Buddies & Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
Primary Peer Mentoring (Buddies)
At West Minster we operate a Buddy scheme. The aim of Buddies is to have older children helping the younger ones have positive experiences of playtime.
Children from Years 5 and 6 apply to be Buddies to children in the KS1, KS2 and Year R playgrounds. They will have demonstrated why they would make good Buddies and what skills they can bring to the scheme. Once appointed, Buddies operate on a rota basis, spending morning and lunch breaks in the individual playgrounds, organising and playing games, assisting children who are having friendship issues and generally ensuring all children have a happy and enjoyable playtime.
Irene Montgomery from Project Salus has trained groups of children within the school to become peer mentors.
Potential outcomes for individuals and educational settings include:
- Improved communication skills
- Increase in self-esteem and confidence
- Encourages and develops peer relationships
- Increase ability to understand and empathise with others
- Develop decision making skills
- Develop conflict resolution skills
- Instil a sense of responsibility
- Develop a sense of community and belonging
- Improved behaviour
- Improved attendance
- Reduction in bullying
PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE DIANA AWARD
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme is part of the charity, the Diana Award. The Diana Award was founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better.
Since 1999, the Diana Award has recognised 39,000 ordinary young people who have made an extraordinary difference to their community.
The Diana Award does three things:
1: encourage young people for the contribution to their communities
2: empower young people to achieve their full potential
3: engage young people in social action to make a difference in the lives of others, through the Anti-bullying, Training and Mentoring Programmes.
At West Minster we have four young people that as well as being Buddies are also trained Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.