Secondary School Peer Education programme

peer educationThe Spark’s Secondary school Peer Education programme is training designed for young people aged 15 years upwards. Delivered by our Children and Young People Team (CYP) the programme aims to equip young people with the skills to enhance social and emotional wellbeing.

Completion of the Peer Education programme allows participants to become Peer Educators for The Spark. Peer Educators – on a voluntary basis – work with our CYP Team delivering programmes such as Tackling Violence.

Initial training and subsequent work as a Peer Educator supports young people in transitions to further higher education, vocational training or employment. First operated in 2008, the Peer Education programme has helped many participants to progress to employment and further education opportunities.

Programme objectives

The aim of the Peer Education programme is to provide in-depth training to assist in the delivery of Primary school and Secondary school Tackling Violence projects.

Completion of the Peer Education training will enhance the learning capabilities of participants in an academic setting. In addition the skills developed and experience gained as a Peer Educator can support participants in applications for further/higher education or employment.

Programme delivery

The programme is experiential and Peer Educator’s will develop skills in assertiveness, confidence, emotional regulation, managing group dynamics and communication.

Working closely with each participant’s school and teachers, The Spark’s CYP Team ensures delivery of the programme does not adversely affect academic progress. Completion of the programme requires 30 hours combined across initial training and subsequent voluntary work as a Peer Educator. Participation in the programme is managed to fit around the school curriculum, calendar and holidays. Training can be delivered within the school year or during holidays.

Peer Education is for all young people. Participation has been shown to inspire and empower young people from all communities, building on existing strengths and abilities.

Programme outcomes

All participants are registered for their Saltire Volunteering Award. Any time spent training and volunteering on the project counts towards completion of the award. They are also registered with the Disclosure Scotland Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme.

Future projects

To find out more about The Spark’s Peer Education programme and our work with young people in Secondary schools, get in touch with the team. Telephone 0141 222 3910 or complete an enquiry form.