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Peer Mentors

At John Burns we believe that children should be able to take responsibility for their own behaviour and find strategies to resolve disagreements, independently if possible. We help the children by giving them a script (WIBIT –When you…., I feel …, Because…, I would like…., Thank you for listening to my point of view)  to use when faced with difficult situations. This gives them confidence in their own abilities and empowers them to be able to solve disagreements in an appropriate way. 

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Children from Year 3 upwards have the opportunity to train as peer mentors who work in the playground once a week to help children feel safe and happy at all times. These children have to set an example to others on the playground in order that other children feel they can help to solve their problems appropriately. They also have the opportunity to earn badges if they are seen as being particularly responsible and diligent when carrying out their duties, and consistently show the school values. (Be positive, Show respect, Co-operate, Take responsibility, Be kind, Try your best) 

There are 3 levels of peer mentor: 

First stage – Play Helper – children have been specially trained to help other children have a happy and safe playtime.

Second stage – Play Leader – These children consistently show the school values and help to organise playground games. They carry out their duties to the best of their abilities and try to make sure all children feel safe and happy on the school playground.

These children earn a special badge after being voted by other children and playground staff as excellent at organising playground  games.

Third stage – Peer Mentor – These children always set an example to others.  They always demonstrate the school values and can be relied upon to carry out their duties responsibly and to the best of their abilities at all times. These children do not usually need adult support in order to help children have happy and safe playtimes.  They find solutions, make decisions and resolve conflict and will refer to an adult if they feel they cannot resolve a situation.

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Our Key Stage 2 pupils have the opportunity to earn badges whilst training to become Peer Mentors, if they are seen as being responsible and diligent when carrying out their duties and consistently show our school values.

Congratulations to the following pupils who have been awarded; Level 1 Badges (Play Helper); Amaia Y4, Jaelan Y4, Lucy Y4, Sadie Y4, Valentina Y4, Oliver Y5, Stephen Y5 and Julia Y6. Level 3 Badges (Peer Mentor); Paris Y5