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What is a Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentors are older students who provide advice, support and a friendly listening ear to younger students.

What does being a Peer Mentor at Liskeard School involve?

Peer Mentors are given full training on all the aspects of the role in the Summer Term. They then play a key role in Year 6 Induction Day and evening, welcoming students, showing them and their parents around the school, answering questions and generally helping them feel at home. This may also involve visiting Year 6 students in their own school.

From September onwards Peer Mentors are out and about in Year 7 areas at break and lunch, wearing bright yellow jumpers, answering questions and being a friendly face! Some Peer Mentors even get to accompany Year 7 on their trip to Porthpean!

Each Peer Mentor is attached to a particular Year 7 tutor group and attend Year 7 tutor period once a week, helping students with their weekly academic review and also leading on Newswatch.

Peer Mentors are there to listen to students’ problems and anxieties for the whole academic year. This could involve anything from helping a Year 7 student organise their homework to comforting them because of something that has happened at home. All Peer Mentors are given Child Protection training to help them deal with any scenario they may come across.

What commitment do Peer Mentors need to make?

To attend:

  • The Peer Mentor Training Day
  • Year 6 Induction Evening
  • Year 7 parents’ evening
  • To spend one tutor period a week with their allocated Year 7 tutor group.
  • To give up break and lunchtimes, particularly in the Autumn Term to ensure Year 7 settle in well.
  • To prepare Newswatch sessions and deliver to a Year 7 tutor group.

What qualities would I need to have to be a Peer Mentor?

  • A big smile!
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to form relationships
  • Confidence
  • Enthusiasm
  • Trustworthiness
  • Empathy
  • Ability to be supportive

Which year group do I need to be in to apply?

Year 8

How many positions are available?

24.

How do I apply?

Download an application form here. Email it to wbirkbeck@liskeard.cornwall.sch.uk or print it out and give it into Reception.

 

 

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