At Brainwaves, we know the importance of providing a caring, friendly and safe learning environment for all pupils, which is why we offer a large range of anti-bullying resources to raise awareness and reward kindness. This week, Monday 11th to Friday15th November is Anti-Bulling Week and has the theme ‘Change Starts With Us’, organised by the Anti Bullying Alliance (ABA). This is a dedicated time to raise awareness, but, of course, anti-bullying is a big part of a school’s everyday practice, and needs to be a continual message to pupils... Read on for ways to promote anti-bullying in the classroom, and how rewards can help.
Set the stage
One of the first things to do is set a positive environment in the classroom. Anti-bullying posters are a great way to add a permanent feature in your classroom, which works as a visual aid in the learning process. They are an effective way to catch and hold the attention of pupils, as well as motivate them to practice what the bright illustrations are promoting.
It’s a good idea to introduce these posters to your pupils with a talk on the subject, explaining how bullying can affect others, and what the consequences can be. Most importantly though, pupils need to be encouraged respect and kindness, and reminded that the school is a ‘bully-free zone’. Regular discussions on the subject are also recommended, to ensure that awareness stays prominent.
Create a caring classroom
A key to ensuring anti-bullying in the classroom is to promote community between your pupils, as a class that can be friends with each are less likely to bully or be bullied. Our friendship stickers are the perfect resource to encourage friendship with one another. When pupils feel connected to their peers and teachers, they’re naturally more engaged. This, in turn, creates a team atmosphere where everyone feels like they belong, and are therefore more likely to support each other.
Another way to create a caring community is by preventing cliques, as this can cause pupils to divide and group off from each other, causing some pupils to be left out and, potentially opening a door to bullying situations. A handy tactic is to put pupils into workgroups outside of their friendship circles. Not only is this a good way to encourage pupils to socialise with new people, but it’ll also teach them important communication skills.
If bullying occurs in school, it’s likely that it’ll happen away from the teachers, though other pupils may be very aware of it and often witness it first hand. Encouraging bystanders to come forward is a must in this situation, though this can be difficult as these pupils will also have fear of being picked on it they do. Therefore, it’s essential to create a safe and confidential way for them to talk about it.
Empower your pupils to take a stand using our motivational anti-bullying resources, such as our ‘It’s cool to be kind’ wristbands, teaching pupils that being kind is the way forward.
By putting these actions in place, your classroom is more likely to understand that bullying is wrong, resulting in positive behaviour. When any of your pupils show an act of kindness, reward it as soon as you can to ensure they’re recognised for it by the whole classroom. By doing this, it will not only give them a sense of achievement that they’ll want to continue, but it’ll encourage others to do the same.
Our range of anti-bullying rewards includes a selection of effective products to mark accomplishments, such as trophies, medals and personalised certificates to make for an extra special reward. These rewards can act as reminders for years to come and encourage future kind behaviour throughout the rest of school and even adult life.
How ever you choose to promote anti-bullying this week, make sure your efforts continue throughout the rest of the school year. We’d love to help you along the way, so remember we’re here to help, and feel free to get in touch.