Monday, December 29, 2008

Education in the News: UK students to mentor each other

The UK government is pumping money into a program to train pupils to mentor each other. Jessica Shepherd wrote in the Guardian Newspaper:

"English schools will receive almost three-quarters of a million pounds over the next two years to train their pupils to listen to one another's problems.

Pupils in secondary schools and colleges will be taught to help classmates who struggle to form friendships or find it hard to express themselves.

Ministers hope the "peer mentors" will defuse arguments through discussion, reduce bullying, improve behaviour and raise attainment."

To read the full article, please click here.

What do you think? Can secondary school students really help each other or is this just another big ol' waste of education funding? Have you seen anything like this mentoring program elsewhere? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

1 comment:

  1. Happy New Year victoria! I have written a comment on your recent post about SmartBoards and would be interested to know what you think of my idea.


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