The first step any teacher can take is to recognise it a behaviour between peers is one that you should be concerned about and constitutes  bullying or not. Sharing your  thoughts and concerns with your colleagues, after close examination of those concerning behaviours will be helpful for you.

When facing bullying situations, it is important that neither the bully or the victim sense you are minimizing the problem.  You need to be confident when showing clear decisive interventions , paying particular attention a victim’s needs as well as others who may be aware of the situation. Pay attention to the experiences of all the children involved, even those who were holding the “audience” role.

Try to create an atmosphere of mutual listening and trust in order to make children understand the importance of asking for help for themselves and for others is critical in establishing a bully free school environment. Children need to hear from you than speaking out is not  a weakness or tell tales on others, but a brave, caring and responsible way to act to protect vulnerable child who may be at risk. Explaining that speaking out against a bully can also help a bully in the future to develop better behaviours that will help them too.  

As part of a school team you can help  your school  raise  awareness about the issue, and with the support of an expert if necessary, engage with parents to improve their  awareness, perhaps by putting on  training initiatives for both parents and teachers. This helps to promote a team-culture based on solidarity, collaboration, empathy, and respect for diversity. Foster a school-family dialogue gradually creates an educational alliance and a climate of collaboration among parents and pupils.. This attitude allows people to come together, look and act in unison when it comes to tackling the issue that promotes change and powerful interventions that go beyond the school setting.

21 November 2019

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