Rhiw Bechan pupils
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Rhiw Bechan pupils write optimistic issues about one another as a part of the KiVa scheme

Particular person faculty insurance policies on bullying must be changed by a nationwide technique, a number one knowledgeable has mentioned.

Bangor College’s Prof Judy Hutchings mentioned bullying decreased in Finland after this strategy was adopted.

One in 10 secondary faculty pupils in Wales are bullied weekly and 35% have been focused within the final two months, in response to figures from the Colleges Well being Analysis Community.

The Welsh Authorities is reviewing the steering it gives to varsities.

The Kids’s Commissioner for Wales, Prof Sally Holland, believes statutory recording of incidents would make faculties extra accountable, however desires to keep away from a league desk “naming and shaming” faculties.

Bangor College researchers have been introducing a programme from Finland referred to as KiVa, with the primary 14 faculties to participate reporting a 40% discount in bullying, and 123 extra faculties registering on the scheme.

The scheme features a youngster survey, faculty actions, classes, on-line video games, a web site and a dad and mom’ night – and focuses on altering bullies and bystanders, relatively than altering victims’ behaviour.

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The pupils learn optimistic issues classmates have written about them

Allyson Whitticase, head trainer at Rhiw Bechan in Newtown, Powys, wish to see it rolled out throughout Wales.

“I really feel passionately about psychological well being in youngsters, we’ve an terrible lot of youngsters who’re anxious lately,” she mentioned.

“Later in life they’ll have the ability to recognise bullying, whether or not in office or in additional training, they’ll have the methods to know how you can cope with that and hopefully that can shield their psychological well being and wellbeing.”

Prof Hutchings mentioned present anti-bullying insurance policies didn’t change behaviour “as a result of it was a chunk of paper in someone’s workplace” and should not have been developed primarily based on proof of what works.

The Welsh Authorities mentioned it desires to see a whole-school, proactive strategy – however it’s for faculties to determine which strategy works finest.

The Kids’s Commissioner for Wales, Prof Holland, added: “I do not need dad and mom to be delay sending the kids to some faculties as a result of they appear to have excessive ranges of bullying.

“If faculties are recognising bullying they could find yourself recording greater ranges than faculties that are not and as a mum or dad myself I’d be extra assured in faculties that recognised bullying was happening than one which swept it beneath the carpet.”

She added giving faculties inspectorate Estyn an even bigger function in monitoring how faculties carry out on this space might be one reply.