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Promoting Positive Peer Relationships

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.

Working With Men: Conflict Resolution Workshops and Mentoring for Year 6 Boys

Conflict Resolution Workshops

Transition from Year 6 to secondary school can be a very difficult time and as part of our programme to support Year 6 pupils with this transition, Gipsy Hill Federation and the charity Working With Men have received funding from The Walcot Foundation for a Working With Men project worker to work across the federation schools throughout this academic year. His name is Ben Myers. One of his roles is to deliver a conflict resolution programme for groups of Year 6 boys.

The focus of the Conflict Resolution workshops is to provide young people with opportunities to develop skills that will give them the confidence to deal with conflict positively. Each week different aspects of conflict are addressed to develop their awareness and to explore alternative ways of resolving and managing conflict situations. It is a 6-week programme that helps the boys to develop invaluable skills, supporting them to positively manage the range of situations they will encounter at secondary school.

Mentoring

In addition to the Conflict Resolution Workshops above, Ben Myers delivers a mentoring programme. This is tailored to each individual. Our aim is to encourage their aspirations, support them to make positive decisions about their education and to support them to develop a range of strategies to meet their goals.

Circle Time

The Circle Time model is used by class teachers on a needs-led basis to support the emotional and social development of their class. Circle Time promotes social skills and positive relationships and encourages positive and respectful behaviour between peers. The sessions have a clear structure including warm-up and warm-down games focused on emotional well-being and social skills, as well as opportunities for all children to speak if they would like to. Although there is this clear structure, teachers can adapt the themes discussed in Circle Time to meet the needs of their classes or to respond to events or situations that have occurred. There are a number of resources available to support teachers with the delivery of positive Circle Time as well as opportunities for training, team teaching and modelled sessions.

  • Kingswood Primary School Lower Site
  • Kingswood Primary School Upper Site
  • Elm Wood Primary School
  • Paxton Primary School
  • Crawford Primary School
  • Fernstanton Primary School
  • Glenbrook Primary School
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