​​​​​​​Professional learning resources

About bullying
About vulnerable groups of students
About bystanders
About violence
About online safety and online bullying​​
About fostering social and emotional skills in young children
About the National Safe Schools Framework​​


About bullying

What is bullying? is a series of four short whiteboard animation videos which cover:

  • National definition of bullying
  • Misuse of power in relationships
  • Ongoing and repeated
  • Behaviours that can cause harm

The videos have an accompanying set of Discussion questions for staff (PDF, 1MB), Word version (DOCX, 1.5MB).

Professor Ken Rigby's online quiz What do you know about bullying? can be used by schools as part of a staff development activity. A practical resource for teachers about responding to reports of bullying is the Talking to students series (on YouTube) of videos featuring Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

Read one or more of the Research snapshots which summarise recent Australian research and present the implications for schools.

Watch and discuss Dr Catherine Bradshaw's Misdirections in Bullying Prevention and Response (Used with permission from the US website StopBullying.).

Read a short article by Jim Dillon (US educator and author) entitled You can't bully your way to bullying prevention (PDF, 208KB)accessible version (RTF, 45KB) as a discussion starter about the impact of staff behaviour in the prevention of bullying and fostering a positive school culture.

About vulnerable groups of students

The Bully Free World website (US) provides a set of resources for schools to address bullying of children with special needs, including talking to children about their right to a safe educational environment and promoting inclusive schools. Resources are provided for parents, educators and students and have been developed in partnership with The BULLY project (US)

For local context, Australian schools should refer to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education (particularly Part 8 'Standards for Harassment and Victimisation'). The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 states that harassment and victimisation in an educational setting is unlawful. The Standards clarify an education provider's obligation to eliminate harassment and victimisation. In addition, the Disability Standards for Education are supported by a suite of online courses developed by the University of Canberra in consultation with the states and the ACT, and some non-state authorities. First time visitor will need to apply for a registration log-in, which is free to most Australian schools.

The Safe Schools Do Better Unit guide includes a section for staff on the rationale and the importance of supporting students and reducing the levels of bullying students may experience related to their sexuality. This guide and other Safe Schools Coalition Australia resources can be found on the Australian Government's Student Wellbeing Hub

The Changes Faces website (UK) has ten tips for educators to develop understanding and skills to promote a positive school environments for students who are affected by a disfigurement.

About bystanders

Professional learning: Bystanders to student bullying (PDF, 1MB),Word version (DOCX, 1.2MB) provides three activities for personal reflection or a staff professional development session.  The three activities focus on ways to teach students how to use appropriate safe and supportive bystander strategies, developing staff knowledge about bystanders and fostering a positive school climate.

The animated video Our special superpower for students explores specific strategies they can use if they see bullying happening. The classroom discussion starter that supports Our special superpower provides detailed information for teachers about how to teach students to use safe and supportive bystander strategies.

​Abo​​ut violence

Working Together: Understanding student violence in schools was produced by Queensland's Department of Education in 2010. It provides information to assist school staff to understand the complexity of violence as well as the latest thinking about best practice in managing violence between students in schools. It focuses on long-term responses to preventing student violence. It does not cover dealing with individual violent incidents.

About online safety and online bullying

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides virtual classrooms as well as a list of accredited training providers for each state and territory. Training can be tailored to audiences of students, parents and carers and/or teachers.

Information for teachers and parents can also be found on the Online safety and online bullying page.

​About fostering social and emotional skills in young children

The section Start in early childhood includes extensive information for parents, carers and early childhood educators about how to promote social and emotional skills in young children.

About the National Safe Schools Framework

The Student Wellbeing Hub​ is the online source for Australia's National Safe Schools Framework. Professional learning modules are available for:

  • Teachers and school leaders​
  • specialist professionals
  • Pre-service teachers

Each professional learning module is designed for individual or group use, and consists of six sessions that can be completed online at your own pace. You can record your comments and ideas in an interactive online journal as you explore each module.

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