What is Friends at Roundthorn?
Friends at Roundthorn is a scheme that was set up in school with the help of the NSPCC. It aims to help all pupils to be more tolerant and supportive of each other.
Recruitment and selection of peer supporters
Year 5 and Year 6 children are encouraged to put their name forward if they think they have the appropriate skills to become a Friend @ Roundthorn. They are then asked to fill in an application form at the start of the new school year and also parents are informed. The children are later interviewed in small groups by Mrs Garth and Mr Melia. Children who have had behaviour difficulties in the past will still get equal opportunities. The children that are successful are then trained to become peer mentors. Their role will be to support their peers alongside adults in the playground at break-time and lunchtime.
Their training programme will include:
Establishing a helping relationship
Responding to emotion
Opportunities to share their own experiences