Creating a safer school

The second training of Safeschool Erasmus+ project took place in Madrid from the 22nd to 25th of October 2018 and was hosted by the project’s partners, Colegio Nuestra Senora del Buen Consejo and Confederación Española de Centros de Enseñanza (CECE), which hosted the entire activity and prepared all the necessary logistics.  

The main aim of the training was to work with 28 of the partners’ staff (teachers, educators, school counselors, trainers in the field of school education). All participants shared information and knowledge about bullying, participated in thematic workshops, brainstormed and got practical ideas on how to implement anti-bullying strategies in schools, how to involve all relevant actors, teachers, parents, pupils and the school community.

Each partner of the Safeschool project prepared part of the training, based on each module previously designed by them, and discussed on different perspectives always with the objective of tackling bullying.

During the training participants worked on:

  • Social and Emotional Learning in School (SEL) – CECE developed a workshop on the importance of Social Emotional Learning, on how teachers have to lead by example and on the importance of vulnerability.
  • Supportive classroom environment – IKAROS Foundation exposed different techniques and practical activities on how teachers can influence the environment of a class to make it more inclusive and appealing to everyone.
  • Peer training for teachers and school staff – All the training was led by peers, which made it much more relevant and profitable through its practicability.
  • Creation of students support groups in schools guided by a peer leader – Buen Consejo School showed us the plan they created and started putting into practice in their school. It was a very interesting discussion, very practical and very useful to every participant, as the participants could truly see how the implementation was and the challenges the school staff faced, asked many questions that were happily answered by Buen Consejo staff. They’ve complemented this activity with many interactive role-playing activities to makes us understand the effect it can have on pupils.
  • Creation of school-family bridges – School 79 presented and discussed with all the participants the importance of a synergy between families and the school staff, not only to tackle bullying but also for the better development of the pupils.  
  • Developing sessions for reflection activities in schools – Mentortec showed all the participants different techniques during all the week. They made every participant participate in different reflection activities with the purpose of showing the participants different models of what they could do with their students.
  • Review of schools' policies and procedures related to bullying – Erifo reviewed and compared the different policies in place between all the partner countries, then, participants engaged in a constructive conversation on what could be the differential points.
  • Creation of a non-formal and informal environment in the school in order to strengthen cohesion among peers – Ikaros made a practical workshop to make all participants understand how to foment cohesion.

The training week was a success; all the participants went home with renewed energies, more knowledge and the will to start implementing these new anti-bullying strategies in their centers.