Henry Cavendish has a well-established peer mentoring scheme to ensure all children have a safe and happy playtime. Peer mentors are children who are available to organise games and support other children in their game play. All the peer mentors receive training and work on a rota system.

The benefits of peer mentoring include:

  • development of pupils’ social skills when dealing with
 conflicts
  • the creation of an atmosphere of calm and 
cooperation in the playground
  • an increase in pupils’ self-esteem
  • an offer of alternative options to disruption and inappropriate behaviour
  • the creation of a safe and positive environment that
 enhances play
  • pupil empowerment and the teaching of emotional 
intelligence
  • a reduction in bullying, inappropriate behaviours and
 unhappy pupils at playtimes