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Developing a whole school approach to tackle bullying

 

Developing a whole school approach to tackle bullying

 

By law, all state schools must possess a behaviour policy that includes measures to prevent bullying from taking place. But a policy, sometimes, is not enough. Despite this requirement, bullying seems to grow more out of hand, heavily impacting a student’s mental and social well-being. Bullying can be found anywhere, even in the highest-performing schools, damaging to not only the victims of bullying, but also the bullies themselves.

 

Establish a positive school environment. Schools with a positive environment have found to foster healthy development, with not only the academic progress but the overall mental well-being of the students. On the other hand, schools with a negative climate are connected with higher and more alarming rates of bullying, through the direct rise of aggression and maltreatment of the students. So what actually makes up a positive environment?

 

Diversity. A school culture that values diversity in the classroom may have a good influence on the entire school community. When this occurs, a school community provides a secure, purposeful, and supportive environment for students and staff, allowing them to thrive academically and socially. Diversity is everything that distinguishes one person from another. Race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs are just a few of the variables. All of these elements combine to shape how pupils interact with the environment. Teaching these differences is important in preventing bullying, as it educates students on diversity.

 

Communication. Building strong relationships with your student, as you know, is critical to create a productive learning and personal growth environment. Then there's the question of whether or not teachers are prepared to cope with bullying. Students routinely indicate that teachers overlook the majority of bullying occurrences and fail to assist students when they seek for support. The majority of teachers say they are unprepared to deal with bullying in the classroom. Leadership makes up for a positive environment too. At the start of any school year, teachers should display their expectations to the students, in terms of behavior. Not only this, but they should also explain why these expectations are there, and the consequences to poor behavior, especially bullying. This will discourage any bullies from continuing their hurtful behavior, ultimately reducing the likelihood of it taking place.

 

Promoting Class Discussion. Hold frequent class meetings to check in with all of your students and encourage them to speak up in a positive way. Encourage your pupils to interact positively, and allow them to express their emotions. Urge them to listen to one another, as this is significant to being able to feel comfortable talking about your feelings. Hopefully, this practices the students to be vocal to others, and if they are ever bullied, you can rely on them to tell you, aiding yourself in managing the problem.

 

Consider these techniques of improving your classroom environment, whilst creating and managing an approach to tackle the problem. Remember, students are there to learn. Why risk the most important years of their life down to a lack of knowledge on how to maintain a friendly and welcoming classroom?