At St. Thomas of Canterbury, our children have an important role to play in issues that affect the children themselves. We value the opinions and suggestions made by pupils and encourage them to be responsible members of our school community.
The role as the school council is to support the Headteacher, Staff and Governors in their mission to improve the school and make it even more successful.
Our School Council meets once a month where two children, elected by their peers, represent their classes. They take whole school issues and ideas from their own class and feed them into the School Council forum. They also share ideas and decisions from School Council with their classes. Decisions made within School Council can, and do, have a real impact on the rest of the school.
Children often feel more comfortable talking to someone their own age who understands their concerns and their perspective. Peer mediation is a confidential process where trained pupils in our school deal with low-level disputes, however they always refer to school staff when a situation becomes too complex for them to handle. The mediation takes place in a structured and safe environment with adult supervision nearby.
- Who are the Peer Mediators?
Peer mediators can be found on duty in the Key Stage 2 playgrounds. The role of the mediator(s) is to implement the strategies learned during the training whilst out in the playground in order to resolve any conflict between children. They wear white sashes to be seen easily.
- What skills do peer mediators need?
Peer mediators need to have good communication skills and be willing to learn new skills. It helps if they are good listeners. Training has been provided for children to improve their skills.