By promoting positive, sustainable, whole-school improvement, Friendly Schools helps school communities to build their own capacity for change. It enables schools to assess the social and emotional wellbeing of their students, examine their existing strategies for bullying prevention, identify strengths and areas in need of improvement and then address these gaps using extensively tested strategies. This process is supported by a range of evidence-based resources tested and found to be effective in many different types of Australian schools.
Friendly Schools aims to increase awareness, understanding and use of the key skills to build students’ personal and social capability, including self-awareness and self-management and social awareness and social management to enhance pro-social, and discourage anti-social behaviour. It also focusses on whole school strategies to reduce all forms of bullying including strategies to engage with families, build a positive school climate, develop clear policies that encourage positive social behaviours including encouraging upstander behaviour and also actions the school will take in response to bullying behaviour; enhancing the schools’ physical environment to encourage positive behaviour.
Although school leaders, teachers, students and parents will all find unique benefits when using Friendly Schools to support their school’s wellbeing policies and practices, the central goal of Friendly Schools implementation is to unite the school community to create and maintain a friendly, positive and safe school culture and environment and positive wellbeing outcomes for students and staff.
Please email FriendlySchools.SMB@telethonkids.org.au for further information.