Bullying Prevention: Cultivating friendship and inclusion in school - Summer CPD Course
This Bullying Prevention course is different. As well as aiming to prevent bullying, this course promotes fostering a classroom/school climate of inclusion and friendship so that bullying behaviours will reduce. Your learning will look at building children’s communication skills and empathy as an important aspect of bullying prevention. We explore why bullies engage in bullying behaviour as this can be helpful for resolution and rebuilding relationships.
Discover how to empower bystanders – those who may witness incidents of bullying with a view to equipping them with the tools and confidence to take action. The aim is to ensure children see bullying as the exception rather than the rule. Restorative Practice is introduced as a powerful tool for conflict resolution and restoring relationships.
All summer courses are approved for EPV days.
Understanding Bullying in Primary School
Know the DES definition of bullying.
Identify different types of bullying.
Recognise the prevalence of bullying in Irish schools.
Name locations where bullying commonly occurs.
Recognise common traits of victims and bullies.
Discuss the effects of bullying – victim, bully, a bystander.
Understand factors that may contribute to bullying.
Determine possible indicators that someone is being bullied.
Know teacher roles and responsibilities.
Access resources to raise awareness about the incidence and impact of bullying.
Prevention & Intervention
Recall reasons why targets do not report bullying.
Recognise the advantages of the school-wide approach.
Appreciate the need to teach about Cyberbullying and homophobic bullying.
Identify strategies for raising awareness about bullying.
Employ appropriate prevention and early intervention measures.
Promoting Respectful Relationships
Understand what a friendly and inclusive classroom looks like and how it can prevent bullying behaviours.
Recognise the teacher’s role in modelling respect.
Develop an appreciation of the importance of fostering positive relationships with parents/guardians.
Employ appropriate strategies to promote positive teacher-children and peer to peer relationships.
Support children to develop their self-awareness and emotional literacy.
Understand the need to establish a respect for difference in their class.
Cultivating a Friendly and Inclusive Classroom
Appreciate why it is important to actively cultivate a friendly and inclusive learning environmentScaffold the development of supportive peer to peer relationships.
Embed friendship and inclusion in classroom practice through the use of age-appropriate drama activities, songs, stories and poems.
Employ cooperative learning strategies to foster positive interactions and expand friendships.
Encourage the class to identify personal strengths and those of others, fostering good self-esteem.
Teach age-appropriate cooperative games to promote friendship and inclusion in the yard.
Consider how the school community might support children by implementing a range of strategies that foster positive interactions in the yard.
Teaching Empathy and Resilience
Select appropriate exercises to embed empathy in their classroom practice.
Understand how Restorative Practice can help children to self-regulate and take responsibility for their actions.
Communicate an appreciation of diversity.
Highlight the importance of standing up for what is right.
Scaffold learning about apologising and forgiveness.
Promote kindness in their classrooms.
Share useful tips for teaching empathy with parents and guardians.
Recapitulation and consolidation of the course material
Bonus Module - Restorative Practice
A Free module on Restorative Practice with all Summer Courses.
Michelle Stowe brings you an introductory module to Restorative Practice.
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Course Author - Bullying Prevention
Marie O’Sullivan is a qualified IT trainer, primary school teacher, and counsellor. She also has a degree in Business and Languages. She has trained corporate and CE scheme clients on a wide range of software packages. Marie has previously co-facilitated an IT Summer CPD course at DWEC. She has integrated her extensive knowledge, experience, and skills into practical courses aimed at supporting teachers to prevent bullying and to empower the children in their care. Marie is passionate about listening to children and validating their experiences. She believes that every child has the potential to thrive and achieve when they feel psychologically safe. Marie is an advocate of the school-wide approach and the synergy which emerges when staff, parents/guardians and children collaborate.