Friendly Schools research has found that student experiences of bullying can have a significant and negative impact on academic learning. An anxious, frightened and withdrawn student has limited learning potential. By contrast, schools that emphasise social and emotional learning demonstrate improved test scores, better school attendance, heightened trust and respect for teachers, improved participation in class and fewer suspensions.
Given their unique ability to guide student learning, teachers have a crucial role to play when it comes to reducing bullying in schools and building capacity for a safe and friendly school culture. In this section of the Friendly Schools website, we offer evidence-based advice to help teachers deal with bullying behaviour within the classroom and beyond. To learn more about specific activities and techniques that you can use in your classroom, view the range of Friendly Schools Plus classroom resources for students aged 4–14.