The Peer Support Group is a new initiative as of the 2016-2017 academic year, encompassing the Peer Mentor Group and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors. Being part of this Group is an important responsibility and a great way for students to develop key skills and help out their peers.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are students who are trained to promote positive friendships and interactions across the Academy. They work hard to ensure that their fellow students are aware of what constitutes bullying and how to address it if discovered.
They act as trustworthy points of contact for students who are worried about bullying. Being part of this team is a great way to develop skills in communication while helping to spread the anti-bullying message across the Academy.
The Peer Mentor Group is a new key support initiative within the Peer Support Group. The group was started after successful implementation in other Outwood academies. It is made up of specially trained students who mentor lower year peers in a wide array of personal aspects, such as self-confidence, work ethic, forming friendships, and much more.
Peer Mentors are also viewed as the Academy’s ‘go-to’ students for helping to host events such as open evenings and community outreach events. They are also key individuals within the Academy’s Rebound program, helping students who have been identified by staff as struggling to overcome various challenges.
They are exemplar Academy students, taking time from busy schedules to support the well-being of those who are struggling.
Being part of the team is excellent experience to include on CVs and universities look very fondly on this form of volunteer work while in secondary education. It shows that the applicant is willing to go above and beyond to not only develop their own skills, but help others in the process.
Being a Peer Mentor requires maturity, sensibility and independence. The reward for this is an enriching experience in which both the mentor and mentee benefit.
The Peer Mentor team is only open to Y9 and above. This is because the Group relies on students who are older than their mentees and have a wealth of Academy experience to offer.
For further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.