Peer mentoring makes a valuable contribution to the overall ethos of Bishop Douglass School and pastoral support systems. Peer support within the school helps to increase the opportunity for personal and social development within individuals; it can also provide additional support, encouragement on aspects of schoolwork, help to build confidence, self-esteem and encourage a more positive participation in school life.
Sixth Form students apply to become Peer Mentors and training takes place at the beginning of the autumn term. Peer mentors provide younger pupils with an initial, accessible point of contact from which to seek information, support and build life skills in a language and manner that is both familiar and acceptable.
Peer mentors provide one-to-one support to a pupil. Meetings are held every week during form time where they review the following week’s discussion and targets, and set targets for the following week.
Students have benefited from mentoring in the following ways:
- Help with homework/organizing skills/study skills
- Listening and responding to the needs of the students by the students
- Creating a caring atmosphere impacting relationships
- Reducing bullying - reducing lateness
- Providing positive role models within the student body
- Resolve minor problems through mediation
- Enhance citizenship by providing support and guidance from the older students