Disciplinary approach

The disciplinary approach (sometimes referred to as 'traditional') uses direct sanctions as a punishment for students who have bullied someone and also as a general deterrent.

This approach typically involves the development and communication of clear rules about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, and reasonable consequences for breaking the rules. These consequences generally involve punishment of the student who is considered responsible for the bullying behaviour.


The rationale behind this approach is that applying sanctions or punishment will:

  • deter the student responsible for the bullying behaviour from continuing to behave in an unacceptable manner
  • send a clear message to the rest of the student body that bullying is not acceptable and to deter them from bullying
  • demonstrate to children who have bullied someone that they deserve to be punished (a traditional belief).

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