Difficulties with Peer Relationships

It is important to note that at different stages, there may be difficulties in peer relationships, which may be normal.

Learning to resolve arguments and differences is an important part of growing up. However there are times when difficulties appear to fall outside the normal range - eg. when events outside the school impact on a pupil's ability to interact appropriately.

Name-calling, bullying and teasing are best tackled by consistent implementation of whole school policies which are familiar to all and are frequently reviewed.

In addition, the following may be useful:

  • Circle Time.
  • Groups focussed around particular themes such as anger management, self esteem and assertiveness.
  • Conflict resolution.
  • Playground buddies.
  • Looking at the structure of the school day and targeting flashpoints, particular times and places - eg. movement between lessons.
  • Reparation.
  • Home/school liaison.
  • Peer mediation.
  • Mentoring.
  • Utilising the curriculum - eg. PSE/tutorial/RE.
  • Schemes such as Assertive Discipline.
  • Staff being aware of the needs of particular individuals.
  • Outside organisations such as theatre groups, police, Childline etc.
  • Behaviour monitoring class/individual/group.
  • Classroom grouping/organisation.
  • Review of the playground and dinner hall arrangements - spacing, activities, routines.
  • Rewards.
  • Places of safety.