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Peer Mediation
This title is part of the Teaching and Learning Series
Duration: 15 minutes
AUD $275.00

Four young primary school students are encountering problems in the schoolyard. Peer mediators are assigned to help sort out their issues - without teacher involvement - by listening, understanding and empowering them to agree on a solution. Peer mediation is an effective initiative to enable intervention with minor issues and prevent them from becoming major problems and learning distractions. Older students, equipped with training and a mediator's kit, are trained and empowered to mediate their younger peers and make them feel comfortable to talk about their problems. By listening and understanding, they can guide young students to agree on solutions and manage future problems.

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Created by Psychologist Eve Ash

Key Learning Points

Peer mediation has many advantages - it builds listening and communication skills in students. It builds trust and enables conflicts between children to be resolved by children, without the authority factor of a teacher. Peer mediators develop leadership, problem solving and mediation skills.

1. Make them feel comfortable
2. Go over the rules
3. Use active listening
4. Understand the problem
5. Agree on a solution
6. Congratulate!

Role plays using simulations enable students to understand all points of view and develop their empathy skills. Students practise the steps to mediate the conflicts during training. Role plays are reviewed to bring out the issues, the feelings and to share the solutions. Peer mediators learn they cannot take sides.
• Both students must agree to the mediation process
• Difficult cases get referred back to teachers
• If the students don't agree to the mediation rules you cannot proceed
• Peer mediators cannot mediate when one of the participants is a close friend

The Peer Mediation Kit contains:
• Tissues
• Fluoro vests
• Clipboard with
- Check sheets
- Tip sheet
- Question list
- Emotions chart
- Active listening tips
- Agreement form
- Pencil case

Package Description

DVD accompanied by PDF Workbook containing discussion questions, activities, handouts and full script

Usage Examples

• To introduce a peer mediation program into a school - for teachers and staff
• To train student peer mediators by showing actual cases
• To show all teachers and to train peer mediator teacher trainers
• To show all students so they understand the role of peer mediators
• To provide examples of conflict resolution strategies for students
• For parent information sessions

Recommended Audiences
  • Parents
  • Teacher training students
  • Special School teachers
  • Primary School Teachers
  • Students 5 -12
  • Teachers of young children (K1-6)
Distributed in the following format(s)
  • DVD
Available in the following language(s)
  • English
Media Type
 Video Recording
Presentation Style
  • Documentary
  • Case Study
Filming location
Australia - Middle Park Primary School
Release year
Copyright owner
Seven Dimensions
Seven Dimensions