Taking practical actions (together) to prevent bullying
Both research and anecdotal evidence tell us that bullying affects the lives of many of our children and young people. Working together in partnership to reduce bullying in our schools and communities is crucial. The differen
ce it could make to just one child or young person’s life is a difference worth making.
Preventing Bullying: Creating Non-Aggressive School Cultures is a practical and comprehensive resource for teachers, parents/carers and other professionals involved in managing the effects of bullying. With sample policies, top tips, information for parents and students, case studies, and additional resources, Preventing Bullying: Creating Non-Aggressive School Cultures will provide your school with the information and resources it needs to successfully combat bullying.
Preventing Bullying: Creating Non-Aggressive School Cultures is a comprehensive resource that:
Supports staff, parents/carers and students to understand the impact of bullying on your school’s culture
Includes practical materials that have been successfully developed and tested in the field
Raises awareness and supports the development of a whole-school Anti-Bullying Policy
Includes comprehensive induction and training activities and PowerPoint presentations.
This toolkit provides a comprehensive resource for students, staff, parents/carers and other professionals working with children and young people both in and out of the school context.
Summary of contents
Preventing Bullying: Creating Non-Aggressive School Cultures will help you develop and enhance your school’s Anti-Bullying Policy using suggestions from both students and parents/carers. This highly practical resource is relevant to all schools and will ensure that awareness, understanding and methods of coping with each type of bullying are presented to students, parents/carers and professionals engaged in creating safe learning contexts.
All printable resources, information pages and PowerPoint files are presented on a CD-ROM and there is also an audio file recording diary entries to illustrate different types of bullying.
Preventing Bullying: Creating Non-Aggressive School Cultures will:
• Provide your school with an example of best practice Anti-Bullying Policy
• Engage students and parents/carers in developing systems to combat bullying
• Engage students and parents in actively developing and reviewing the Anti-Bullying Policy
• Provide professional development for all staff involved in the prevention of bullying
• Develop staff, parent/carer and student knowledge and awareness of bullying through introductory training sessions
• Give your students the opportunity to develop a range of strategies and skills for effective problem solving and peer support structures.
Training Session for Staff
This training session introduces and clarifies the various forms of bullying experienced by young people both in and out of the school context.
Staff are given opportunities to consider how bullying takes place between students, students and staff, between staff or by individuals and groups, face to face, indirectly or by using a range of cyberbullying methods. Staff are also encouraged to develop an Anti-Bullying Policy as part of the school’s wider behaviour policy.
This presentation details each of these measures in turn and provides participants with a framework for developing the policy and procedures in line with best practice.
Training Session for Parents/Carers
There is a focus in this training session on ways that schools can involve parents/carers, how parents/carers can report bullying and the ways in which the parents/carers of bullies and victims can be supported. This training session also outlines the aims, objectives and content of the student programme, with the opportunity for parents/carers to try out some of the activities.
Training Session for Students
This training session will provide students with the opportunity to define bullying, to clarify various types of bullying and to reflect on the role of the bystander. Students will also be given the opportunity to practise a range of assertiveness skills and strategies. Students are also encouraged to develop their own rules for ensuring that a non-aggressive school culture is fostered and maintained by all involved.
The Student Programme
The student programme is a comprehensive teaching and learning resource. It consists of ten sessions designed to highlight key issues surrounding bullying and methods to engage students in dealing with these issues.
Session 1: Fat Girl
Bullying due to appearance
Session 2: A Race Issue
Session 3: Gay Boy
Session 4: Special Needs
Bullying due to special needs or disability
Session 5: A Traveller’s Tale
Bullying due to race/difference or appearance
Session 6: Religious Matters
Bullying due to religion or culture
Session 7: Sexual Bullying
Bullying of a sexual nature
Session 8: Facial Features
Bullying due to facial disfigurement
Session 9: Poverty Counts
Bullying due to poverty or social exclusion
Session 10: Wellbeing Issues
Bullying due to self-harm or mental health issues
Each session includes an introduction, icebreaker activity, diary entry, questions for discussion, skills practice and plenary.
Appendices and Further Resources
This section includes a selection of further information and resources designed to save the staff in your school time. Resources include:
Appendix 1: Sample Anti-Bullying Policy
Appendix 2: Information Page for Parents/Carers
Appendix 3: Information Page for Students
Appendix 4: Ten Top Tips for Students
Appendix 5: Case Studies
Appendix 6: Useful Resources and Support Agencies