Peer Education Project (PEP)

The Peer Education Project is a secondary school based, educational programme that aims to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to safeguard their mental health, and that of their peers.

From my own personal experience working in the programme, it has helped me gain an understanding of everyone’s individual viewpoints, and helped me to explore new perspectives and ideas about mental health. - Peer educator

How does PEP work?

PEP can be delivered in your school in 4 simple steps- we provide all the resources and support you need! 

Step 1 

School staff complete a series of online training videos, which covers the key concepts, project structure and materials. By training school staff to deliver the project in their own schools, the project aims to build capacity within schools to run the project year-on-year. 

Step 2 

The trained school staff select and train older pupils, known as Peer Educators, using our detailed training plan. Peer Educators are typically aged 14 and upwards. 

Step 3 

Older pupils deliver the five lessons to younger pupils, known as Peer Learners, using our detailed lesson plans. Peer Learners are typically aged 11 & 12. 

The lessons cover: 

  • Mental health is something we all have, like physical health, and moves along a spectrum. 
  • The risk and protective factors to our mental health, including dispelling common myths around mental health. 
  • The ways to look after our mental health and wellbeing, and where to seek help when needed. 
  • The ways we can support our peers. 

Step 4 

Embedding this crucial mental health knowledge within the curriculum can support a whole-school approach to positive mental health and wellbeing, as well as directly creating a learning opportunity for senior pupils. We support and direct schools to additional resources which can help build upon the project and develop a mentally healthy school culture. 

Read about our additional resources for schools

 

Boy and school girl

Project evaluations

Mental health is something we all have, like physical health, and moves along a spectrum.

​External evaluation conducted by the University of Bristol and Lancaster University (2020-2022), funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research (project number SPHR PHPES025) 

Read more about this evaluation

External evaluation conducted by the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families (2016-2017)

A student working at the whiteboard in a classroom, as part of the Peer Education Project

Online PEP platform

Our online PEP platform is designed to be your one-stop-shop to the project – providing all the resources you will need to introduce the project into your school curriculum. Find out more about the project and register your school today!

Contact us

We are currently working to bring the project to more schools around the UK. Get in touch with us if you'd like to take part, or to find out more about what's involved.