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Overview

Age From: 

11

Age To: 

12

Delivered To: 

  • Children/Students

Components: 

  • Component 1 : A positive school community
  • Component 2 : Social and emotional learning for students

Issues: 

  • Social and emotional skills
  • Belonging and Connectedness

Overview: 

Target group:
Senior students act as mediators in the yard during break times. All students are capable of learning the skills of the mediation and of applying them in their daily interactions.

Aims: 

The Peer Mediation Program aims to reduce incidences of bullying by providing a school environment that is positive, caring, safe and friendly. Peer Mediation teaches students to resolve low-level conflicts using their peers as mediators. Mediation opens up communication channels allowing the disagreeing students to discuss their problems and come to a resolution with the guidance of the mediators.

Students may develop improved skills in:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Conflict management

The school may notice results in:

  • Improved yard safety
  • Reporting of low-level problem situations
  • Increased co-operation within the community
Implementation/Delivery

Details: 

Mediation training and the use of mediation can assist students in the school community in several ways:

  • Students are taught skills such as listening, critical thinking and problem solving, which can be brought to bear in solving their own conflicts as well as the problems of their peers
  • Mediation is an empowering process in which students learn to assume greater responsibility for resolving their own problems
  • Mediation can sensitise students to cultural differences and how to approach these issues in respectful ways
  • Peer mediation can successfully complement anti-bullying or harassment programs.

Program Structure / Methods of Delivery: 

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.

Cost: 

Teacher Training Program
Duration – six hours including training resources, morning tea and lunch.
Cost - $354 pp.
(Metro Victoria – other locations by arrangement may incur additional travel expenses).

Student Training Program
Duration – one-day training for 24 students including training materials.
Cost : $1,290 (additional attendees $20 pp.).
(Metro Victoria – other locations by arrangement may incur additional travel expenses).

Program Specific Audience: 

KMP

Structured Sessions: 

0

Student Assessment Measures: 

0

Professional Learning: 

  • Professional Learning Available

Professional Learning Compulsory: 

Yes

Formal Parent/Carer Component Provided: 

No
Evidence of Effectiveness

Evidence of Effectiveness Rating: 

0

Evidence of Effectiveness Description: 

No evaluations were submitted that met the inclusion criteria.

Competency 1 : Self Awareness: 

0

Competency 3 : Self-management: 

0

Competency 4 : Responsible decision-making: 

1

Competency 5 : Relationship skills: 

4

Identified Theoretical Framework: 

Yes

Identified Theoretical Framework Description: 

This particular program is based on ‘Creating the Peaceable School’ by Richard Bodine, Donna Crawford, and Fred Schrumpf (Research Press, Illinois, 1994). The steps of mediation are based on a well recognised method of conflict resolution which allows disputants to express their point of view without interruption and then co-operatively work towards a win-win solution.

Survey/Audit Tools Available: 

No
Author(s)/Contacts

Author(s): 

Stride Foundation

About the Author(s): 

Stride Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to improving the physical, mental and social wellbeing of young people and their communities.

Contact Information: 

Stride Foundation
Level 3, 533 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC. 3000
Phone: (03) 9602 3311
Fax: (03) 9602 3377
Email: office@stride.org.au