Part 2: Teachers Can Use Their #PowerforGood To Educate About Bullying Behaviour
All students deserve a happy and safe learning environment so during this year’s Anti-Bullying Week (14 -18 November) here are Prospero Teaching’s top tips for teachers and support staff for dealing with this damaging behaviour.
Use your #PowerforGood to keep bullying out of your classroom and school with Prospero Teaching’s Anti-Bullying Top Tips
- Assess whether any of the children involved are at risk of harm – remember, by law, bullying is a child protection issue.
- Students need to know what school policy is towards bullying behaviour and the procedure for dealing with it. This is essential in making them feel safe and confident in reporting bullying.
- They also need to know that you will listen to them, take their report seriously and believe them for the same reason.
- Make sure they know about helplines such as CHILDLINE, how to contact them and that they’ll take their call at any time.
- The child on the receiving end of the bullying behaviour should not be asked to change their behaviour.
- They also need to know and believe that reporting bullying behaviour will put an end to it and not result in further bullying or discrimination. In other words, you/the school need to ensure your response changes the bullying behaviour
- Students need to know HOW to report it so make it clear throughout the school and on the school website.
- Following on from this it is therefore essential to keep a written record of the incident/s and action taken including type, times, places, names of those involved and any evidence eg screen shots of anything captured online or in pictures on phones.
- And just as in BfL, any disciplinary measures need to be consistent and applied evenly and fairly.
- School also needs to consider the motivations of the perpetrator; is he/she experiencing problems? Do they need support/help?
- Involve parents/carers of perpetrators, bystanders and those on the receiving end of the bullying behaviour until it has stopped. This means advising what action is taking place, why, where and when and also request that good behaviour is valued and rewarded at home.
- As bullying is repetitive by nature it is important that you inquire regularly with everyone involved to check the bullying hasn’t carried on.
- These days there are a multitude of organisations with proven track records and specialist expertise you can turn to for help. They also have resources aimed at both teachers and students. Here are some of them:-
We’ve been delivering anti-bullying workshops up and down the length of the country and you can read about them, our first part of this blog series and our other anti-bullying blogs on our website
Do you have any top tips for dealing with anti-bullying that you’ve found particularly successful? You can show you care and thereby help other teachers and students by sharing them here with the Prospero Community…