Developing peer-to-peer mentoring

Learn how to use peer mentoring effectively and what peer-to-peer sessions might look like, to create a supportive professional culture in your school.

Last reviewed on 27 May 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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Contents
  1. Benefits of peer-to-peer mentoring
  2. Coaching has different goals
  3. Mentoring lends space to support staff
  4. You won't always reach a conclusion
  5. Implementing peer support

Benefits of peer-to-peer mentoring

Peer-to-peer mentoring supports staff wellbeing by developing trust among colleagues. A DfE report on staff wellbeing found that peer support networks – and, in a wider sense, good working relationships – help build a workplace culture where staff enjoy:

  • A sense of community in the workplace
  • Sharing ideas and practices
  • An inclusive and friendly approach to work
  • Time to interact informally with colleagues

Address issues and solve problems

Built in support for wellbeing is one of the 7 recommendations made by the DfE’s expert advisory group on staff wellbeing. Mentoring can help you build peer-to-peer support and foster a staff