Investigating the extent and use of peer support initiatives in English schools

Houlston, Catherine; Smith, Peter K. and Jessel, John. 2009. Investigating the extent and use of peer support initiatives in English schools. Educational Psychology, 29(3), pp. 325-344. ISSN 0144-3410 [Article]

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This survey aims to give a broad overview of the way peer support is currently used in English primary and secondary schools, and to highlight common patterns. Regional strata samples of schools were selected from an online database. Questionnaire data were obtained from 240 schools (130 primary and 110 secondary), of which 186 had peer support schemes. An adjusted estimation (which makes some correction for non-response error) suggests that 62% of schools are using a structured peer support scheme. The survey results also give an indication of some common patterns and commonalities in the characteristics of existing schemes, as well as some differences between primary and secondary schools. The implementation of peer support is often multi-dimensional, particularly in secondary schools after a scheme had been running for some time. The findings are discussed in relation to previous research and in terms of the nature of school-based peer support programmes.

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29 Mar 2011 12:39

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04 Jul 2017 12:54

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