shutterstock 58842964For some time Learning Space had wanted to pilot a peer support scheme and after attending an anti-bullying conference where year 3 children were identified as being particularly vulnerable to a drop in self-esteem we arranged to work with a small group at one of our schools in order to try out ideas and evaluate best practice.
We chose year 6 pupils to work with the year 3’s as it would give them positive role within the school. We asked the older students to think back to what it was like to be a year 3 – they painted a very frightening picture of vulnerable children and this helped them to identify with the younger ones.
Throughout the sessions the year 6 and year 3 children worked collaboratively on a creative project (making books). As the sessions progressed we saw the relationships between the different age groups grow and friendships form. The books did an excellent job of encouraging conversations and promoting creativity. Some very quiet and shy individuals started to come out of their shells and the year 3 pupils with poor behaviour at the start began to follow the positive role models provided by the older pupils.
At the end of the pilot we found that the self-esteem of both year groups had improved and most of the children said they had really enjoyed the experience. The teachers who helped with the project said they hoped eventually to involve all the age groups in the scheme.

Alicia, age 14 years old

Alicia, age 14 years old

Alicia is a year 9 student referred for anger management and for difficulties emerging for her following the sudden death (suicide) of close family member. On her first session Alicia said that she found it impossible to talk to people…

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Sophie, aged 15

Sophie, aged 15

  Sophie's school attendance below 10% and even when she was in school she refused to attend lessons. She was completely disengaged and her family was threatened with prosecution. The referrer's hopes for Sophie were for her to begin to…

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Parents of Joshua

Parents of Joshua

Joshua was referred to Learning Space because he had difficulties leaving his mum in the mornings when he arrived in school – his teacher felt he was becoming increasingly withdraw. At home Joshua’s mum and dad were going through a…

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Peer Support

Peer Support

For some time Learning Space had wanted to pilot a peer support scheme and after attending an anti-bullying conference where year 3 children were identified as being particularly vulnerable to a drop in self-esteem we arranged to work with a…

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Sarah, aged 12

Sarah, aged 12

Sarah was first referred to Learning Space half way through her first year at secondary school. She has suffered from chronic health difficulties since birth and was finding the demands of a secondary school very difficult to cope with. She…

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Kieran aged 4

Kieran aged 4

 Jackie was only 17 when her son, Kieran, as born at only 26 weeks. She had to visit him in hospital and medical bulletins implied that if he did manage to survive he would be severely handicapped. Jackie was confused…

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Ryan, aged 11

Ryan, aged 11

Ryan was first referred by his primary school and worked with Learning Space during year 6. His school was worried about how he would cope with the move to secondary school and asked Learning Space to continue to support for…

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Joe, aged 8

Joe, aged 8

 Joe is an only child and lives with both parents. He was referred because of his very angry outbursts at school where he can hurt other children. He had been excluded on two occasions. He usually showed no remorse and…

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