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Building a Bully-free Classroom

Mental Health

What will you learn?

Bullying can have a lifelong affect on a child’s mental health and the rise of cyber-bullying makes it even more difficult to control in our schools. In these modules Professor Peter Smith shares decades of research and expertise in the field of bullying. He explains how to recognise bullying in the classroom and which children are most vulnerable. He offers practical support on developing a whole-school approach to erradicating bullying as well as individual support for at risk students. He also shares important legislation that all schools need to know when developing their anti-bullying policy.

Module Titles

1. Introduction – what bullying is, types, roles.

2. The prevalence of bullying and methods of finding out about it.

3. Age and gender differences.

4. Risk factors for prejudice-based bullying.

5. Signs of bullying and the effects it has – short-term and long-term.

6. The range of causes of bullying – socio-ecological model – individual/family/peers/school/society/media.

7. Individual coping strategies and assertiveness training.

8. School policies, classroom rules, proactive strategies such as curriculum work.

9. Reactive strategies to deal with bullying when it happens.

10. Peer support schemes –types, strengths and limitations.

11. Legislation, anti-bullying programs, organisations, websites.

12. Summary.

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Professor Peter Smith

Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College

Professor Peter K Smith is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and is world renownd for his research into children’s social development. He’s done extensive research into bullying and violent behaviour in children and is the author of ‘Understanding Children’s Development’ and ‘The Psychology of School Bullying’. Peter is an Oxford graduate and gained his PhD at Sheffield Uni, before becoming Head of School and Family Studies at Goldsmith’s University for 13 years. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Association of Psychological Sciences, and the Academy of Social Sciences.