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Welcome to the 'active listeners' and peer mentoring section on our wellbeing page- we hope you enjoy taking a look at what we do as active listeners!


What is active listening?


The active listening programme teaches and gives children the opportunity to practise the important values of respect, care, valuing difference, responsibility, friendship and including others. Year 5 and 6 had a whole day's training provided through a lottery funded scheme called Head Start which aims to promote positive mental health in young children. Active listening helps older children learn the skills associated with empathy and compassion through activities in the classroom and in the playground.  This helps combat bullying and other forms of antisocial behaviour such as harassment and teasing.  Teaching pro-social values and skills can also contribute to the development of resilience, a protective factor for children if they experience hardship or loss.


How does it help children?

Active listening enables younger children to feel safe and cared for while older children feel valued and respected. A buddy programme can strengthen the school community and help to challenge stereotypes, misconceptions or fears that students hold about younger or older age groups. A buddy system can also help students to feel valued and supported, teach important social skills and create a caring ethos in the school. They can create connectedness that enables both older and younger buddies to bond more closely with their school, thereby increasing the likelihood of more positive social behaviour. It has been suggested that when students feel connected to their school, they also feel valued and safe and less likely to either bully or be bullied.  Buddy systems help reduce negative behaviours such as bullying.


What does the active listening Framework do?


  • Assists with student transition to primary school
  • Develops positive cross-age relationships 
  • Provides opportunities for peer mentoring
  • Contributes to a positive and caring school culture 
  • Contributes to more positive behaviour by providing positive role models 
  • develops pro-social values and skills
  • Develops responsibility 
  • Builds self confidence 
  • Develops empathy 
  • Promotes inclusion 
  • Discourages bullying.

 What are children at horizon doing currently?

  • Year six children are currently assisting younger peers each morning at the gate to class when they  notice they may be upset leaving their parents/carers,
  • Reassuring and comforting younger pupils around school.
  • Signposting younger peers to the safe space and appropriate adults.
  • Engaging in active listening buddy sessions with peers.
  • Supporting buddies at playtimes. 



From their active listening training ten children were selected from year 5 & 6 to take on further training with our wellbeing coordinator to become 'Peer Mentors'. The role of the peer mentor is to build a supportive friendship with another child who may be in need of a buddy/mentor at playtime, to help support transition times for KS1 children and also to support friendship groups and friendship difficulties when and where appropriate  with the close supervision of a member of staff.  The mentors will meet regularly with our wellbeing coordinator and the sessions will be closely monitored and supervised to ensure they are beneficial to both the mentor and mentee.  Peer mentors will not be excepted to resolve problems, they will be there to support their mentee/buddy and to reassure them when upset ( we will cover this in training). The mentors will initially act as a link for the child but then hopefully the relationship will then develop into a friendship where the mentee feels comfortable to go to their buddy when needed for support.




Peer Mentors at Horizon

Peer Mentors at Horizon 1 Hi my name is Ben (on right) I am in year 6
Peer Mentors at Horizon 2 Hi my name is Emily and I am in year 6
Peer Mentors at Horizon 3 Hi my name is Ethan and I am in year 6
Peer Mentors at Horizon 4 Hi my name is Isabel and I am in year 6
Peer Mentors at Horizon 5 Hi I am Libby and In year 6 ready to help!