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Opportunities to promote anti-bullying messages through the curriculum.

What can schools teach to prevent bullying?

The most effective way of preventing bullying through the curriculum is to create effective learning environments in which:

  • the contribution of all pupils is valued
  • all pupils can feel secure and are able to contribute appropriately
  • stereotypical views are challenged, and pupils learn to appreciate and view positively differences in others whether arising from race, culture, gender, sexuality, ability or disability
  • pupils learn to take responsibility for their actions and behaviours both in school and in the wider community
  • all forms of bullying and harassment are challenged
  • pupils are supported to develop their social and emotional skills.

The curriculum includes all the planned learning activities, explicit and implicit, which a school promotes. So when reviewing the curriculum for anti-bullying work schools will find it useful to review:

  • the school-curriculum policy and the responsibilities of all curriculum team leaders in taking account of anti-bullying work and tackling prejudice that may give rise to bullying in their curriculum area
  • the contribution to anti-bullying work in specific curriculum areas such as personal, social and health education (PSHE), citizenship and in the social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) programme
  • how assemblies, class time and tutorial time are, and can be, used as teaching opportunities for anti-bullying principles and practice
  • how transition is planned and delivered:
    • at planned times (e.g. for Years 6 and 7 pupils
    • for individuals arriving at other times in the school year
    • for individuals needing specific support.

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Last updated: 16 October 2015

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