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TITLE OF DOCUMENT:

Bullying - Don't Suffer in Silence - an anti-bullying pack for schools

NAME OF AUTHOR(S):

Professor Peter Smith (Goldmith's College, University of London)

NAME OF PUBLISHER:

University of London

LANGUAGE OF DOCUMENT:

English

LANGUAGE OF THE REVIEW:

English

KEYWORDS:

Anti-bullying pack,

DOCUMENT TYPOLOGY:

Research

TARGET GROUP OF PUBLICATION:

Policy Makers, Teachers, School Directors.

SIZE OF THE PUBLICATION:

21 - 100 pages

DESCRIPTION OF CONTENTS:

This pack is based on research, relevant experience and current legislation. The pack begins with a section on a whole school policy, including guidance on establishing a policy in four stages:

1) Raising awareness & consultation
2) Implementation
3) Monitoring
4) Evaluation

Part 2 is about pupil's experiences, based on a survey of 5 primary schools and 14 secondary schools, taking evidence from over 2000 pupils.

Part 3 provides information about survey methods
Part 4 provides information on strategies to combat bullying
Part 5 provides information on working with parents
Part 6 provides information on what is needed beyond the classroom e.g. in the playground
Part 7 Summarises 3 case studies
Part 8 Suggests sources of further information and helpful organisations
Part 9 provides advice for pupils, parents and families, including suggesting resources and organisations to help parents and families

REVIEWER’S COMMENTS ON THE DOCUMENT:

Although this research didn't provide quite what we expected it does nevertheless have some useful information. The section on establishing a policy is helpful although most if not all schools in the UK will already have a policy in place.

Part 2 includes some interesting statistical information about the incidence of bullying and bullying trends across different age groups.

We particularly liked Part 4, which provides information on:

1) Curricular approaches to bullying
2) Choosing strategies for reducing bullying
3) Working with victims
4) When tougher measures are needed - mainly concentrating in the
range of sanctions available

Part 5 covers working with parents and gives helpful guidance for teachers and how to respond.

We were disappointed with Part 7 because we feel that the three case studies are of only very limited value.

Parts 8 & 9 however were better and contian useful references for teachers, school directors, parents and families.

Overall we feel that this is a worthwhile resource.

NAME OF THE REVIEWING ORGANISATION:

Wilsthorpe Community School

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