For Schools and Teachers

Anti-Bullying Intervention Programs

The Whole School Community Approach to Bullying – Ireland

This anti-bullying programs involves the entire school community to counter bullying behaviour in primary and post-primary schools. The approach requires that boards of management, staff, students and parents are trained to counter bullying behaviours.

Professor Mona O’Moore of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre in DCU states that 4 pillars of action are used to counter bullying. These are (1) implementing policy and practice to address bullying, improving with continuous evaluation. (2) Enhancing understandings and skills among staff, students and parents. (3) Building collaborative partnerships between school, family and community. (4) Building a positive school culture.

For more information on this approach go to the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre website or read more about the approach by going to

The Zero program

The Zero program was developed by the Centre for Behavioural Research at the University of Stavanger in Norway. It follows three principles: A zero tolerance of bullying, collective commitment of everyone in the school climate and continuous revision and training. Zero focuses on providing staff, pupils and parents with the skills to recognise bullying, solve issues and prevent future bullying through prevention efforts in everyday school life. For more information go to

The KiVa Project – Finland

The KiVa program was developed at the University of Turku in Finland. The KiVa program is divided into two approaches, these are universal actions which make up its preventative branch including student lessons and online games to provide resources to prevent bullying. While the indicated actions are used to tackle confirmed cases of bullying to support victims, perpetrators and bystanders. KiVa is divided into three streams, these are for children from 6-9, 10-12 and 13-16 years old. For more information on the KiVa program go to

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

The Olweus bullying program was developed by Professor Dan Olweus in Norway. The program is designed for primary and post-primary pupils. Research has shown that the program is delivered to all pupils with additional materials for perpetrators and victims. The program involves several age specific materials and resources for teachers and pupils. The goals of the program are to reduce existing bullying, boost pupil relationships and prevent future bullying. Schools may evaluate the program using the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire to address specific issues that may arise in the school.  For more information on the Olweus program go to


School Bullying
National Action Plan on Bullying

The National Action Plan on Bullying by the Department of Education and Skills outlines the government initiative to counteract and prevent bullying in schools.

Department of Education & Skills Anti-Bullying Procedures

The Anti Bullying procedures for Primary and Post Primary Schools

All Together Now Project Guide

The lesson plan and overview for the All Together Now project to prevent homophobic bullying in primary schools

Preventing Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying in Schools

A Resource for Post-Primary Schools to Prevent Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying and Support LGBT Students

Creating a Welcoming and Positive School Climate to Prevent Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying

Creating a Welcoming and Positive School Climate to Prevent Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying

All Together Now Lesson Plans for Primary Schools

An Educational Awareness Programme on Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying in Primary Schools

School Resources

Self-esteem and Resilience
Resilience Academy

The Resilience Academy program is designed to support second year students to cope with the challenges that they may face in or outside of school to build and support their self-esteem and overall mental health. The program provides them with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to respond to these challenges in a healthy and constructive manner. The course is run over 8 weeks in schools. Schools can sign up directly by contacting Pieta House.

Social Inclusion
Taking the Temperature

Taking the Temperature is a anonymous survey which aids schools in measuring the levels of inclusion and bullying in their school.


General Advice
National Anti-Bullying Research Centre DCU

The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre provides training, workshops and support for anyone affected by school or workplace bullying.

Preventing School Bullying of Children With Special Educational Needs or Disability

The National Disability Authority Reports on Preventing Bullying of Children with Special Educational Needs or Disability

Enable Ireland

Enable Ireland provides services and support for children and adults in Ireland with disabilities

Inclusive Education Information for Intellectual Disabilities

Steps Forward is an Inclusive Education website focusing on methods of inclusion for those with Intellectual Disability in education

Pesky gNATs

Pesky gNATs is designed to help mental health professionals deliver CBT interventions to young people. It combines gaming and mobile technology with the highest quality psychological content to support evidence-based interventions with young people aged 9-17.

Better Internet for Kids

Better Internet for Kids is the European Commission website to create a better internet for children and young people.


eTwinning offers a platform for staff (teachers, head teachers, librarians, etc.), working in a school, to communicate, collaborate, develop projects, share and, in short, feel and be part of the most exciting learning community in Europe.