Student anti-bullying ambassadors at Tupton Hall School have set up a listening programme to help their peers deal with problems or worries.
The confidential Peer Listening Programme will see Year 9s run drop-in sessions for younger students every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The team have been trained in empathetic, non-judgemental listening skills so that they can support their peers with confidence, helping them to resolve their issues and find solutions.
The programme has been set up by teacher Miss Green who co-ordinates anti-bullying activities at Tupton Hall.
Miss Green said: “The aim of this programme is to promote a culture of positive mental health which is essential to the social and emotional development of young people and will in turn help to improve their academic achievement and general wellbeing in school.”
“Peer Listening is about pupils helping each other, so it will be run by pupils, for pupils, to help them to address the difficult issues they may encounter at some point in their school life. For example, friendship problems or worries about their lessons.”
Miss Green added that the Peer Listening Team would be assisted by a member of staff who could provide advice, or make referrals to other sources of help when needed.
If you are in Year 7 or 8 and have any worries, whether it’s bullying, friendship issues, problems at home, difficulty in lessons - or you just need someone to talk to - the sessions are open to you. They take place in the POD on the upstairs Computing corridor every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1.30pm - 2.00pm.
The anti-bullying team will also be introducing themselves in assemblies to encourage you to come and share any worries to make your school life easier.
If you have any further questions you can contact Miss Green.
Report by Callum Kay