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What are the best ways of tackling bullying in school?

An approach which is used in many schools in Scotland is the Praise and Reward System. Teachers have reported that the system has had a positive effect on pupil behaviour and the general atmosphere of the school. As the name suggests, there is a special emphasis on rewarding good behaviour and effort. This would involve formal and public recognition, for example receiving an award at a school assembly. The system also includes punishments for unacceptable behaviour. A successful system would usually involve teachers and pupils agreeing on a short list of rules for the school and the classroom. Pupils might also be involved in drawing up a list of sanctions and punishments to be applied if the rules were broken. Although the Praise and Reward System is not specifically aimed at bullying, it can help to discourage it by creating a positive school ethos, which encourages children to value themselves and others.
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Article details

P Munn (2000) 'Information About Praise and Reward Systems', Information Sheet Number 12, Edinburgh: The Anti-Bullying Network. This information sheet can be downloaded here.
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Pamela MunnAuthor details

Professor Pamela Munn is Dean of Moray House School of Education at The University of Edinburgh. She is also Director of the Anti-Bullying Network and the Scottish Schools Ethos Network, which are both based at The University of Edinburgh. She has been involved in research projects on bullying, discipline and truancy for a number years. Among her many publications on these topics are two major anti-bullying support packs which were sent to all schools in Scotland and which have received enthusiastic international attention. You may visit the website of Moray House School of Education and also the website of the Scottish Schools Ethos Network.
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