Student-to-student conflicts are handled by the two people directly involved with the assistance of specially trained student mediators. Each student is given the chance to tell their side of the story to the mediators who in turn work through the problem in a step-by-step process, encouraging the students to find ways of resolving the problems themselves.
The Mediation Workshop will:
- Provide training in the six-steps of mediation for teachers to use in their work
- Provide a training model to train students who would be considered suitable for the role of Peer Mediator in the school
- Show how mediation is one way of dealing with bullying incidents involving two people
- Provide a framework for using mediation as part of an overall school anti-bullying policy
Staff professional development (PD):
The professional development includes the theory and structure of establishing a Peer Mediation program. It focuses on the crucial differences in coordinating Peer Mediation for Primary and Secondary students. The PD covers the skills required by students, the process of mediation and the steps in establishing the mediation program. The professional development is not compulsory and the teacher and student manuals can be purchased separately with telephone or email support.