The Gold Surrey Anti-Bullying Charter Mark award is a celebration of a whole school approach to anti-bullying work. This accreditation has been awarded by the Charter Mark following their inspection. While as a school, we had initially expected the 'Silver' award, the inspectors were so impressed by the evidence provided, that St. Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School has been awarded the 'Gold' accreditation.
The Charter Mark inspectors look into how effectively incidents of bullying and peer conflict are responded to and managed. They look for evidence how the School promotes the development of a culture and policy that sits comfortably and supportively within the safeguarding ethos of a school:
Not only did the inspectors look at written evidence, they also interviewed some of our Peer Mediators who have been working very hard in presenting the assemblies and the work they do on the playground.
The peer mediators work diligently with our Behaviour Lead, in raising their profile and responsibilities with regards to conflict resolution and their ideas for improving the way that incidents are dealt with. We have produced restorative question cards, which every member of staff carries on their lanyard, which has seen a cohesive approach to questioning children in the event of an incident.
Peer Mediators At St.Cuthbert’s
At St Cuthbert’s we are lucky to have a trained group of peer mediators. These children are responsible children chosen from years 5 and 6 who consistently display our FAIR values. Their role in school is to resolve conflicts between children at break times. They are trained in the restorative approach. They monitor the playgrounds at morning and lunch time breaks. They are independent in record keeping and pass on any incidents to the relevant class teacher and behaviour lead. It is very important that children learn the skills to resolve any conflicts amicably and calmly before deferring to an adult. They are an invaluable part of St Cuthbert’s school life and a big part in monitoring behavioural incidents before they escalate into what we may understand as ‘bullying’.