Peer buddy schemes are gaining popularity as a means of supporting new pupils. Benefits help not only the new pupils but also the supporters. The existence of a peer support system was perceived as beneficial to the school as a whole. Naylor & Cowie 1999.
Research into peer buddy systems indicates they:
- Protect against bullying
- Promote a caring school
- Enhance befrienders communication skills
- Build confidence and trust
- Provide positive role models.
A photocopiable resource containing everything needed to implement, support and evaluate a peer support scheme, comprising:
- Teacher notes
- Six training sessions
- Student handbook