2012-2013 year one evaluation
An evaluation of year one of the Sussex peer mentoring programme 2021-2013 revealed its successes.
During 2012-13 over 500 pupils aged between 8 and 16 attended training sessions and went on to participate in a variety of peer support projects in their schools, with playground buddying, 1-1 matched peer mentoring and lunch clubs being the most popular options.
It’s proved a great success, as comments from schools show:
- All of the buddies are really enthusiastic about their roles. The children have reacted well to the scheme, particularly the younger ones
- The project is going really well so far. The mentors feel a real responsibility to support their mentees and are enjoying the role. Mentees are benefiting from the support they are getting and it is having a positive effect on the majority of children
- I have been amazed how this has helped in such a short period of time.
Evaluation of the project in year one revealed that following training 96% pupils felt more confident about being a peer mentor. And after participating in the project most peer supporters benefited from increased confidence while those receiving support were significantly happier as a result of having a mentor. Findings from year one also suggest the peer support work made a valuable contribution to pastoral systems with two-thirds of project leads feeling that it enhanced their professional practice and 86% stating that it had a positive impact on the overall ethos of their school.