Peer mentors provide a supportive and safe space to offer guidance and advice to younger pupils on a range of issues regarding social and emotional wellbeing.
Pupils in Year 6 apply at the beginning of the academic year to be a peer mentor and those who are selected receive specific training for the role so that they learn to actively listen and respond appropriately. They are inspiring role models who display compassion and empathy and understand the importance of confidentiality.
At Burford School, the Peer Mentor Programme forms an integral part of our wellbeing ethos. We strongly believe in the benefits of pupils helping each other as it provides the opportunity to gain confidence, improve communication skills, enhance a positive sense of self, increase problem-solving abilities and foster a sense of inclusion. Through this programme healthy relationships are formed; the Burford Values are promoted, and a culture of support and understanding is embedded throughout the whole school community.