Carole Phillips's Story
Carole Phillips, a student support & child protection officer and criminologist, visited education centres in the USA to find out about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Programme.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Programme (OBPP) is one of the world’s most well-known and well-researched anti-bullying strategies. It aims to prevent bullying problems from arising and to achieve better peer and adult-student relationships to help nurture a positive environment and culture within a school.
Carole spent four weeks in Montana, Pennsylvania and Texas visiting schools and correctional facilities that had implemented OBPP, witnessing the programme’ merits at first hand and exploring and how it could be transferred to schools in the UK.
Inspired by what she witnessed on her Fellowship, Carole has helped to develop an anti-bullying programme within Crickhowell High School, Wales, where she is based.
Some of the OBBP practices that have been embedded include a student voice platform, allowing students to voice concerns through a dedicated email account only accessed by senior management; and ‘collapsed timetable days’, during which time is set aside to explore different themes related to bullying and its prevention.
The programme, which was shortlisted for a Cyber Bullying Police Community Education Award, will be evaluated by the students through questionnaires and the results fed into future developments of the programme.