For the sake of friendship – (KaPu)

The KaPu (…)

Here is another example of an engaging practice that, from a professional experience, fosters students’ SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. By school engagement we mean students’ observable participation in school activities, sense of belonging to classmates and teachers, and valuing success in school-related goals.

It is implemented by: Teachers, other educational professionals and students

It is directed at students aged: 6-8, 9-11

Target group: Student-centered, group-centered, class-centered, whole school approach

Main subjects involved: Languages, Social skills and Religion

ICT involvement:  no

Description of the practice:In line with the policy, well-being at school is supported in a preventive way so that bullying situations wouldn’t arise. Teachers and counselors ensure that teaching of emotional, interactional and social skills is implemented, for example as part of the following subjects: language and literature, environmental studies and religion. In the everyday school life special attention is given to the participation and grouping of each student – So that every student is seen and heard.  In addition, empathy skills in understanding differences and how we meet other people are stressed.  The various units of the school also have their own rules of order. These various measures enable the experience of safety and inclusion in the school.

The KaPu (For the sake of friendship) “life buoy” is used to tackle bullying. Depending on the situation, bullying situations are dealt with by 1) the students themselves, 2) KaPu student counselors, 3) class teachers/group leaders or 4) KaPu adults. When KaPu adults deal with bullying situations, the bullying is addressed and dealt with from initial screening, through follow-up steps, to final follow-up using the steps and forms of the ‘For the Sake of Friendship’ approach. The parties involved are helped to succeed in stopping bullying. If necessary, a Student Support Information Meeting will be held at the end of the bullying resolution process to support the parties involved. Information about the resolution of the bullying may be recorded in the student’s support records. School adults will ensure that everyone is aware of the importance of intervening in bullying and has the courage to speak up about bullying they have experienced or witnessed.

Accessible to any student: yes

Meaningful participation for every student: yes

Why? The rules say that everyone has the right to a peaceful, safe learning environment.

Support to the practice: yes

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