A new project, that trains older students in core coaching and mentoring skills, and matches them with a younger pupil identified by the school  needing near peer support. Schools tend to engage older pupils with students from younger years who are experiencing dfficulty or facing issues that prevent them engaging in their school life. Our “Near Peers” provide an early intervention service.

The older pupils and school can use the training hours and time given in supporting the younger peer as evidence for their Welsh Baccalaureate. In addition those applying to universities or going into employment can highlight the  skills learnt in their applications to institutions and employers.

The project creates a sustainable pool of in-school based volunteers for staff to call upon to support younger pupils and it complements existing buddy systems by creating informed, skilled and supportive near peers. Some also use the techniques learned to find solutions to improve their own grades and studies.

Near Peer is a project we are excited about and feel it is useful for building sustainable wellbeing support systems in schools.

  • I have thoroughly enjoyed being a near peer coach and mentor this year as it has allowed me the opportunity to help those younger than me who were struggling with school life. Furthermore, becoming a near peer coach and mentor has given me tools I need to improve my communication skills which has taught me just how important listening in a conversation is.

    A.O Year 12 -
  • Being a part of the Near Peer Coach and Mentor scheme has been a very fulfilling experience. It gave me a chance to connect to other pupils younger than me and realise the skills needed to become a good coach/mentor. I’ve learnt so much including things I didn’t realise were important life skills I would use, such as listening, asking open/non-leading questions etc. I had worked with three pupils in this last year and each with their own different need, this showed me how the abilities I’ve gained in being a near peercoach/ mentor can be applied to so many aspects and even conflicts that can occur in work and general life. I’d highly recommend becoming a near peer coach/mentor if not just for the important skills, then for the experience and satisfaction in helping younger pupils”

    B.A Year 12 -
  • ‘Being a near peer coach/mentor has allowed me the opportunity to help someone when they needed it the most. It gave them the chance to have the option to talk to someone. The best feeling about it all is when they actually say that they don’t need to see you anymore because they are no longer struggling. You then begin to understand the impact you have had on this person’s life and actually see how you have helped them make improvements. Being a near peer coach and mentor has really been a great experience’.

    M.A Year 12 -
  • ‘Near peer coaching and mentoring was something I had never heard about until the start of year 12. At the end of the initial introduction, I realised how crucial this type of coaching could have been for me or my friends. I know that coaching, mentoring and counselling in general can be beneficial but the age difference between the mentor and mentee can lead to misunderstanding and frustration. Near Peer coaching/mentoring not only provides support for aspects such as school work and stress but being a similar age means that they can talk to someone who has gone through comparable experiences. I think that more people should have a go at near peer coaching and mentoring as it can help you become a better listener and I would highly recommend trying near peer coaching and mentoring – it is a great feeling to know that you have made a positive impact to someone’s life’.

    M.B Year 12 -

Coaching vs Mentoring

Coaching: – Helps the coachee to identify exactly what they want, where they are now, and how to get there. Put simply, coaching is a non-directive confidential conversation, where the coach listens and asks questions and acts as a guide for individual learning. The coach creates a framework that enables the ‘coachee’ to work out his or her own solutions to a problem. This is an empowering experience for the coachee. In this approach, the coach generally avoids giving content especially suggested solutions without permission. Effectively the coachee or young person engaged is participating in self-directed learning, and is gaining the tools and skills to enable them to find solutions to their situation. The coaching relationship is finite and therefore has an end.

Mentoring: – Is an open-ended relationship that provides guidance and advice to the mentee from a “wiser” and “more experienced” mentor, and guides learning and personal development. The mentor advices, intructs, counsels, teaches, encourages, champions and challenges the mentee. It also often involves imparting “specialist” knowledge.

Our Near Peer Coach training enables the trained Near Peers to operate flexibly as coaches and/or mentors. 

WE CAN TRAIN YOUR YOUNG PEOPLE AS NEAR PEER COACHES SO YOUR SCHOOL CAN SET UP A SUSTAINABLE SYSTEM OF SUPPORT FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS

DONATIONS AND FEES ARE APPLICABLE TO SCHOOLS OUTSIDE OF OUR GRANT FUNDED AREA OF OPERATION. INCOME GENERATED SUPPORTS US FUFIL OUR PRIMARY CHARITABLE AIMS

Why Coach Young People?

  • Young people are faced with numerous choices
  • Too much choice may lead to lack of decision making
  • Afraid of making the wrong choice
  • Peer pressure makes the choices for them
  • Creating the ability to dream
  • Increases confidence
  • Creates informed choice
  • Creates a strong sense of personal achievement
  • Creates accountability when working through the choices made
  • Empowers
  • Raises aspirations and self-esteem
  • Challenges limiting beliefs and attitudes, and identifies them

Why Coach Young People?

  • Causes young people to take action and remove barriers to taking action
  • Is forward focussed and solutions orientated
  • Improves stress management
  • Reduces test anxiety
  • Improves wellbeing
  • Helps with conflict management
  • Creates self-awareness and empowers self-regulation
  • Allows for self-directed learning
  • Enables a growth mindset
  • Helps the young person find their values, strengths and skills
  • Builds them up through appreciative enquiry
  • Increases academic engagement

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Near Peer M-c Training (Young People)

This is a full one day training session that is interactive, and equips upto 20 young people  with core coaching and mentoring skills. They will learn:

  • What near peer coaching & mentoring is
  • Roles and responsibilities of the near peer coach/mentor
  • Skills and qualities of a near peer coach/mentor
  • To self-reflect and create self-reflection
  • How people learn
  • Five stages of response/listening
  • Questioning skills
  • Safeguarding
  • The Near Peer process

DONATIONS/FEES APPLY FOR SCHOOLS OUTSIDE OUR AREA: £fee/donation plus travel/accommodation

Near Peer C-m Training (Young People)

This is an indepth two full days and one half day training programme that is  participatory, practice based, and equips upto 20 young people  with deeper coaching skills. They will learn everything from the Near Peer M-c course PLUS +++

  • How to use a structured conversation such as GROW/ TGROW and/or ENABLE
  • Qualities, responsibilities and the role of a coach
  • Coach competencies developmant plan
  • Understand how to motivate people
  • Identify and clarify exact goals
  • The coaching process
  • Manage the first session and subsequent sessions
  • Facilitating self-directed learning
  • Purpose of coaching questions
  • Practice buddy-coaching with each other over 4 sessions
  • Common issues young people present for coaching
  • Observe coaching in action and practice

Parts of this course are modelled on the Level 1 certificate in coaching that has accreditation from the Association of Coaching

DONATIONS/FEES APPLY FOR SCHOOLS OUTSIDE OUR AREA: £fee/donation plus travel/accommodation

Near Peer CPD

These are bite-sized training modules that further equip the Near Peer to support younger people. All the modules are 3 hours long, and have been developed through informed evidence based practice and research.

  • Coach using Solutions Focused Coaching
  • Cognitive Behaviour Coaching
  • Motivational Interviewing and Coaching
  • Health & Wellbeing Coaching
  • Coaching with DNA-v in Mind. (An ACT approach)

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DONATIONS/FEES APPLY FOR SCHOOLS OUTSIDE OUR AREA: £fee/donation plus travel/accommodation