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A Whole School Approach

A whole school approach to anti-bullying is cohesive, collective and collaborative action in and by a school community that has been strategically constructed with school leadership to reduce bullying and respond to it appropriately.

There is evidence that a ‘whole school approach’ (Cambridge Education, 2005) where the whole school community, including the pupils, teachers, support staff; parents and board of governors, are involved in confronting the issue of bullying is the most effective approach to tackling bullying in school.

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A strategic whole school approach tackles bullying from many angles across the school and includes:

  • senior leadership and pupil and parent voice thread throughout
  • a strong whole school anti-bullying policy
  • underlying values and school ethos 
  • cross curricular approach
  • training and staff development
  • prevention strategies
  • reporting and response strategies

A whole school approach, along with school leadership, needs to be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.

As part of the All Together programme ABA is producing a whole school audit and action planning tool to help schools asses their practice from a whole school perspective. You can join the programme today to access the tool. You can also have a look at the Kiva Programme - another whole school programme.

Diana Award have created a useful process guide for schools about the whole-school approach to anti-bullying