PLAYTIME arguments don't last for long at Holmfirth Junior and Infant School - thanks to a mediation programme.
Tricia Skilbeck, assistant deputy head, worked with educational social worker Lynne Christopher to devise a programme to train children to become mediators.
They have been using it at the school for three years to help children sort out problems between themselves.
"The aim is to get children to look at the problem from both sides," said Mrs Skilbeck.
"If a child has fallen out with another the mediators will listen to both sides to try and find a solution.
"Ours is one of the first schemes in the country and we think we are the first in Kirklees," she added.
"I trained as a mediator eight years ago and wondered how I could use that skill to train children.
"So I got together with the educational social worker and together we set up a programme to train children how to be mediators.
"Now, we are starting to train teachers to become mediators, too."
The school already has a befriending service, in which children look after others who seem to be on their own.
"If, after talking to the children who are on their own, the befrienders think the children would benefit from a mediator, we suggest they come in to talk about their problem," said Mrs Skilbeck.
"In the end, we want everybody to win."