- raise awareness of bullying on the grounds of protected characteristics with pupils, parents, staff, and governors and take a more proactive approach to preventing and mitigating its effects (see Appendix 3 for a checklist);
- consult pupils, parents, and others, to identify the extent and nature of bullying in the school and to agree the contents of strategic equality plans;
- plan age-appropriate opportunities in the curriculum to discuss issues related to the protected characteristics and to build pupils’ resilience to bullying;
- ensure staff have a clear understanding of the extent and nature of bullying that may take place in school, including cyberbullying,
- make sure that staff know how to deal with and record incidents of bullying;
- record and monitor incidents of bullying in relation to the protected characteristics and use this information to review strategic equality objectives; and
- make sure all policies and procedures meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
Local authorities and regional consortia should:
- provide training and support for school staff to improve their understanding of the Equality Act 2010 and its implications;
- provide training and support for school governors to enable them to fulfil their statutory responsibilities to monitor strategic equality plans and objectives; and
- monitor the quality and effectiveness of schools’ strategic equality plans more closely.
The Welsh Government should:
- publicise the ‘Respecting Others’ guidance.