School leaders work to establish approaches and procedures that promote a positive school climate in which bullying is less likely to occur.
The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (2008) states, ‘Schools play a vital role in promoting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing of young Australians, and in ensuring the nation’s ongoing economic prosperity and social cohesion. Schools share this responsibility with students, parents, carers, families, the community, business and other education and training providers.’
Wellbeing contributes significantly to the learning and life outcomes of children and young people. Wellbeing is associated with better student outcomes from academic achievement to better mental health, and making responsible life choices.
Leadership commitment is integral to the safety and wellbeing of the school community. School leaders work to establish approaches and procedures that ensure a safe and supportive learning community.
Effective leaders promote a positive school culture where bullying is less likely to occur through:
- creating clear expectations of desirable school relationships and appropriate behaviour
- using data to inform decision making
- having high expectations of students, both academically and socially
- collaborating with school community members to implement immediate and fair consequences for both appropriate and inappropriate behaviour
- providing support for students so they can develop positive relationships and manage conflict
- regular monitoring and review of anti-bullying approaches and strategies
- promptly following up when bullying behaviour does occur.