22 January 2024

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The start of the new term has seen the second cohort of Year 10 pupils undertake their ASDAN short course to qualify as Peer Mentors.

Pupils attended two full day training sessions in school with external trainers, Mei Leung and Tahir Mahmood, where they were given an introduction to mentoring and 'buddying' younger ones. 

Peer mentoring can support children and young people by:

  • Enhancing social competence, 
  • Building security within the setting and wider community by realising their worth as social beings, 
  • Improving attendance and educational attainment whilst 
  • Developing friendship skills in a positive environment. 

Each learner participated in a number of activities across five challenges to gain a 10 hours accredited ASDAN certificate.  They also bagged themselves a £25 'Love 2 Shop' voucher!

Year 10 DaMari said, "I thought the peer mentor course was really helpful and insightful as we learned skills to better our skills when it comes to helping out others with their problems. I really enjoyed Mr T and Mei’s guidance through the course as they made it fun and enjoyable. 

DaMari continued, "I put myself forward to become a peer mentor as I wanted the responsibility and I wanted the opportunity to help others with their problems and to use those skills amongst my friends and later in life."

ASDAN offers nationally recognised qualifications based around the development of personal, social and employability skills, making the course the perfect addition to a pupil's college application or CV.

The next round of Peer Mentor courses will take place next year for the current Year 9 pupils however academic peer mentor training will be offered to Year 10s in the coming term. Pupils should look out for information from Mrs Massey.

Well done to Year 10 pupils: 
Emma H, DaMari S, Chittara V, Charlotte M, Lewis A, Kira S and Lauren C.

Tags: Learning for Life Extra Curricular Year 10 Pastoral Personal Development