Preparing for the new academic year, students from Newquay Tretherras have been learning skills involved skills in building positive relationships and conflict resolution as part of the school’s ongoing commitment to reduce the potential impact of bullying.
A group of carefully selected Year 10 students were trained over the course of three intense day-long workshops before the summer holidays by RJ Working. The Community Interest Company is an award-winning organisation who train schools and other groups in what is known as “restorative approaches”, designed to promote, develop and deliver responses that rebuild relationships and repair harm after incidents of crime and/or conflict. The training included learning about the reasons that can often lead to the types of prejudice and discrimination that can lead to bullying; and learning the skills to hold meetings between people affected by the harm that bullying can create.
The selected Year 10 students will become anti-bullying mentors, working in the first instance with new Year 7 students in September 2017. Each form group will have a dedicated mentor who will work with students over the course of the academic year, as part of the school’s continuing commitment to the safeguarding and wellbeing of students.
Grahaeme Jones, the lead teacher for SMSC, said: “Our new mentors are a fantastic group of responsible and dedicated young people who have undertaken this intensive training so they have the skills and knowledge to provide support for our new Year 7 students who will be joining us in September. They will work with our excellent pastoral team to provide the best possible support for the wellbeing of our new students.”