The Friendship Mentors have all attended two day training, after we secured funding from the John Lyons Trust. This is a three year project which provides support for pupils around on-line risks, cyber bullying and other issues such as friendship.
As a school we decided the 29 trained mentors would offer support to pupils at lunchtime. They each wear a high-vis waistcoat and have a lanyard to identify themselves. They have a note book to write down conversations they have with other pupils and have been trained to report any safeguarding concerns to Miss Emma, the Designated Safeguarding Lead or Miss Corrigan in her absence.
Next year the mentors will train others so that the project can continue to grow. We also plan to train the mentors to offer mentoring around behaviour and attendance.