You are here

Preventing Bullying in Schools

Preventing Bullying in Schools
A Guide for Teachers and Other Professionals

First Edition
  • Chris Lee - Former Head of the School of Continuing Professional Development at the University of Plymouth

June 2004 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Written from the whole-school perspective on bullying prevention, Chris Lee's book, Preventing Bullying in Schools: A Guide for Teachers and Other Professionals offers a series of activities and discussion points aimed at increasing awareness about bullying and informing school policy and practices. This practical guidebook is aimed primarily for teachers and others working in schools as well as students of education`- Education Review

`This is an easily readable book with many interesting and useful ideas and activities; a "must read" for anyone planning staff training on bullying' - Emotional Behavioural Difficulties

`The author provides practical advice on how to counter and prevent bullying in schools, suggesting exercises that will promote change. The book would make excellent INSET provision. It includes both classroom-based and staffroom -based activities and is a succinct reference for busy professionals' - Leadership Links (NAHT)

`What is admirable about this book is the way it takes a difficult and sometimes intangible issue and shows systematic strategies for dealing with it... This is a welcome book, a skilful mix of practical advice placed in a broader perspective of defining bullying carefully and exploring existing good practice' Geoff Barton, Times Educational Supplement

`The book is written in a clear and succinct and meaningful manner and it is vital that his book be in every classroom throughout the UK and most importantly that it is read, understood and followed!' - Dr L F Lowenstein, Educational, Clinical and Forenscic Psychological Consultant

`The entire book makes an excellent INSET provision... it should be on all headteachers', senior staff and pastoral leaders' shelves' - David Hall, Assistant Headteacher

`Preventing Bullying in Schools is signally important reading for anyone directly or indirectly involved with the creation of a violence-free learning environment for children' - Midwest Book Review and Internet Bookwatch

'Easy to use, informative, and very practical' - Debate

Designed to offer teachers, student teachers, teaching assistants and other educational professionals advice on how to counter and prevent bullying in schools, this book suggests classroom-based and staffroom-based activities that will help promote change.

Tried and tested strategies are put forward based on the author's school-based research and regular work in schools, training staff who deal with incidents of bullying. Included is advice on:

} understanding the terminology

} anti-bullying strategies

} writing a whole-school policy

} generating whole-school responsibility and involvement

} useful contacts and organizations.

The book shows what can be done to tackle an area of great concern to pupils, teachers and parents and makes powerful and realistic suggestions for ways forward.

Chris Lee is a former teacher who now lectures and undertakes research at the University of Plymouth where he runs courses for teachers and teaching assistants.

What Will This Book Do For You?
What this Book Will Do for You
Prevention and Principles

The Structure of the Book and How to Use it

The Activities

Where Are You in Your Handling of Bullying? The Four Types of School

How Do We Know When It Is Bullying?
Types of Bullying and Behaviour

Problems with Defining Bullying

Looking at Examples

The Vocabulary of Bullying

Questionnaires with Children

Talking with Bullies and Victims

A Model of Bullying: Moving from a Bullying Action to a Bullying Relationship

Teachers and the Definition Task

Who Is Involved in Bullying?




What is Needed in an Anti-Bullying Policy
The Importance of Taking Action against Bullying

The Whole-School Policy

What Might Be Put in Place

Managing Bullying Actions and Bullying Relationships

Peer Support

How to Move Your School Forward
Summing Up

The Top Ten Pieces of Advice in Preventative Strategy


`Preventing Bullying in Schools is signally important reading for anyone directly or indirectly involved with the creation of a violence free learning environment for children' - Midwest Book Review and Internet Bookwatch

This was a good read for our BSc (Hons) students. Many felt it was user friendly and provided easy to follow strategies.

Miss Rebecca James
HE Centre, Neath Port Talbot College
January 30, 2020

I have already recommended this book to my level 2 learners to help them prepare for level 3 in September. there are some easy to follow strategies with lots of different scenarios to help them relate to practice. The chapters are clearly set out and the book easy to navigate through either for picking out particular information or as a guide to classroom practice. Good for teaching staff as well as support staff.

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
April 24, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file of the introduction

For instructors

This book is not available as an inspection copy. For more information contact your local sales representative.

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9780761944720
ISBN: 9780761944713

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.

SAGE Knowledge brings together high-quality content from across our imprints, including CQ Press and Corwin titles.