A group of Sixth Formers travelled to Liverpool to do a mediation course and have learnt new skills they’ve already been putting into good use.
TalkingWorks provides a one-day practical training in mediation skills developed specifically for sixth-formers and other post-16 students.
One of the founders of TalkingWorks is SDC school Chaplain Tim Hall, who has over 35 year’s experience working in conflict resolution among young people as a teacher and as an ordained minister of the Church in Wales. He was appointed Chaplain at St David’s College in Llandudno in 1990 and began introducing mediation skills training in 1996. Since then his work has drawn him into facilitating conflict resolution in every facet of school life.
He has been collaborating with TalkingWorks since 2011.
Reverend Hall said: “Through the workshop students acquire skills they can immediately put to use in their lives such as active listening, empathising, effective questioning, generating solutions and being impartial.
“Conflict resolution is a skill for life, put simply, those that can resolve conflict go further than those who cannot.”
Sixth former Georgia Davies, who wants to become a lawyer, said: “I didn’t know anything about mediation before I did the course, but now I’m already using what I’ve learnt.
“I now know to be calmer in a situation that involves any conflict, and to have empathy for the other side.
“I’ve always hated any sort of confrontation but now know how to deal with it in a better way.”
Georgia who is studying Art, English Literature and Geography A ‘level, added: “This new-found skill will really help me in my career in law, especially in family law.”
Adrian Picken, who is studying DT, art, drama and CAD, said: “I’m a scout leader so learning about mediation will help resolve any disputes that arise.
“Mediation will help to resolve arguments in a more constructive way and it will assist us older ones become better role models for the younger pupils.”