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?
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 are children at horizon doing currently?
PEER MENTORING PROGRAMME:
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.