Supporting peers through student mentoring


  • 200 students
  • 13-16 years old
  • 2 year project

As part of their work developing the school council, students at Ormiston NEW Academy are training as student mentors and developing leadership skills. Students are training to gain ASDAN qualifications in mentoring, using the skills gained to support younger students in the school as well as at local primaries. This is creating a ‘cycle of leadership’ where the values and skills gained are cascaded to primary age students.

Ran by: Head of Health and Social Care, PSHE Coordinator

External involvement: Local elderly home, local primary schools, ASDAN

Other attributes developed: Confidence, resilience

Reflection: Students taking part in the project meet weekly with staff to discuss how the project is running and reflect on skills gained. Staff also provide ‘check-ins’ with opportunity to reflect on learning

Links to curriculum learning: PSHE

Opportunities to link to career-related learning: Students could explore the range of job opportunities working with young people, e.g. teacher or teaching assistant. Links to Gatsby Benchmarks 4 and 5 - Linking curriculum learning to careers, and encounters with employers and employee