Bullying Prevention

For 2019 our courses will commence on Monday, July 1st and all courses must be completed by 5 pm on Friday 2nd August.  As per the DES criteria you must complete the required time on the course and your start and completion date will now appear on your Cert for your EPV days.  If you buy two or more courses you must only complete one course at a time.

Course places are limited due to DES criteria.

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, 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 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 the 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

Teaching Empathy and Resilience

Define empathy
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 

Free module on Restorative Practice with all Summer Courses
Michelle Stowe brings you an introductory module to Restorative Practice.

What people are saying

Aistear Múinteoir

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.


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 a 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.


Great course full of very useful resources and lots of new ideas. Feeling much more confident about how to foster an environment of friendship and inclusion in the classroom now!


The Bullying Prevention course has been really beneficial for me as a fifth class teacher. I found the content to be extremely relevant and backed up by evidence. In addition to this, I received a lot of practical advice regarding dealing with bullying behaviours, structuring circle time, establishing a positive working relationship with parents and cultivating a culture of friendship within the class and school. I would definitely do a course with Anokha Learning again.


I really enjoyed this super course and I feel that it provided me with a range of new approaches for dealing with bullying which I will definitely be implementing in the coming school year. Thanks!


This course was very informative and has resulted in me reflecting upon my practice as a teacher in order to identify areas for improvement. I feel that after completing this course that I have been equipped with a number of different strategies which I can apply in the classroom in order to further promote an environment of inclusion. Thanks to this course I have really gained a better understanding of the importance of school as a place for cultivating the resilience of children while helping all children to better cope and to managing bullying in a positive manner. 


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 September.


I found the course practical and well-informed and well-structured. I loved that there were plenty of specific examples of measures that could be taken to prevent bullying, to create an inclusive, friendship-orientated culture in a school, and to intervene in cases of bullying. These included an entire module outlining Restorative Practice, which I felt was one of the most worthwhile elements of the course.


I enjoyed my Anokha Learning Summer course. I liked the diverse range of topics to choose from and the course content was relevant to school life. I thought the resources section at the end of each module and the quality of interactions between the tutors and participants, which were very well moderated and rich in content and ideas to take back to the classroom, were very helpful.

Marie O’Sullivan

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.

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