‘The book which accompanies the video, gives an excellent and detailed step-by-step guide to setting up a peer mediation system in your own school’ — Special. This publication provides a comprehensive guide to those who aspire to introduce, teach, support and maintain mediation processes for all young people in school. In a world that fails to manage conflict, those who seek peaceful resolution are urged to promote mediation as a positive solution. Topics covered include: Circle Time; emotional literacy; affirmation; problem solving; co-operation; conflict resolution; communication; mediation. There are 171 pages and 38 copiable activity sheets, which are suitable for infant, junior and secondary schools.
If a class has worked through the skills and some of the activities in this book, then peer mediation will be the icing on the cake, and will provide genuine practice of the skills they will have acquired. As discussed elsewhere, setting up a Peer Mediation intervention is different in each school. (Robinson and Stacey 1997)
Although all pupils may have had a go at role-playing being a mediator, ultimately a group of pupils will need to be chosen to offer a service for their peers. Sometimes they are nominated by their peers, sometimes they nominate themselves, and sometimes staff will choose the pupils who they think would make the best mediators. An ideal group size is twelve to sixteen, and a team ...