Step 5: Use whole-school toolkits to respond to priorities

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 toolkits and School Stories to help schools implement each of the six whole-school action areas.

Chapter 1: Building Capacity

  • Toolkit 1.1 Whole-school surveys pg 72

Chapter 2: Supportive School Culture

  • Toolkit 2.1 Newsletter Items pg 102
  • Toolkit 2.2 Assembly Items pg 103
  • Toolkit 2.3 Peer Support pg 104
  • Toolkit 2.4 Bystanders pg 107- An Important Group
  • Toolkit 2.5 Assertiveness pg 111

Chapter 3: Proactive Policies and Practices

  • Toolkit 3.1 The Shared Concern Method pg 135
  • Toolkit 3.2 Support Group Methodpg 140
  • Toolkit 3.3 Motivational Interviewing and the Critical Thinking Line pg 142
  • Toolkit 3.4 Vision Statement and Guiding Principles pg 148
  • Toolkit 3.5 Policy Review Process pg 150
  • Toolkit 3.6 Preparing the School Community to Resolve Incidents of Bullying pg 166
  • Toolkit 3.7 Co-LATE Model pg 167

Chapter 4: Key Understandings and Competencies

  • Toolkit 4.1 Friendly Schools Teaching and Learning Materials pg 190

Chapter 5: Protective Physical Environment

  • Toolkit 5.1 Student Friendly School Map pg 220
  • Toolkit 5.2 Planning Sheet 1: Outdoor, Out-of-bounds, Safer Areas and Supervision Areas pg 221
  • Toolkit 5.3 Review Sheet 1: Review of Equipment and Activities pg 223
  • Toolkit 5.4 Planning Sheet 2: Physical Environment Strategies for Action pg 224

Chapter 6: School-Friendly-Community Partnerships

  • Toolkit 6.1 How Welcome Do Families Feel in Our School?pg 245
  • Toolkit 6.2 Family Communication Sheet 1: Communicating with Your Children pg 246
  • Toolkit 6.3 Family Communication Sheet 2: Discussing Bullying pg 247
  • Toolkit 6.4 The Shared Concern Method pg 250
  • Toolkit 6.5 The Family Friendship Carnival pg 253