

Why do we need a peer support scheme?

‘It allows people to discuss and develop concerns they might have about issues or experiences they have encountered in or out of school’.

Peer mentoring guide

STUDENT VOICE

Mentor's Feedback -:

"I was recognised as a leader and it made me feel like a leader and a role model"

"I felt good, as I felt like I helped my mentee"

"Sense of responsibility, felt good that I was trying to help someone"Peer Mentors

"I felt proud of being a mentor"

"It helped me as well, boosting my confidence"

Mentee's Feedback -:

"Taught me to be more positive towards school"

"Helped with my behaviour"

"Would like the sessions to be longer than 6 weeks"

"An inclusive school that is focused on providing the best education for its students"
- Prospective Parent
"Fantastic student ambassadors who are a credit to the school."
- Prospective Parent
"Pupils look smart and are well engaged in their lessons"
- Prospective Parent
"Safe, Supportive, Diverse"
- Local Authority Representative
"Strong leadership and motivation with an emphasis on progress"
- Parent
"I am so pleased with the School Gateway app. Every day I can see any achievement and behaviour points my daughter gets and she knows that I’ll discuss it with her; it encourages her to do well."
- Year 8 Parent
"A great learning environment; light, bright and spacious classrooms, clean and well organised."
- Prospective Parent
"I applaud the focus on rewarding good behaviour. My son feels appreciated and recognised at Allerton Grange; we're all so proud."
- Year 8 Parent
"An open and welcoming atmosphere - very useful being allowed to look at teaching and learning"
- Prospective Parent
"The reward and behaviour system is clear, well enforced and has positive results!"
- Parent
"Staff are passionate and committed to developing and improving"
- Parent