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Pupil Mediators

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Mediators are pupils who have been chosen from each House by their Housemaster or Housemistress. Their role is to offer a sounding board to all pupils, whatever their age in the School who would like to talk.

Mediators have received formal training in active listening skills and they will hopefully be able to help, and if necessary, find the right adult with whom problems can be shared and appropriate support received. They have a genuine care for the wellbeing of others. The Deputy Head is responsible for the team and from September 2019, they will be trained as part of the Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Programme that King’s also hosts for other schools to attend. During training, pupils are asked to reflect on the following questions:

  • What are your rights as students at King’s?
  • What is a mediator’s responsibility?
  • How can we enable students at King’s to fulfil their rights?
  • What qualities/skills are needed to be a mediator?
  • How can mediators gain the trust of students in their House?
  • What should students do with the information they are told?

Each pupil brings personal experiences to the role; some have overcome leaving home to board and some have travelled across the world away from their families to fulfil their academic education in a foreign language. Others have suffered bullying at previous schools and overcome such issues. Many have just loved their life at King's and want others to experience similar joys during their time at the School.

They will be easily recognised as their names are displayed in each boarding house and around the School. Moreover, they introduce themselves in assembly at the start of the academic year.

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