Simply, I have never enjoyed a summer course more than I have this year. The module material, lesson content, resources and links on Bullying Prevention: Friendship and Inclusion were of the highest quality. Due to the very realistic strategies and positive interventions, I feel that I am now better equipped to be more vigilant in detecting signs of bullying and how to deal with situations in a more constructive manner. I am also a huge believer in Restorative Practice and I thought that Michelle’s module was fantastic; extremely informative and practical. I will be taking a lot of what I have learned and I am excited to bring this new learning into my classroom in SeptemberNiamh - Dublin
I really found this course beneficial for my teaching and learning. There were many useful strategies that can be applied to different classroom settings. There was a real focus on positive environment and friendships which will hopefully, in turn, reduce the bullying behaviours in the class. There are lots of strategies that can be used across the school also.
This course was different to other courses as it dealt specifically with bullying and fostering a classroom climate and atmosphere of inclusion and friendship so that bullying behaviours will reduce.
Includes free module on Restorative Practice
Cultivating friendship and inclusion in school
All summer courses are approved for EPV days.
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.
Overall Course Aims:
Foster your understanding about the prevalence of bullying in primary school. Reflect on current classroom practice and inform yourself about DES guidelines on best practice in relation to preventing and intervening in relation to bullying.
Explore how to encourage a school-wide approach to bullying prevention and intervention. Develop an insight into Restorative Practice with a view to possibly implementing this measure in your school. Discover how to integrate drama, literacy, PE, Circle Time and ICT to promote friendship and inclusion in your classroom. Learn to promote pro-social behaviour and to embed a respect for diversity. Your learning will complement the SPHE curriculum and encourage reflection in relation to the school Code of behaviour, Acceptable use policy (ICT) and Anti-bullying policy.
Your course will inform SSE in the areas of SPHE, the school Code of Behaviour, the AUP and the school Anti-bullying policy. Active and collaborative learning strategies will be promoted throughout the course. On a whole school level, participants will be guided to lead discussions about diversity and inclusion. The goal is to create a learning environment which is psychologically safe and to equip children to identify and widen their circle of friends.
Module Learning Outcomes:
Module 1 Introduction – 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, 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
Module 2 Prevention and 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
Module 3 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
Module 4 Cultivating a friendly and inclusive classroom
Appreciate why it is important to actively cultivate a friendly and inclusive learning environment
Scaffold 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 class to identify personal strengths and those of others, fostering good self-esteem
Teach age appropriate cooperative games to promote friendship and inclusion on the yard
Consider how the school community might support children by implementing a range of strategies that foster positive interactions on the yard
Module 5 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
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.