​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Working in the classroom

Teachers can use the many opportunities that arise throughout the school day to discuss how people behave in various social situations, dealing with conflict, and how people get on with each other.

Learning about bullying — what it is, why it happens and what to do about it — within everyday classroom activities reinforces school values related to respect and inclusion. It also communicates to everyone that bullying is never okay.

A starting point for thinking and learning is quality and appropriate teaching resources. A series of lesson plans on a wide range of topics has been developed by Bullying. No Way for each National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, and is available all year round.

The Bullying. No Way! Teaching resources catalogue includes resources which have been reviewed by educators as suitable for use in the classroom.

Teaching about bullying in a meaningful way involves adopting a reflective and critical thinking approach and ensuring all students are included. A well-planned curriculum incorporates social-emotional ​learning, safe and supportive school environments and respectful relationships as part of students' formal learning.

Talking and teaching about bullying in the classroom may raise personal issues for some students. Bullying can be a sensitive topic to discuss in groups and classes, particularly if there are current unidentified bullying issues. Read the personal disclosure guidelines for teachers.