What is a peer mediator? A class of Year Five children give their views and are asked by their teacher to consider conflict and how to deal with it. They recall incidents of conflict they have experienced. A peer mediator is someone who can see both sides of an argument and help others to come to a solution themselves. Role-play helps the children find solutions to conflict. Children think they can perhaps understand children's problems better than adults.
This clip is useful to introduce a way in which children could support other children to resolve a conflict. Encourage pupils to discuss which could be the three most common causes of conflict in the school playground during breaks. What would a peer mediator do in these cases? Children could then work in pairs to write a short story about working well together and resolving a conflict. They could use the ideas and situations mentioned in class as a guide.