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A look at the ways in which one primary school in north London has used PSHE as part of their strategy to tackle bullying and transform pupils' behaviour.
Aggressive and bullying behaviour were big issues at Hollickwood Primary School. One year after their anti-bullying strategy was implemented, OFSTED judged behaviour at the school to be "outstanding".
So how have they done this? According to headteacher Chris Ryan, it's all about developing practical ways to help pupils understand bullying, managing pupils' emotions and above all, encouraging them to 'tell'.
Ryan's first concern is to ensure that everyone at the school understands what bullying is. Year 6 created their own anti-bullying interactive powerpoint that explored the feelings of all those involved in bullying. Potential bullies are also taught calming tricks to help them manage their emotions.
Deputy head John Westmore explains how pupils at Hollickwood have become emotionally articulate, helping to create an environment where bullying fails to thrive.
Part of the series: New Heads