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Rationale Bullying and educational environments can be seen to go hand in hand However bullying and victimisation are not so deeply embedded in our school system that they cannot be prevented from happening and stopped if they are already taking place In School A a state primary school there were systems and programs in place that strove to eliminate bullying across all the grades They adopted a whole school approach which is designed to promote systematic changes in school culture against bullying behaviour or school violence Yoon Kerber 2003 p 27 This approach to tackling bullying and victimisation in schools is implemented on all levels of school life and should be well integrated into the school ethos The whole-school method of bullying intervention has been widely acclaimed and appraised and is seen as the most effective tactic to combat these issues in our school system Literature Review It has been thoroughly documented by the literature Eisenberg Neumark-Sztainer Perry 2003 Yoon Kerber 2003 Dake Price Telljohann 2003 that there is definitive correlation between bullying behaviours and serious short and long term outcomes for both victims and perpetrators This potential future for bullies and their victims is the integral reason that schools are now starting to focus on protecting their students against bullying Gini 2004 p9 However to effectively implement strategies to combat bullying in the school system it is imperative that a definition of bullying be known and recognised by all staff Bullying has been described as a proactive type of aggression without any provocation towards a victim Yoon and Kerber 2003 p27 Coie et al as cited in Gini 2004 p1 Olweus 2003 p1 Yoon and Kerber 2003 state that this targeted aggression can take on three separate forms- physical verbal and indirect bullying or social exclusion p28 There is also a general consensus in the literature that bullying entails an imbalance in strength where the powerful and dominant individual
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