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    Pupils' Benefit From Peer Support

    Kimbolton Fourth Formers lend their support to Year 5 pupils at Greenfields Primary, Kettering.

    Greenfields Primary School, Kettering, yesterday (22 Jan) welcomed nine of our Fourth Form pupils into their Year 5 classroom as part of our schools’ joint "peer support" programme. The Kimbolton pupils taught a fun and interactive lesson on the topic of “resilience” with 60 nine- and ten-year-olds.

    The scheme, now in its fifth year, is led by Kimbolton School English teachers Mrs Sophie Poole and Mr Tristan Pithers. The role of our Fourth Formers is to support and guide the younger children to solve problems in the classroom and to inspire each other in their shared learning. They are looking forward to returning to Greenfields in the Summer term, to run a Drama workshop. 

    Peer mentoring schemes offer many benefits both to the mentors and to their fellow pupils. These include raising aspirations, increasing self-esteem and confidence; improving social interaction; and boosting academic achievement. Pupils develop life skills such as effective listening, problem solving and leadership.

    Fourth Form volunteer Ellie said: “This project has a positive impact on all of us - not just the younger pupils. We all gain so much from these visits and from sharing our experiences.”