FUSE Primary is an anti-bullying and online safety programme developed by the Anti-Bullying Research and Resource centre in DCU, supported by Social Innovation Fund Ireland. The programme launches in September 2020 across Ireland.
FUSE Primary is grounded in Irish and international best practice research, consisting of a series of workshops and resources aimed at Primary School Students between the ages of 9 and 11. The Programme takes a whole-school approach, which allows it to involve parents, teachers and school staff of learners in primary schools across Ireland.
The ethos of FUSE is to always place young people at the centre of our programmes. FUSE Primary therefore aims to support and empower them to find solutions and initiatives themselves; to feel confident in their abilities to tackle bullying and online safety.
FUSE Primary is also a research and evaluation programme, enabling schools to identify areas of improvement and self-evaluation. The curriculum focuses on empowering students to develop initiatives in their schools which tackle bullying and raise awareness of online safety.
This is the first phase of the programme following an investment in the initiative by Social Innovation Fund Ireland in the last year.
Over the course of one academic year, FUSE Primary aims to:
- Reduce levels of bullying in schools
- Increase reporting of bullying incidents
- Provide learners with the tools to develop their levels of self-efficacy; thus enabling them to feel confident in tackling bullying and online safety.
- Raise student, school staff and parent awareness of online safety
- Increase inclusiveness within the school climate, enabling school staff, students and parents, to tackle bullying and online safety together.
At the beginning of FUSE Primary, teachers nominated by their school will be invited to our ST. Patrick’s Campus to participate in a one-day Teacher Training programme, delivered by FUSE staff. There will also be the option to avail of this training online.
This training will enable teachers to then deliver the five workshops to their students; as research shows that it is the teacher who is the best-placed person to deliver this content to learners. They will also be in a position to deliver a programme to their fellow teachers and other school staff on how to tackle bullying and online safety.
Following this training, teachers will also have access to online support materials including videos; webinars; presentations and worksheets. They will also be able to contact our Education Project Coordinator for any additional supports, should they require them.
Post-Programme evaluations will take place with school staff, parents and students. These evaluations will help us to measure the extent to which the programme is achieving its goals and impacting on participant’s knowledge of online safety and ability to tackle bullying.
Who can participate in FUSE Primary?
Any Primary School in Ireland can participate in our Programme. If you’re interested, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact David Swaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What year group is FUSE Primary aimed at?
FUSE Primary is designed for Primary School students between the ages of 9 to 11.
Is training required to deliver the FUSE Primary programme?
Yes, training is required to deliver our programme in your school; with interested parties having the option to take part in either online training or a one-day training event here in DCU. Further information about this can be found here.
What will I learn at the one-day FUSE Primary Training Event?
Training – both online or in-person – will explore many different areas, and a more detailed answer can be found here.
I am a parent/guardian, can I get involved in FUSE Primary?
Yes! We welcome your input into our programme. If your child is a learner between 9 and 11 years old, we would love for you to contribute to our research. Please contact your school’s principal and they can provide further information on how you can complete our survey.
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