Developing Role Models: Peer-Led Mentoring in Schools

Module code: X4911E
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Group presentation, Essay

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 combine academic learning with practical application to research, design and deliver workshops to the young people at BACA. 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.

Developing Role Models: Mentoring can be taken independently or as a follow up to Discovering Role Models: Mentoring. This module is an opportunity to create more in-depth workshops, focusing on developing young people’s agency and critical thinking. The workshops created will be led by what you are passionate about within the broad PSHE framework, feedback received on the Autumn term and what the young people at BACA feel is relevant and interesting to them. Past themes have included gender identity, sexuality, relationships, the media and more.

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 Models 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