Discovering Role Models: Peer-Led Mentoring in Schools

Module code: X4910E
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

The Role Models Project is a peer-led mentoring project. It trains students to create and facilitate workshops for young people (aged 12–15) at BACA (Brighton Aldridge Community Academy). This provides young people in the local community with role models, a safe supported space to be listened to and ask questions, and an appropriate environment in which to engage with important PSHE topics.

You'll bring your own passion and ideas, and reflect on your own experiences, values and 'what you wish you’d known'. Training will build your skills and confidence in participatory facilitation and working with young people, as well as:

  • the project’s social pedagogic theoretical framework
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • safeguarding and boundaries.

You combine academic learning with practical application to research, design and deliver workshops. The workshops have an open theme on mental health and wellbeing. Your role is to consider what topics are important to you, research contemporary approaches, and – most importantly – listen to the young people, in order to create workshops that are relevant, interesting and useful for them. Past topics have included everything from emotional literacy to supporting your peers to body image ideals on Instagram.

You can this as a stand-alone module, or follow it with Developing Role Models: Mentoring in the spring term – developing your experience and skills even further. 

More information can be found on the Role Models page.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding, interpersonal skills and confidence to successfully and meaningfully engage in the Role Model project.
  • Reflect on, discuss and present individual experiences of childhood, education and family life, PHSE curriculum topics (e.g. mental health, food and body image, sexuality and gender) which inform or challenge their own opinions;
  • Develop and employ specific study skills (including: academic writing and independent learning) and creative ways to construct and present informed positions and arguments