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Peer Support


Peer Support

The Peer Support program at Waratah Public School focuses on developing communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. It can benefit most primary and secondary students.

Better communication between all sectors of the school community - students, their peers, younger students, older students, teachers and parents/caregivers is an important goal.

How does it work?

The program usually includes a 'buddy program' where older students team up with younger students to offer them support.

Improved self-awareness and self-esteem can help students resist peer group pressure that may be harmful to them.

Peer mediation

Peer mediation is one of the conflict resolution strategies available to schools as part of peer support programs. In peer mediation, one or two trained students lead other students through a structured process to resolve a dispute.

As an early intervention strategy, peer mediation can play a part in reducing violence, truancy and vandalism in schools. Peer mediation is seen as a long-term program to be incorporated into the school's ethos rather than as a 'quick fix'.

All schools seek to empower students by teaching them the skills they need to resolve conflicts. This improves relationships and allows for the possibility that conflict can be productive and positive.

The self-empowering aspect of mediation - students participating in decision-making about issues central to their lives - makes it an important tool for fostering self-regulation, self-esteem and self-discipline.

It also contributes to the development of students who are self-governing and self-regulating members of the school and broader community.