Research shows that the person best-placed to deliver anti-bullying programmes to school students is the teacher of these learners.
At FUSE, we believe that collaborating with schools and teachers yields the most effective results; and a significant part of that collaboration is to offer Teacher Training. This ensures that educators will feel equipped to return to schools and deliver the content of the FUSE Programme to both their students and their colleagues.
To deliver the FUSE programme in your school, Teacher Training is required. Schools will nominate one or two teachers to become Anti-Bullying Coordinators, and these nominated teachers will then participate in our training.
Teacher Training is offered both in-person and online. A one-day Teacher Training event will be provided by staff from the National Anti-Bullying Centre, and will take place on the DCU St. Patrick’s Campus, Drumcondra. Nominated teachers can also participate in this training online.
Training will provide teachers with the ability to return to their school and deliver the modules of the FUSE Programme to their students. It will also allow them to deliver a programme to their fellow teachers and other school staff on how to tackle bullying and online safety.
Because of the restrictions we all face due to COVID-19, we are currently reviewing when would be the most appropriate – and safest – time to deliver Teacher Training face-to-face. We will however be providing Teacher Training online for those wishing to implement the programme in their school from September 2020.
What will I learn?
The Training will cover several issues that we feel are relevant to successfully implementing the Programme. One of the most vital elements to explore is learning how to deliver FUSE in your school, and to maximise its effectiveness among your learners.
We also want to use training to upskill teachers on their knowledge of bullying – indeed, research has shown that 54% of educators would like to receive further training on the issue of bullying, and our Teacher Training can ensure that teachers feel supported, informed and equipped to tackle the issue.
It should also be said that while FUSE places the learner at the centre of our programmes, we fundamentally believe in supporting the teacher. With this in mind, we also look into the importance of self-care, and how teachers can look after themselves when dealing with such a sensitive and emotionally-charged issue like bullying.
Other content that we will explore in Teacher Training includes:
- What is FUSE?
- What is involved?
- How to identify and intervene appropriately in bullying incidents.
- How to report bullying
- How to support students who are the victims of bullying
- Policy Development
- Upskilling your colleagues on bullying and online safety.
To register your school for FUSE, please click here.
Schools who register will get an email confirming their participation.