The Bullying Prevention and Response Work Programme for 2019-2022 has been developed and approved by the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group. This work programme will be the main vehicle through which the Ministry of Education’s bullying prevention and response work is progressed. He Māpuna te Tamaiti – Supporting Social and Emotional Competencies in Early Learning has been distributed to Early Childhood Centres and new entrant teachers. A revised online Behaviour and Learning guide is also available on the Inclusive Education website.
Work is also underway to make effective use of Wellbeing at School toolkits, promotional pamphlets and Bullying Free NZ Week resources. Learning Support Coordinators have also been inducted.
A pilot of Wellbeing at School (W@S) survey items regarding racism/unfairness and student resilience has been completed, and there's been engagement with schools that are effectively implementing bullying prevention approaches. Findings on effective approaches to bullying prevention will be shared with schools throughout 2021.
Bullying-Free NZ Week 2021 took place 17-21 May (the 2020 week was cancelled due to Covid-19).