At Gipsy Hill Federation, we encourage our children to take an active role in the running of their school and to develop a sense of responsibility towards other children.
Different sites might have peer mediators, anti-bullying ambassadors and/or play leaders or an amalgamation of all of these roles in the position of playground ambassadors.The children have to apply for and earn the positions as well as undergo training sessions where they:
- Discuss what bullying is
- How to both spot and combat it
- What problems commonly arise in the playground
- How to mediate and diffuse those situations
- How to spot the socially isolated
- Games to lead that encourage social interaction
The children are required to go "on duty" once or twice a week at lunchtime in KS1 and KS2 playgrounds. Whilst on duty, they lead games for other children and offer a peer mediation service to children in dispute with others. These roles are given to children who have shown that they are ready for responsibility and who have a positive attitude to all aspects of their schooling. They act as role models in the school and they are roles that children aspire to achieving.