Year 10 and Sixth Form students have the opportunity to apply to become Peer Mentors and make a difference in the life of the lower school both academically and pastorally.
Interviews take place in July each year and the successful candidates are notified by letter. Training, developed by Child Line, takes place at the beginning of the Autumn term. Training Skills include Communication, Listening skills & Personal space, Working alongside other people, Supporting others, Problem solving, Diversity, Team building and Confidentiality.
Supporting Year 7 in Form class under the guidance of the form tutor, acting as an Ambassador during Year 6 open evening, playground observational duties, working on a one to one basis to support identified students, helping on transition day, Lenten fundraising and designing posters for display boards.
Peer Mentors have a positive influence on students in the following ways:
- Helping with homework/organising skills/study skills
- Listening and responding to the needs of the students by the students
- Creating a caring atmosphere impacting relationships
- Reducing bullying and 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
St Thomas More Peer Mentors sign a Contract agreeing to the rules and regulations of the position. They have weekly supervision where they discuss how their role is progressing and share experiences and good practice. Evaluation takes place through Progress Report from Year 7/8 Form tutor and Exit/Evaluation form filled in by mentees. Display boards in our school corridors inform our pupils who our Peer Mentors are and the work that they are involved in. They are visible to our students by wearing a badge with Peer Mentor printed on.
The outcome of this programmes is twofold with mentors and mentees alike feeling more confident with working with their peers, speaking in front of and supporting others and feeling as though they can make a positive difference to St Thomas More and the wider community
St Thomas More Peer Mentors are positive role models within the school community.