Resources

  • Teacher Resource
  • Evidence for Practice
  • Student and Staff Surveys
  • Parent Book
  • Posters

Teacher Resource Friendly Schools Plus provides explicit multidisciplinary learner-centred teaching and learning resources for students aged 4 to 14 to enhance their social and emotional learning and to reduce bullying.

The Friendly Schools Plus teaching and learning resources for 4 to 14 year old students use a strengths-based approach that focuses on what creates positive health rather than emphasising risk factors or causes of ill-health. It is designed to address three key aspects of students’ school experiences shown to be related to improved social and emotional development: promoting positive peer relationships, promoting positive teacher-child relationships, and explicit teaching related to emotions, social knowledge and social skills. These resources aim to develop students’ social and emotional competencies to enable them to recognise and control their emotions; build positive relationships; show consideration for others; make thoughtful and sensible choices; and cope successfully with difficult situations. Outcomes are developed through the following five focus areas:

• Self-Awareness
• Self-Management
• Social Awareness
• Relationship Skills
• Social Decision-Making


Teachers are encouraged to teach from each of the social and emotional learning focus areas in the order presented, as each builds on the vocabulary, concepts and skills covered in preceding focus areas.

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Evidence of Practice Friendly Schools Plus provides whole-school practice toolkits to implement changes to policy, the schools' social and physical climate and links with families and the community to enhance social and emotional learning and reduce bullying.

To help schools build and maintain a comprehensive whole-school approach a summary of evidence-based practice is provided in each chapter of this book along with a series of implementation tools to help schools achieve positive change. For example, to enhance the school social environment, evidence is provided to better understand why this component of a whole-school approach is important and how it can be enhanced. Tools such as newsletter items are provided to help schools implement the changes recommended.

The Friendly Schools PLUS program comprises 25 toolkits and 11 School Stories to help schools implement each of the six whole-school action areas.

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Student and Staff Surveys The Friendly Schools Plus initiative helps schools to respond effectively to the social behaviour, strengths and needs of its students while concurrently supporting schools to review, plan, build capacity and implement critical evidence-based actions to effectively respond to these strengths and needs. This approach is critical for school improvement and long-term planning.

Friendly Schools Plus assesses students’ strengths and needs to help schools to know what to target to enhance social and emotional learning and reduce bullying.

Student and staff surveys are a reliable and relatively quick method of gaining a school community perspective on pastoral care practices or bullying related issues. To ensure school strategies meet students’ social and emotional strengths and needs, schools must determine students’ understandings, attitudes, competencies and behaviours. Schools would not implement a reading program, for example, without first assessing and understanding student reading behaviours. The same is true for social behaviours, which can vary significantly between schools. Friendly Schools Plus provides two self-administered online Survey Tools to be completed by students from 10 to 17 years, and staff. (Teachers and parents only would complete the questionnaires for students younger than age 10.) The results from these online surveys are aggregated into school level reports to help schools determine their priorities for student social and emotional development and to guide decision-making about current and future actions implemented at a whole-school and classroom level.

Student Survey


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Staff Survey

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Terms and Conditions

  • Surveys are valid for thirty (30) days once survey links have been sent
  • Email address for host contact for schools is required. This is used to set up survey and send report.
  • Schools will receive survey link via email within two (2) working days of orders being processed
  • School will receive an analytical report of survey purchased within five (5) working days of completion.
  • Schools requiring more than thirty (30) days to complete survey will incur an additional $20.00 (inc GST) fee. This allows additional access for up to thirty (30) days.

Surveys cannot be purchased online please download order form to register.

Parent Book Everyone hopes bullying won’t happen to them or to someone they know and care about. But bullying does happen to some children and lots of others will see it happening around them. While some are concerned about the effects of bullying on their children, however, they can be unsure how to help their children prevent or respond effectively, especially when bullying is perpetrated via technology as for cyber bullying. This book provides parents with information and understanding about how to communicate with their children about bullying, cyber bullying and social emotional learning, strategies and actions to use at home consistent with the learning at school through the Friendly Schools Plus Initiative and how to support their children and their children’s schools efforts to reducing bullying.

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Help your students create a bully-free enviroment with a set of 9 posters. Each one follows the THINK, PLAN, ACT, DO theme and walks students through different aspects of dealing with bullying such as determining what bullying is, developing a plan for dealing with it, understanding who they can talk to about it and what to do if others are being bullied.

Posters

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