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Building an effective peer mentoring scheme

Peer-to-peer mentoring programmes can be effective in supporting students both academically and pastorally. Keir McDonald offers some pointers on making any initiative a success

Several research studies, spanning nearly 15 years, have illustrated the significant role that peers play not only in forming supportive networks, but also in enhancing learning and personal development.

Peer-to-peer mentorship programmes can greatly help in the transition from primary school to secondary school life for students. When conducted on school grounds in full view of teachers and others in the school community, peer mentorship programmes also provide students with a trusting environment for personal growth.

Once it has been determined that a peer mentoring programme is ideal for your school, you can follow these important steps to help in building a successful initiative.

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