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B.E.S.T. Buddies

B.E.S.T. Buddies
A Comprehensive Training Programme Introducing a Peer Buddy System to Support Students Starting Secondary School

January 2002 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Peer buddy schemes are gaining popularity as a means of supporting new pupils. Benefits help not only the new pupils but also the supporters.

The existence of a peer support system was perceived as beneficial to the school as a whole. Naylor & Cowie 1999.

Research into peer buddy systems indicates they:

" protect against bullying

" promote a caring school

" enhance befrienders communication skills

" build confidence and trust

" provide positive role models.

A photocopiable resource containing everything needed to implement, support and evaluate a peer support scheme, comprising:

" teacher notes

" six training sessions

" student handbook.

Part One
Introduction and Background

Aims and Rational

Structure of the Programme

Part Two
The Training

Part Three
Peer Buddy Handbook