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Introduction to KiVa anti-bullying programme and the BIG Lottery Innovation funded grant to disseminate and evaluate the programme in Wales, 20/02/13 [W]

You are invited to a meeting in Cardiff or Bangor with Professor Salmivalli, Turku University, Finland to learn more about theKiVa anti-bullying programme and the Welsh trial.

Bangor meeting, 19th March 2013, 10.30am – 12.30pm followed by lunch

Cardiff meeting, 20th March 2013, 10.00am – 12.00pm followed by lunch

(Booking is essential – see attached booking form)

Representatives of local authorities and Primary Schools in Wales are invited to a meeting in Bangor or Cardiff to learn about the KiVa Programme and the possibility of taking part in a trial. This project is funded by the BIG Lottery and the grant is held by the Social Research Unit, Dartington in partnership with Bangor University and the Children’s Early Intervention Trust.

The KiVa programme was developed and extensively researched in Finland, at Turku University, by Prof. Salmivalli and a pilot trial has been running in Wales during the current school year. The programme builds on Prof. Salmivalli’s research on the role of bystanders and how they can support children who are being bullied. The programme includes whole school and specific class elements, with structured lessons for key stage 2 pupils, computer games and indicated action strategies to address incidents of bullying. The programme was evaluated in a randomised controlled trial in Finland and subsequently rolled out to 82% of the 3,000 schools in Finland, with significant reductions in bullying.

The BIG Lottery Innovation Fund in Wales has funded the role-out and evaluation of this programme in twenty schools.  Funding covers the cost of registration with the programme, online access to the KiVa game, the school materials (including Welsh translations, posters and vests), staff training and coaching. Schools will also receive data from pupil on-line surveys.

 The KiVa programme has had a lot of policy maker interest and can contribute to delivery of the Welsh Government guidance on bullying. It is anticipated that the programme will help schools to reduce the rates of bullying and victimisation, and improve student school attendance.

Professor Salmivalli will describe the programme content and the research findings. Professor Judy Hutchings (Bangor University) and Dr Nick Axford (Social Research Unit, Dartington) will describe the Welsh Trial, explaining the requirements for participating schools, the resources to be provided and the two-year implementation plan.  A panel of teachers, who have been delivering the programme in the pilot trial will talk about their experience and be available for questions over lunch. We anticipate a lot of interest and booking is necessary, please see details below to book your place.

Booking form